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Asthma Cells Scramble Like ‘There’s a Fire Drill’

August 13, 2015 9:09 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

In people with asthma, the cells that line the airways in the lungs are unusually shaped and “scramble around like there’s a fire drill going on.” But according to a new study, an unexpected discovery suggests intriguing new avenues both for basic biological research and for therapeutic interventions to fight asthma.

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Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing Takes On Growing Role in Pathogen Detection

August 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Chris Linthwaite | Articles | Comments

Pathogen detection is an emerging application where targeted, next-generation sequencing (NGS) holds great potential. Not only can it quickly identify all species in a given sample and guide targeted treatments, it can also be useful to track the evolution of microorganisms, allowing public health officials to develop proactive strategies to help them stay ahead of deadly outbreaks.

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Octopus Genome Sequenced

August 13, 2015 8:34 am | by University of Chicago | News | Comments

The first whole genome analysis of an octopus reveals unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. An international team of scientists sequenced the genome of the California two-spot octopus - the first cephalopod ever to be fully sequenced - and mapped gene expression profiles in 12 different tissues. 

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Exercise May Impact Reduced Disease Activity in Children with MS

August 13, 2015 8:33 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who get regular exercise may have a less active disease, according to a new study published online Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

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Google's Latest Project: Minuscule Glucose Monitors

August 13, 2015 8:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The hope is that these monitors can become the standard of care and replace the current finger-stick testing methods.

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New Glove Box Controls Relative Humidity or Oxygen Levels

August 12, 2015 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Nitrogen Purge Series of Glove Boxes from Flow Sciences, Inc. allow the user to purge Relative Humidity or Oxygen Levels down to ~2%. These enclosures are capable of protecting the process by nearly eliminating moisture or oxygen with the flow of inert gas.

Receptors in Brain Linked to Schizophrenia, Autism

August 12, 2015 11:25 am | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research.

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Study Suggests REM Sleep Helps the Brain Capture Snapshots of Dream Images

August 12, 2015 11:19 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

An international team of researchers is the first to demonstrate that during dreams, our eyes and brains respond similarly to how they react to images when we’re awake.

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Hepatitis C Infection May Fuel Heart Risk

August 12, 2015 11:14 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

People infected with the hepatitis C virus are at risk for liver damage, but the results of a new study now show the infection may also spell heart trouble.

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On the Origin of (Robot) Species

August 12, 2015 11:09 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have observed the process of evolution by natural selection at work in robots, by constructing a ‘mother’ robot that can design, build and test its own ‘children’, and then use the results to improve the performance of the next generation, without relying on computer simulation or human intervention. 

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Vitamin Supplement May Prolong Onset of Psychosis

August 12, 2015 10:22 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Patients eligible for participating in this study were between the ages of 13 and 25 because young people are typically most at risk for developing schizophrenia and demonstrate at least one of three risk factors for psychosis. 

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Identifying Defective Heart Genes

August 12, 2015 10:13 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A new technique could eventually enable doctors to diagnose genetic heart diseases by rapidly scanning more than 85 genes known to cause cardiac anomalies.

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Scientists Say Fetal Tissue Essential for Medical Research

August 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research.

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Portable Laboratory Glove Box

August 11, 2015 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal, the leader in controlled-environment equipment and furnishings, announces the addition of a portable glove box to their economic ValuLine products. The compact, two-port design is ideal for everyday use in a space-conscious laboratory or clean room.

Scientists Determine How Antibiotic Gains Cancer-Killing Sulfur Atoms

August 11, 2015 10:50 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

In a discovery with implications for future drug design, scientists have shown an unprecedented mechanism for how a natural antibiotic with antitumor properties incorporates sulfur into its molecular structure, an essential ingredient of its antitumor activity.

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