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Silicon Valley, Hollywood Elite to Honor Breakthroughs in Life Science

November 7, 2014 12:31 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On Nov. 9, Hollywood’s A-list and Silicon Valley luminaries will gather for the Second Annual Breakthrough Prize ceremony. Prizes are given to notable laureates in three different fields: Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.    

Researchers Identify New Genetic Cause of Epilepsy

November 7, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A research team has used whole genome sequencing to identify a new genetic cause of a severe, rare and complex form of epilepsy that becomes evident in early childhood and can lead to early death.               

Migration Negation

November 7, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

Most cancer deaths occur because of metastasis, yet progress in preventing and treating migratory cancer cells has been slow. Scientists have now identified a cellular culprit that should help researchers better understand how metastasis begins.  

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Worst-ever Ebola Epidemic by the Numbers

November 7, 2014 5:56 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic.                                   

DNA Study Dates Eurasian Split from East Asians

November 6, 2014 9:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The human populations now predominant in Eurasia and East Asia probably split between 36,200 and 45,000 years ago, according to a study released Thursday.                           

Vaccine Spray May Not Work for Swine Flu in Kids

November 6, 2014 3:55 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year, health officials said Thursday.                       

Ebola and Marburg are Millions of Years Old, Not Thousands

November 6, 2014 2:19 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Ebola and Marburg are 16 to 23 million years old, not thousands of years old as once thought, according to a new study. The research also indicates that while Ebola and Marburg diverged from each other millions of years ago.    

Getting to the Heart of the Heart

November 6, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

For years, a multidisciplinary research team has tracked an elusive creature, a complex of proteins thought to be at fault in some cases of sudden cardiac death. Now, they have finally captured images of the complex.          

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Eye-scan Analysis Can Predict Advance of Macular Degeneration

November 6, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the disease.                         

Fruit Chemicals May Minimize Organ Damage After Heart Attack, Stroke

November 6, 2014 1:58 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have identified chemicals found in some everyday fruit that could protect vital organs from long-term damage following a heart attack or stroke, according to new research.                    

Protein Linked to Aging May Be New Diabetes Target

November 6, 2014 1:38 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a small protein with a big role in lowering plasma glucose and increasing insulin sensitivity. The report indicates that Sestrin 3 plays a critical role in regulating molecular pathways that control the production of glucose and insulin sensitivity in the liver.

Ultrasound, Microbubbles Could Improve Stroke Treatment

November 6, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

Researchers are building an entire technology around tiny, microscopic bubbles– a technology that has the potential to play an important role in diagnosing as well as treating disease like stroke and cancer.             

Genetic Damage Caused by Asthma Shows Up in Blood Stream

November 5, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Asthma may be more harmful than was previously thought, according to researchers who found that genetic damage is present in circulating, or peripheral, blood.                          

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New Tool Could Help Reshape the Limits of Synthetic Biology

November 5, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Geneticists report they have developed a novel tool— dubbed “the telomerator”— that could redefine the limits of synthetic biology and advance how successfully living things can be engineered or constructed in the laboratory based on an organism’s genetic, chemical base-pair structure.

Non-gluten Proteins May Play a Role in Celiac Disease

November 5, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

Although gluten-free foods are trendy among the health-conscious, they are necessary for those with celiac disease. But gluten, the primary trigger for health problems in these patients, may not be the only culprit.          

Environmental Carcinogens Leave Distinctive Genetic Imprints in Tumors

November 5, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

Genetically engineering tumors in mice, a technique that has dominated cancer research for decades, may not replicate important features of cancers caused by exposure to environmental carcinogens, according to a new study.        

Shutting Down Energy to Brain Cancer

November 5, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

A multicenter team of researchers has identified an enzyme key to the survival and spread of glioblastoma cancer cells that is not present in healthy brain cells, making the enzyme a promising therapeutic target.            

How Fast Can an Epidemic Spread?

November 5, 2014 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

The current Ebola outbreak shows how quickly diseases can spread with global jet travel. Yet knowing how to predict the spread of these epidemics is still uncertain, because the complicated models used are not fully understood, according to scientists.

Ebola Hits Health Care Access for Other Diseases

November 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh and Sarah DiLorenzo – Associated Press – Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak has spawned a "silent killer," experts say: hidden cases of malaria, pneumonia, typhoid and the like that are going untreated because people in the countries hardest hit by the dreaded virus either cannot find an open clinic or are too afraid to go to one.

Google’s Next Business Venture: The Human Body

November 5, 2014 8:30 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Through a new, semi-secretive extension of the company, Google is working on a slew of ambitious projects that could drastically revolutionize healthcare as we know it.                    

Magnetic Pulses Could Treat Autism

November 4, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

New research shows that using rTMS, a new type of brain stimulation, can improve some of the abnormalities in brain activity of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).                       

System Helps Move Toward Genetic Editing

November 4, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

As potential next-generation therapeutics and research tools, few life sciences technologies hold more promise than genome-editing proteins— molecules that can be programmed to alter specific genes to treat or perhaps cure genetic diseases.    

How Bile Acids Could Fight Diabetes

November 4, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have shown that a receptor activated by bile acids can reduce fat-tissue inflammation and insulin resistance in obesity-linked diabetes.                              

Benchmark Proposed for Better Replication of Stem Cell Development

November 4, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

In a study that could provide the foundation for scientists to more precisely replicate natural stem cell development in an artificial environment, researchers have established a standard to assess how conditions used to procure stem cells in the lab compare to those found in a human embryo.

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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