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Playing Music By Professional Musicians Activates Genes For Learning and Memory

March 27, 2015 3:36 pm | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Playing music by professional musicians activates genes responsible for brain function and singing of songbirds.

Disrupted Biological Clock Linked to Alzheimer's

March 27, 2015 3:21 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

New research has identified some of the processes by which molecules associated with...

Stanford Professor Receives $1M Stem Cell Grant for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

March 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

With this award, Stanford has received a total of around $297 million from CIRM.

HIV Can Lodge Quickly in Brain After Infection

March 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | News | Comments

HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection.

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The Brain in the Supermarket

March 27, 2015 3:11 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers suggest that your brain is making a simpler calculation when you shop.

Researchers Master Gene Editing Technique in Mosquito

March 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Researchers have harnessed a technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 editing in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

Researchers Help Create 'Gold Standard' Method for Measuring Alzheimer's Disease

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Mark Wheeler, UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers has validated the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Genetic Mutation Explains Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Nobody likes getting the flu, but for some people, fluids and rest aren’t enough. A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital — perhaps needing ventilators to breathe — even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation.

Two Exotic Termites Find Love in Florida

March 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing.

Nanoparticle Therapy Promotes Wound Healing

March 27, 2015 10:23 am | by Yeshiva University | News | Comments

An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all.

MRI Based on Sugar Molecule Tells Cancerous From Noncancerous Cells

March 27, 2015 9:48 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Results of a study suggest that MRI could one day make biopsies more effective or even replace them altogether by noninvasively detecting telltale sugar molecules shed by the outer membranes of cancerous cells.

Study Announces Durable Ebola Vaccine

March 26, 2015 10:40 am | by Andrew Gould, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

A new study shows the durability of a novel CMV based Ebola virus vaccine strategy that may eventually have the potential to reduce ebolavirus infection in wild African ape species. 

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New Materials to Protect the Brain

March 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Denis Paiste, MIT | News | Comments

MIT graduate student Bo Qing studies synthetic gels that could be used in better equipment to protect against traumatic injuries.

New Genetic Variant That Causes Autism Identified

March 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease.

Czechs Deploy Wild Horses from Britain to Save Biodiversity

March 25, 2015 2:37 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

A herd of 14 wild mares from Britain's Exmoor National Park were moved in January to the former Milovice military base, 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Prague, the Czech capital.

Researchers Find Fossil of 'Super Salamander' Species

March 25, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The species grew up to two meters (six feet) in length and lived in lakes and rivers.

Nanotechnology Platform Shows Promise for Treating Pancreatic Cancer

March 25, 2015 10:43 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some of the problems of using chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer.

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Blueprint Medicine Files for $100M IPO

March 24, 2015 5:02 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The biotech firm is making a big bet on precision medicine.

Farmers Fund Research to Breed Gluten-free Wheat

March 24, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat.

Genomewide Screen of Learning in Zebrafish Identifies Enzyme Important in Brain

March 24, 2015 11:18 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania describe the first set of genes important in learning in a zebrafish model in the journal Neuron this week.

Changes in Blood-based Molecular Pathway Identified in Alzheimer's

March 24, 2015 11:03 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

New research from Rockefeller University identifies a molecular cascade known as the contact system, which may provide opportunities for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease through simple blood tests.

Epidural Stimulation Shows Promise for Spinal Cord Injuries

March 23, 2015 3:49 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bioscience Technology caught up with Susan Harkema Ph.D., professor and rehabilitation research director of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, to discuss her research and new funding awarded by Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation for epidural stimulation.

Having a Purpose in Life May Improve Health of Aging Brain

March 23, 2015 9:55 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age.

Liberians Overcome Fear to Volunteer For Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial.

Scientists Call for Freeze on Genome-Editing Method

March 20, 2015 4:18 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Designer babies? It’s far from a whimsy, and now a new technology that would make it possible to alter human DNA at the germline (meaning changing traits that can be inherited) has scientists calling for caution and a freeze. 

New Hope for Beating Deadly Hereditary Stomach and Breast Cancers

March 20, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers.

Team Finds Key to Making Neurons From Stem Cells

March 20, 2015 9:55 am | by Steve Tokar, UC San Francisco | News | Comments

A research team at UC San Francisco has discovered an RNA molecule called Pnky that can be manipulated to increase the production of neurons from neural stem cells.

Altering Brain Chemistry Makes us More Sensitive to Inequality

March 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Thomas Levy, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally.

Smarter by the Minute, Sort of

March 19, 2015 3:49 pm | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

New research is changing long-held ideas of how our minds age, painting a richer picture of different cognitive skills peaking across a lifetime, with at least one — vocabulary — peaking at a time when many are considering retirement.

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