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Gene Therapy Pioneered to Cure 'Bubble Baby' Disease

November 20, 2014 | Videos | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with adenosine deaminase (ADA)-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), often called "Bubble Baby" disease.                 

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In Chimpanzees, Long-term Bullying Makes More Babies

November 14, 2014 10:38 am Videos Comments

In a long-term study of interactions between chimpanzees in the famous Gombe National Park in Tanzania, researchers have found that males who consistently bully females tend to father more babies with their victims.          

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Scientists Solve Mystery of ‘Frankenstein’ DNA

November 11, 2014 11:19 am Videos Comments

Scientists have uncovered how the massive DNA molecules that appear in some tumors are formed like Frankenstein’s monster, stitched together from other parts of the genome.                       

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Making Age Reversal Real

November 4, 2014 1:23 pm Videos Comments

Professor David Sinclair has some complaints about the human lifespan. It’s too short, for a start. But, “it doesn’t have to be this way,” he told an audience on Monday.                       

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Researchers Reconstruct Early Stages of Embryo Development

November 4, 2014 12:36 pm Videos Comments

Researchers have managed to reconstruct the early stage of mammalian development using embryonic stem cells, showing that a critical mass of cells is needed for the cells to being self-organizing into the correct structure for an embryo to form. 

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Why Scratching Makes You Itch More

October 31, 2014 10:57 am Videos Comments

Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists indicates that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation.              

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First Human Stomach Tissues Generated in Lab

October 30, 2014 12:24 pm Videos Comments

Scientists used pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, three-dimensional human stomach tissue in a laboratory– creating a new tool for researching the development and diseases of an organ central to several public health crises.    

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The Skin Cancer Selfie

October 29, 2014 1:02 pm Videos Comments

If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is caught early enough it is almost always curable. Now, a camera capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives.

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Dietary Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

October 27, 2014 2:26 pm Videos Comments

Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a new study.                           

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Researchers Observe Brain Development in Utero

October 27, 2014 2:03 pm Videos Comments

New investigation methods using functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) offer insights into fetal brain development. These in vivo observations will uncover different stages of the brain's development.              

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Protein Discovery May Unlock New HIV Treatment

October 24, 2014 10:16 am Videos Comments

Like a slumbering dragon, HIV can lay dormant in a person’s cells for years, evading medical treatments only to wake up and strike at a later time, quickly replicating itself and destroying the immune system. Scientists have now uncovered a new protein that participates in active HIV replication.

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Scientists to Use Tiny Particles to Fight Big Diseases

October 23, 2014 12:49 pm Videos Comments

Physicians will tell you: They are not winning the war on ovarian cancer. But researchers have combined medicine and advanced nanotechnological engineering to create a smarter, more targeted therapy that could overcome the most lethal gynecologic cancer.

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Cancer Drug Resistance Has an ‘Off Switch’

October 21, 2014 11:29 am Videos Comments

Scientists have uncovered details about how cancer is able to become drug resistant over time, a phenomenon that occurs because cancer cells within the same tumor aren’t identical.                     

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Tarantula Venom Illuminates Electrical Activity in Live Cells

October 21, 2014 11:01 am Videos Comments

Researchers have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells.                     

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Stem Cell-based Intestinal Tissue Implanted in Mice

October 20, 2014 10:21 am Videos Comments

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice– creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine.        

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Babies’ Hearts May Beat Path to Heart Attack Treatments

October 17, 2014 11:50 am Videos Comments

The seemingly miraculous power of babies’ hearts to repair themselves after being injured has spurred a research team to investigate if this ability can be harnessed for new heart attack treatments.               

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