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Tiny Spheres of Human Cells Mimic the Brain

May 26, 2015 | by Stanford University | Comments

Researchers have figured out how to create spheres of neuronal cells resembling the cerebral cortex, making functional human brain tissue available for the first time to study neuropsychiatric diseases such as autism and schizophrenia

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Master Gene Regulator Could be New Target for Schizophrenia Treatment

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by MIT | Comments

Researchers have identified a master genetic regulator that could account for faulty brain functions that contribute to schizophrenia.

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WHO Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Immunization Gaps, and Malnutrition

May 26, 2015 10:05 am | by World Health Organization | Comments

The World Health Assembly agreed on resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition.

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Glancing at Greenery Can Markedly Boost Concentration Levels

May 26, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Melbourne | Comments

Researchers find only 40 seconds of green can make a huge difference to productivity

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Bioscience Bulletin: Brain Boosters; New Technology

May 22, 2015 2:53 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

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Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People With Alzheimer’s

May 22, 2015 10:04 am | by Iowa State University | Comments

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study.

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Science Funding Bill Passes a Split House, Despite Scientist Opposition

May 22, 2015 9:53 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The American Competes Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed by a split House of Representatives Wednesday, amid opposition from a wide swath of the scientific community. The passage also came after hours of negotiations of the bill, which Republicans have said would keep overall federal spending flat – while opponents have said would constrain how the National Science Foundation would be able to spend that money.

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Alaska's Popular Walrus Cam Streams Again After a Decade

May 22, 2015 9:42 am | by Mark Thiessen, Associated Press | Comments

A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.

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Beyond Average

May 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Harvard University | Comments

New platforms genetically barcode tens of thousands of cells at a time

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T. Rex Autopsy Coming to the Small Screen

May 22, 2015 9:22 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The deceased waits on the slab, under the glare of lights. But the corpse is 46 feet long, has a heart 100 times larger than a human’s and sharpened teeth up to a foot long. The cameras roll, as the doctor makes the first incision.

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Seeking Deeper Understanding of How the Brain Works

May 22, 2015 9:17 am | by MIT | Comments

Edward Boyden develops techniques to study the brain, and how it operates, in finer detail.

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Scientists Figure Out How Vitamin E Keeps Muscles Healthy

May 21, 2015 10:57 am | by Georgia Regents University | Comments

Body builders have it right: vitamin E does help build strong muscles, and scientists appear to have figured out one important way it does it.

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News on Asthma and Peanut Allergies Could Lead to Misdiagnosis, Unnecessary Testing

May 21, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

Allergist raises concerns about highly-publicized research findings suggesting that children with asthma are prone to peanut allergy.

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Panda Gut Bacteria Can’t Efficiently Digest Bamboo

May 21, 2015 10:40 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

It’s no wonder that giant pandas are always chewing and eating, say Chinese researchers: their gut bacteria are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo. The bamboo-eating giant panda actually harbors a carnivore-like gut microbiota predominated by bacteria such as Escherichia/Shigella and Streptococcus, according to new research.

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Uncovering Mechanisms of Replication in HPV

May 21, 2015 10:28 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

Scientists have identified proteins that mediate aspects of virus replication in the lifecycle of human papillomavirus (HPV), a finding that may lead to new therapeutic targets for treatment of infections caused by the virus.

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Ancient Lake Challenges Understanding of Evolution

May 21, 2015 10:05 am | by University of Aberdeen | Comments

An ancient lake could hold the key to our understanding of how complex life evolved on Earth, according to recent research.

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