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Technology May ID Strains in Body Tissues Before Injuries Occur

August 27, 2014 1:05 pm | Comments

Researchers have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. The technology one day may help pinpoint minor strains and tiny injuries in the body’s tissues long before bigger problems occur.

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BST This Week #11: Obesity Linked to Heightened Dementia Risk

August 27, 2014 11:29 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski highlights the link between mid-life obesity and an increased dementia risk later in life. Our second story focuses on researchers who are sequencing salamander genomes.   

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Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 26, 2014 1:29 pm | Comments

Researchers have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood.     

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Fully Functional Immune Organ Grown from Lab-created Cells

August 25, 2014 1:06 pm | Comments

Scientists have, for the first time, grown a complex, fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory.                     

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BST This Week #10: Gene Mutation Key to High-Altitude Living

August 22, 2014 1:38 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski covers a genetic mutation that allows high-altitude-dwelling Tibetans to survive in the peaks of the Tibetan Plateau. Our second story looks at how minor infections increase stroke risk in children.

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Autistic Children Have Extra Brain Synapses

August 22, 2014 11:23 am | Comments

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a new study.                

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BST This Week #9: Can Sweat Power Your Smartphone?

August 20, 2014 2:48 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski highlights the possibility of using small sensors as biobatteries that can harvest power from sweat. Our second story covers a newly discovered plant “language."     

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Bioscience Technology This Week #8: Safe Nuts for Allergy Sufferers

August 15, 2014 12:43 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reports on the possibility of making nuts safer to eat for those with allergies. Our second story tackles important questions about which genes may drive antibiotic resistance. 

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Lasers Can Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

August 15, 2014 12:31 pm | Comments

Ever wonder why it’s hard to focus after a bad night’s sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions.         

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Bioscience Technology This Week #7: Fruit Flies Unlock the Mysteries of Diabetes

August 13, 2014 2:20 pm | Comments

In this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Rob Fee discusses how studying fruit flies could revolutionize diabetes research. Our second story focuses on how venom could form the basis of a new class of cancerfighting drugs.    

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Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Improves with MRI Technology

August 13, 2014 11:03 am | Comments

Oncologists are melding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology with a traditional ultrasound prostate exam to create a three-dimensional map of the prostate that allows physicians to view growths that were previously undetectable.      

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Size Matters When Convincing Brain to Eat Healthy Foods

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | Comments

Playing with the portions of good and not-so-good-for-you foods is better than trying to eliminate bad foods, according to a new study. The idea is to not give up entirely foods that provide pleasure but aren’t nutritious.         

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Bioscience Technology This Week #6: What Can Bears Teach Us About Diabetes?

August 8, 2014 1:48 pm | Comments

In this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Rob Fee reports on the findings that researchers studying diabetes learned by observing grizzly bears. He also discusses a stem cell therapy that could lead to new and effective spinal cord injury treatments.

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Bioscience Technology This Week #5: Protein Hub Crucial to Brain Development

August 6, 2014 2:27 pm | Comments

In this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, News Editor Christina Jakubowski highlights the role of the protein GSK-3 in brain development and also reports that running, regardless of duration or speed, reduces death risk.      

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New Way to Generate Insulin-producing Cells in Diabetes

July 31, 2014 3:20 pm | Comments

A new study has found that a peptide called caerulein can convert existing cells in the pancreas into those cells destroyed in type 1 diabetes-insulin-producing beta cells.                       

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