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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.

DNA Tests Help California Speed Up Dog Adoptions

March 19, 2015 3:43 pm | by Sue Manning, Associated Press | News | Comments

A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do...

A Simple Way to Make and Reconfigure Complex Emulsions

February 26, 2015 9:54 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers can precisely control the distribution of liquids suspended within each other...

Telemedicine Set to Bloom in 2015

February 24, 2015 1:39 pm | by Steve Boccone, Greybox Communications | Articles | Comments

New technologies will help the field of telemedicine drastically grow this year...

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Obesity Genes Identified by Worldwide Research Team

February 24, 2015 9:43 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

A massive worldwide analysis of genetic data from almost 340,000 people around the world has brought understanding of the genetic basis of obesity a step closer.                

Cancer Risk Linked to DNA 'Wormholes'

February 19, 2015 11:59 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Single-letter genetic variations within parts of the genome once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ can increase cancer risk through 'wormhole-like' effects on far-off genes, new research shows.             

FDA Issues Warning as Peanuts Found in Cumin Spice

February 19, 2015 11:25 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice - a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.               

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2 Dead, Over 170 Potentially Exposed in 'Superbug' Outbreak

February 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a "superbug" outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   

Mothers Can Pass Traits to Offspring Through Bacteria's DNA

February 17, 2015 4:14 pm | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Bacteria are most familiar through their roles in harmful infections. But scientists have realized that such bacteria are only a tiny fraction of the bacterial communities that live in and on our bodies. Most bacteria are commensal, which means they do not cause harm and often confer benefits.

Search Engine Helps Predict Gene Function

February 13, 2015 3:27 pm | by Kimberlee D'Ardenne, Stanford University | News | Comments

The Human Genome Project wrapped up over a decade ago, yet around a third of the genome remains mysterious, its function unknown.                      

Apes Prefer the Glass Half Full

February 12, 2015 2:27 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Humans aren’t the only species to be influenced by spin. Our closest primate relatives are susceptible, too.                         

Tiny Fish Makes Big Splash in Aging Research

February 12, 2015 2:21 pm | by Krista Conger, Stanford School of Medicine | News | Comments

This accelerated life cycle is a necessity when one makes one’s home in seasonal ponds that regularly evaporate, and the fact that the fish shares many biological characteristics with humans makes it a promising candidate for the study of aging and longevity. But until now, scientists didn’t have the necessary tools and information with which to conduct genetic studies.

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Coral Snake Venom Reveals Unique Route to Lethality

February 10, 2015 9:34 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

A vial of rare snake venom refused to give up its secret formula for lethality; its toxins had no effect on the proteins that most venoms target.                   

Next-Gen Sequencing Maps 'Highly Degraded' DNA

February 6, 2015 12:46 pm | by Sean Alloca, Editor, Forensic Magazine | Articles | Comments

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology can now profile highly damaged DNA samples that contain 75 percent less base-pair information, compared with previous systems. This is a significant improvement for law enforcement in cases involving missing persons or unidentified human remains.

A Look at Some Vaccine-Related Legislation in Several States

February 6, 2015 11:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park.           

Paper Test for Ebola

February 4, 2015 3:19 pm | by Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A team of researchers are working on a diagnostic machine that can detect Ebola virus and other dangerous microbes.                        

Why Protein Mutations Lead to Parkinson's Disease

January 22, 2015 4:29 pm | by UCSD | News | Comments

A new study has shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson’s disease.                         

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The Ups and Downs of the Seemingly Idle Brain

January 21, 2015 9:16 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A new study probed deep into this somewhat mysterious cycle in mice, to learn more about how the mammalian brain accomplishes it.                      

Watching How Cells Interact

January 13, 2015 3:24 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

A new device offers a much more detailed picture of cellular communication.                               

Radiation, Hormone Therapy Prolong Survival for Older Men With Prostate Cancer

January 7, 2015 4:30 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone.                   

Trying for Test-Tube Baby? Risks to Mom Are Rare

January 7, 2015 4:01 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new 12-year U.S. study shows the most frequent involve drugs used to stimulate ovaries, but it suggests problems are rarely fatal.                      

Nestlé Health Science Invests $65M in Microbiome Therapy Startup

January 6, 2015 12:01 pm | News | Comments

The investment made by Nestle Health Science, a subsidiary of Nestle, will help fund the next stage of development for the startup's CDI treatment.                   

Enzyme's Alter Ego Helps Activate Helps Activate the Immune System

December 29, 2014 5:08 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

These findings could shed light on related Alzheimer's protein.                                 

Protein Identified as Possible Therapy Target for Viral and Bacterial Infections

December 29, 2014 4:39 pm | by Virginia Commonwealth University | News | Comments

A protein could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria.                   

Scientists Create Precursor to Human Egg and Sperm

December 26, 2014 9:24 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Scientists have created primordial germ cells – cells that will go on to become egg and sperm – using human embryonic stem cells.                      

Researchers Shed Light on How 'Microbial Dark Matter' May Cause Disease

December 24, 2014 9:20 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bacteria is still a puzzle to scientists.           

New Technology Makes Tissues, Someday Makes Organs

December 22, 2014 4:31 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

A new instrument could someday build replacement human organs the way electronics are assembled today: with precise picking and placing of parts.                   

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 different properties and responsibilities.                     

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.                       

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