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Back from Death? ReAnima Project to Try and Wake the Dead Brain

May 4, 2016 10:21 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two biotech companies will attempt to bring some measure of life into the brains of 20 people in India with the application of stem cells. It’s called the “ReAnima Project,” and it just received an institutional review board approval.

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Mapping the Circuit of Our Internal Clock

May 4, 2016 9:36 am | by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

The SCN is the control center for our internal genetic clock, the circadian rhythms which regulate everything from sleep to hunger, insulin sensitivity, hormone levels, body temperature, cell cycles and more.

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Autism, Cancer Have 'Remarkable' Number of Risk Genes in Common

May 4, 2016 9:31 am | by University of California, Davis Health System | News | Comments

Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well.

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Genetic Detectives: How Scientists Use DNA to Track Disease Outbreaks

May 4, 2016 9:13 am | by The Conversation, Emily Toth Martin, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan | News | Comments

They’re the top questions on everyone’s mind when a new disease outbreak happens: where did the virus come from? When did this happen? How long has it been spreading in a particular country or group of people?

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PCR Screening Kits Enable Enhanced Extraction

May 3, 2016 10:08 am | by Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories' five ddPCR Multiplex Mutation Screening Kits screen for multiple key actionable cancer mutations and wild type in a single reaction, enabling researchers to extract more information from limited biological samples.  

Math Points to 100-Times Faster Mapping of Gene Activity

May 3, 2016 10:01 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

New research could accelerate – by 10 to 100-fold – the pace of many efforts to profile gene activity, ranging from basic research into how to build new tissues from stem cells to clinical efforts to detect cancer or auto-immune diseases by profiling single cells in a tiny drop of blood.

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New Breast Cancer Genes and Mutations Pave Way for Personalized Treatment

May 3, 2016 9:55 am | by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | News | Comments

The largest-ever study to sequence the whole genomes of breast cancers has uncovered five new genes associated with the disease and 13 new mutational signatures that influence tumor development.

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Neuroscientists Find Evidence for 'Visual Stereotyping'

May 3, 2016 9:49 am | by New York University | News | Comments

The stereotypes we hold can influence our brain's visual system, prompting us to see others' faces in ways that conform to these stereotypes, neuroscientists have found.

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Monkey Bars Alert: Playground Concussions Are on the Rise

May 3, 2016 9:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns.

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Genetic History of Ice Age Europe Suggests Dramatic Population Change

May 3, 2016 9:38 am | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

Analyses of ancient DNA from prehistoric humans paint a picture of dramatic population change in Europe from 45,000 to 7,000 years ago, according to a new study.

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Cancer Drugs Tested with Flawed Time-based Method, Says Vanderbilt Study

May 3, 2016 9:25 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The in vitro method of testing cancer drugs on tumor cells is based on observing the rate of growth or death in the cells after set time frames, mostly 24 hours or 72 hours. However, those timeframes aren’t accurate for determining how effective they actually are in the long-run for patients, according to a new study.

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ALS Awareness Month Kicks Off

May 3, 2016 9:17 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

May marks the start of ALS Awareness Month, to encourage education, research and awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Cytokinetics Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company rang the Closing Bell at Nasdaq Monday afternoon to symbolize its commitment to furthering research and development related to ALS.

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Bearded Dragons Show REM and Slow-wave Sleep

May 2, 2016 2:54 pm | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Researchers describe for the first time REM and slow-wave sleep in a reptile, the Australian dragon Pogona vitticeps. This suggests that brain sleep dates back at least to the evolution of the amniotes, that is, to the beginning of the colonization of terrestrial landmass by vertebrate animals.

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Bioengineers Create First Online Search Engine for Functional Genomics Data

May 2, 2016 10:12 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Bioengineers have created what they believe to be the first online search engine for functional genomics data. This new search engine, called GeNemo, is free for public use.

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Finding Sheds Light on What May Kill Neurons After Stroke

May 2, 2016 10:07 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Strokes, seizures, traumatic brain injury and schizophrenia: these conditions can cause persistent, widespread acidity around neurons in the brain. But exactly how that acidity affects brain function isn't well understood. Researchers have begun to unravel some of the puzzle.

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