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Unable to Prove Claims, “Acid Bath” Stem Cell Researcher Tenders Resignation

December 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

A young scientist from Harvard University and the Riken Institute, who claimed to make extraordinary stem cells from ordinary cells with acid, has failed to repeat her work.                                  

Considering Whole Genome Sequencing for Newborns

December 18, 2014 5:16 pm | by Nora Dunne, Northwestern University | News | Comments

A recent exploratory study asked genetics experts to consider genome sequencing for newborn...

Healthy Brain Development Balanced on Edge of Cellular 'Sword'

December 18, 2014 5:09 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | News | Comments

A new Yale-led study of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities of the brain identifies a...

Serotonin Neuron Subtypes

December 18, 2014 4:37 pm | by Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

Neuroscientists have proposed that brain cells come in different subtypes that have...

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New Findings Demonstrate Effective Treatment for Diabetes Patients

December 18, 2014 4:23 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Scientists have found a new way to help Type 1 diabetes patients defend themselves against life-threatening low blood sugar.                       

'Master Regulator' Gene Can Stimulate Other Genes in Early Brain Development

December 18, 2014 4:10 pm | by NYU | News | Comments

Chemical modifications to DNA’s packaging — known as epigenetic changes — can activate or repress genes involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and early brain development.              

'Hairclip' Protein Mechanism Explained

December 18, 2014 3:57 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

New research has identified a fundamental mechanism for controlling protein function.                              

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Team Creates Method for Probing How Molecules Fold

December 18, 2014 3:46 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a powerful new system for studying how proteins and other biological molecules form and lose their natural folded structures.                  

Gene-Editing Guide

December 17, 2014 4:42 pm | by Sue McGreevy, Harvard University | News | Comments

Investigators have developed a method for detecting unwanted DNA breaks—across the entire genome of human cells—induced by the popular gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases (RGNs).          

New Lens-Free Microscope Detects Cancer At Cellular Level

December 17, 2014 4:27 pm | by UCLA | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes.         

Reading Leaves a Dramatic Imprint on the Brain

December 17, 2014 4:23 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

A good book recreates the world so robustly that it activates some of the same brain regions that “everyday life” does, according to a recent PLOS One study. In the study, innovative MRI analyses of people reading a richly imaginative book showed movement of characters occurring in a brain region where others’ motions are processed in the real world.

Scientists Open New Frontier of Vast Chemical 'Space'

December 17, 2014 4:20 pm | News | Comments

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have invented a powerful method for joining complex organic molecules that is extraordinarily robust.                    

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Insight Into How Brain Motor Neurons Die During ALS

December 17, 2014 4:13 pm | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

Researchers look to understand the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in the hope of finding new ways to treat the disease. A new study published online in the Cell Press journal Neuron shows that a common gene mutation in ALS generates a deadly protein that may cause the damage in the brain that leads to ALS.

Stem Cells Faulty in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

December 17, 2014 4:03 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Like human patients, mice with a form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy undergo progressive muscle degeneration and accumulate connective tissue as they age. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that the fault may lie at least partly in the stem cells that surround the muscle fibers.

UK Proposes Rules for Embryos Made From 3 People

December 17, 2014 2:53 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies.        

Rio Organizers Create 'Super Bacteria' Task Force

December 17, 2014 2:47 pm | by Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian organizers of the 2016 Olympics are creating a task force to deal with a so-called "super bacteria" discovered in Olympic sailing waters.                   

Multiple Allergic Reactions Traced to Single Protein

December 17, 2014 2:39 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins and University of Alberta researchers have identified a single protein as the root of painful and dangerous allergic reactions to a range of medications and other substances.            

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Brain-Injury Program Working With NFL Players

December 17, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to include professional athletes. Representatives with the Eisenhower Center announced that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program.  

Targeted Computer Games Can Change Behavior of Psychopaths

December 17, 2014 11:03 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

Psychopaths generally do not feel fear and fail to consider the emotions of others, or reflect upon their behavior — traits that make them notoriously difficult to treat.                                              

New Technology Advances Eye Tracking As Biomarker for Brain Function

December 17, 2014 10:59 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed  new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study publishedin the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Thumbs-Up for Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

December 17, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

A paralysed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements.                                             

Amount of Mitochondrial DNA Predicts Frailty and Mortality

December 17, 2014 10:35 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

New research from The Johns Hopkins University suggests that the amount of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) found in peoples’ blood directly relates to how frail they are medically. This DNA may prove to be a useful predictor of overall risk of frailty and death from any cause 10 to 15 years before symptoms appear.  

DNA Sheds Light on Why Largest Lemurs Disappeared

December 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Ancient DNA extracted from the bones and teeth of giant lemurs that lived thousands of years ago in Madagascar may help explain why the giant lemurs went extinct. It also explains what factors make some surviving species more at risk today, says a study in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Novel Tool to Study Life-Threatening Arrhythmias: A Genetically Engineered Pig

December 17, 2014 10:18 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed the first large animal model of an inherited arrhythmic syndrome – an advance that will lead to a better understanding of the biologic mechanisms important in normal heart conduction and rhythm. 

Napster Co-Founder To Invest in Allergy Research

December 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Olga R. Rodriguez - Associated Press | News | Comments

Napster co-founder Sean Parker missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless of times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.                            

Women in Cell Biology Award Winners Announced at ASCB Meeting

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Articles | Comments

Three exceptional women were given awards for their achievements and contributions to the scientific community at the 2014 ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) meeting recently held in Philadelphia, Pa.

Going After Colon Cancer With Strep Bacteria

December 17, 2014 9:40 am | by Skip Derra, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

A novel therapeutic to fight colon cancer by using the bacteria primarily responsible for causing strep throat is being explored in the labs of John McCormick of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Interactions Between Proteins Govern Tumor Suppression, Aging

December 16, 2014 12:54 pm | by UC Davis | News | Comments

Scientists have long known the p53 protein suppresses tumors. However, a recent animal study by UC Davis researchers has uncovered a complicated relationship between p53 and another protein, Rbm38, highlighting how the body calibrates protein levels. Too much Rbm38 reduces p53 levels, increasing the risk of cancer. Too little Rbm38 allows p53 overexpression, causing premature aging.

Which Dot Will They Hunt?

December 16, 2014 12:28 pm | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Scientists are now able to shed light on important neural circuitry involved in the prey capture behavior of young zebrafish.                       

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