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The BioDigital Human: Exploring Health in 3D

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times, and now the award-winning mobile-friendly platform BioDigital Human is looking to change the way healthcare information is shared, consumed and understood.

Epilepsy Drug Could Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease

May 11, 2015 10:30 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

Researchers say a new epilepsy drug holds promise as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Bioscience Bulletin

May 11, 2015 9:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In case you missed any exciting news on Bioscience Technology last week, here is a round-up of the top five most popular stories.

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IBM Starts New Precision Medicine Program

May 11, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Watson, the supercomputer seen on Jeopardy, will play an important role in this partnership.

Researchers Unravel Secrets of Hidden Waves

May 8, 2015 10:43 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

Region of world’s strongest “internal waves” is analyzed in detail; work could help refine climate models.

Origin of Complex Life

May 8, 2015 10:33 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Complex life – from humans to hamsters--may have evolved suddenly from a rare event. After two billion years of simple bacterial and archaeal life reigning on earth, an archaea may have swallowed a bacterium, and become a new creature with enough energy to grow and diversity like never before: the eukaryote.

Enhanced Analysis of Extracellular Vesicles with Imaging Flow Cytometry

May 8, 2015 10:11 am | by Sherree Friend, Ph.D. Product Manager, Amnis, and Robin Clark, Content Development Scientist, EMD Millipore | Articles | Comments

The translation of extracellular vesicle research to the clinic to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many disease types will require the development of standard assays for their characterization and quantification. The challenge of such analysis lies in the submicron size (generally 50-1000 nm in diameter) of each vesicle, as well as the complexity of the biofluids in which they are typically suspended.

J&J Seeks Bioethics Advice on Compassionate Use of Drugs

May 7, 2015 10:44 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Dying patients sometimes seek emergency access to experimental medicines, desperate for a last-chance treatment even if there's little proof it could help. Now drug giant Johnson & Johnson is taking an unusual step, turning to independent bioethicists for advice on when to say yes or no.

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Study Reveals Link Between Protein, Sleep Cycle

May 7, 2015 9:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal, discovered what could become a way for humans to re-set their ‘biological clock’ without light.  This could lead to breakthroughs in treating a wide range of issues, from sleeping disorders to jetlag.

Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Market Value Will Exceed $13 Billion

May 7, 2015 8:54 am | by Kyle S. Nicholson, PharmD, GlobalData Neurology Analyst | Articles | Comments

Disease-modifying treatments and novel symptomatic therapies with innovative mechanisms of action will enter the arena during the forecast period and become routinely used in care.

Study Finds New Potential Melanoma Drug Target

May 6, 2015 10:10 am | by UNC | News | Comments

A new treatment for melanoma could be on the horizon. The authors of a new study report that they found high levels of an enzyme in melanoma samples that they believe is a potential drug target.

Growing New Bones without a Human Body

May 6, 2015 8:39 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This start-up found a unique way to help the 900,000 patients who have to go through bone-related surgeries each year.

Fungus Enhances Crop Roots and Could Be a Future 'Bio-fertilizer'

May 5, 2015 11:36 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

“Ancient relationship” between fungi and plant roots creates genetic expression that leads to more root growth. Common fungus could one day be used as ‘bio-fertilizer’, replacing mined phosphate which is now depleted to the point of impending fertilizer crisis.

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Researchers Say Off-Label Use of Device to Prevent Stroke May Be Dangerous

May 5, 2015 11:22 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Findings suggest need for FDA reassessment of safety and efficacy of devices for off-label use.

How Studying Bat Touch Could Help Build Better Planes

May 4, 2015 10:45 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

A study published April 30 in Cell Reports shows, for the first time, that a unique array of sensory receptors in the wing provides feedback to a bat during flight. The findings also suggest that neurons in the bat brain respond to incoming airflow and touch signals, triggering rapid adjustments in wing position to optimize flight control.

Prolonged Statin Use May Lower Risk of Lung Cancer Death

May 4, 2015 10:26 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | News | Comments

Lung cancer patients who used statins in the year prior to a lung cancer diagnosis or after a lung cancer diagnosis had a reduction in the risk of death from the disease, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

How to Short-Circuit Hunger

May 4, 2015 10:20 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Artificially activating a neural link in mice can reduce eating without chronic hunger.

New Sea Star Babies Offer Hope Amid Mass Deaths in Pacific

May 4, 2015 9:21 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of sea stars up and down the West Coast had not spared this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.

Space madness: Long-term Space Trips Could Impair Astronaut Brains

May 1, 2015 2:59 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

When NASA first began sending astronauts out into space, they worried about “space madness” – a malady they thought weightlessness and claustrophobia would trigger out beyond the atmosphere of the earth. It never materialized. But they may have been on to something.

Warp Speed? NASA May Have Made a Breakthrough for Galactic Travel

May 1, 2015 11:43 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A group of NASA scientists developing technology to make interstellar spaceflight possible by the end of the century may have reached a watershed moment.

Study: Global Warming to Push 1 in 13 Species to Extinction

May 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects.

A New Way to Think About Migraines

May 1, 2015 9:28 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This is the second of three research findings highlighted by Dr. Rost, vice chair of the American Academy of Neurology Science Committee, at the AAN 67th annual meeting.

Walking Two Minutes an Hour Lengthens Life

May 1, 2015 8:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Want to live longer? Get up from that desk, at least once an hour. Walking two minutes every hour means a longer life. Sitting for a long time strongly increases the risk of death

Chipotle Tosses GMOs, but Will Other Restaurants Follow?

April 30, 2015 11:37 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The national fast-food chain rid its menu of genetically-modified ingredients this week, but other restaurants might not find it as easy to go cold-turkey from the genetically engineering crops currently dominating the market.

Transfection Tips and Tricks

April 30, 2015 9:53 am | by Andrea Toell, Ph.D., Product Manager at Lonza Walkersville, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Transfection is used to modify cells for a wide range of applications, from basic research looking to understand gene function, to establishing disease models, developing new therapeutics, bioprocessing and biomanufacturing. The process hinges upon transferring a substrate into a cell to achieve a desired outcome.

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