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Mechanism Insights Into SMA Suggest New Treatment Paths

January 13, 2015 10:07 am | by CSHL | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) sheds new light on the underlying pathology of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare but devastating disease that causes muscle weakness and paralysis and is the leading genetic cause of infant deaths. The newly obtained insights may prove valuable as scientists currently work to define optimal treatment strategies for patients.

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BPA and BPS Affect Embryonic Brain Development in Zebrafish

January 13, 2015 10:02 am | by University of Calgary | News | Comments

Bisphenol A, known as BPA, is produced in massive quantities around the world for use in consumer products, including household plastics. In response to public concerns, many manufacturers have replaced BPA with a chemical called bisphenol S (BPS), which is often labeled as "BPA-free" and presumed to be safer.

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Mutation Maps

January 13, 2015 9:52 am | News | Comments

DNA sequences were once thought to be identical from cell to cell, but it’s increasingly understood that mutations can arise during brain development that affect only certain groups of brain cells.                                          

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Genome Sequencing of 200-Year-Old Whales May Help Humans Fight Disease

January 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

For the first time, the genome of a mammal longer-lived than man has been sequenced: the bowhead whale, who lives 200-plus years, and gets far less cancer given its size.                                       

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High-Performance LC/MS System

January 12, 2015 5:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Advion Inc. introduced an affordable, high-performance liquid chromatography system to complement its line of expression compact mass spectrometers (CMS).

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IEEE Unveils Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015

January 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by IEEE | News | Comments

In the coming year, while consumers will be treated to a dizzying array of augmented reality, wearables, and low-cost 3-D printers, computer researchers will be tackling the underlying technology issues that make such cutting-edge consumer electronics products possible.    

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High Performance Liquid Chromatography System

January 12, 2015 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific unveiled a new high performance liquid chromatography system designed from the ground up to provide new levels of performance, productivity and usability when used as a standalone system or with the latest mass spectrometers.

Hacking Fat Cells' Metabolism Does Not Affect Insulin Resistance

January 12, 2015 9:26 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

In the race to find a safe and effective weight loss drug, much attention has focused on the chemical processes that store and use energy.                     

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Tracing Cancer Back to Its Origins

January 12, 2015 9:23 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

The fingers of papillary tumors often grow back after surgery, but flat carcinoma in situ cancers are typically more aggressive and more likely to spread.                  

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The Bacteria That Help Us Digest Yeast Could Fight Disease

January 12, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Bacteria that have evolved to help us digest the yeast that give beer and bread their bubbles could support the development of new treatments to help people fight off yeast infections and autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease.     

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CDC Pushes Antiviral Meds as Flu Becomes More Widespread

January 12, 2015 8:58 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.                       

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Virtual Reality vs. Real Life: How Brain Neurons Light Up

January 12, 2015 8:56 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Space-mapping brain neurons do not “light up” in scans when exposed to the virtual reality (VR) at work in kids’ video games, the way they do in the “real world.” The neurons—found in the hippocampus—only mirror the “reality” state some 50 percent of the time.

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Brains Keep Memories Tidy By Pruning Innacurate Ones

January 12, 2015 8:52 am | by Princeton University | News | Comments

New research shows that the human brain uses memories to make predictions about what it expects to find in familiar contexts.                       

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Biogen Idec, Columbia to Conduct Collaborative Genetics Research

January 12, 2015 8:48 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

The agreement will integrate genomics research conducted at Columbia with Biogen Idec’s understanding of disease mechanisms and pathways, and expertise in discovering new medicines.             

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Sounding Out Speech

January 12, 2015 8:42 am | by Peter Reuell. Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

Among the thorniest challenges in the study of speech perception, the invariance problem was first identified in the 1950s, when scientists began using instruments to analyze spoken language.            

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