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Genes alter schizophrenic brain functions

10 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have determined the interaction of two genes is related to a memory impairment common in people with schizophrenia.

Key Gene May Be Crucial To Production Of Thymus And Disease-fighting T-cells

10 years ago from Science Daily

New research provides the first evidence that a key gene may be crucial to maintaining the production of the thymus and its disease-fighting T-cells after an animal's birth.

Tiny Backpacks For Cells: Polymer Patches Could Ferry Drugs, Assist In Cancer Diagnosis

10 years ago from Science Daily

MIT engineers have outfitted cells with tiny "backpacks" that could allow them to deliver chemotherapy agents, diagnose tumors or become building blocks for tissue engineering.

Brain Injury Repair? Damaged Nerves Regenerated By Silencing Natural Growth Inhibitors In Neurons

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have successfully regenerated damaged nerves by silencing natural growth inhibitors in neurons. The researchers used genetic techniques to delete these inhibitors, resulting in significant re-growth of axons in a...

Cold medication discovered in Halloween candy

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Police in southern Ontario are sounding the alarm after cold medication was discovered in several boxes of Halloween candy handed out to children.

Mushrooms might be key to Stradivarius sound

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A Swiss researcher announced Thursday that treating maple wood with a certain mushroom improves its sound quality.

How 'molecular machines' kick start gene activation revealed

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How 'molecular machines' inside cells swing into action to activate genes at different times in a cell's life is revealed 6 November in new research published in Molecular Cell...

Zoologists: Sea snakes seek out freshwater to slake thirst

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Sea snakes may slither in saltwater, but they sip the sweet stuff. So concludes a University of Florida zoologist in a paper appearing this month in the online edition of...

Unusual use of toys in infancy a clue to later autism

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Researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute have found that infants later diagnosed with autism exhibited unusual exploration of objects long before being diagnosed...

Untangling DNA regulation

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MIT biologists have discovered that the organisation of DNA's packing material plays a critical role in directing stem cells to become different types of adult cells...

Australia leads world global effort to improve diagnosis of genetic disorders

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An Australian-led global initiative to improve the diagnosis of genetic disorders and reduce errors in the reporting of genetic variations has been published today in the prestigious scientific journal Science...

Mystery 'gunshot' sound is whale threat

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

North Atlantic right whales sometimes make a loud gunshot-like noise for what have been mysterious reasons up until now. A new study suggests the call, which seems to come just...

Scientists compare human, chimp genetics

10 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. and British scientists have ended the largest study of human and chimpanzee genetic differences, identifying areas duplicated or lost during evolution.

10th anniversary of stem cell era

10 years ago from UPI

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Stem cell researchers say immense progress has been made in the decade since human cells were first isolated and grown by U.S....

Expert recommends town councils to design low-allergy impact green spaces

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Contributing to the diversity of plant species (avoiding the massive use of an only or a few species); using examples of native flora preferably instead of exotic species and promoting...

Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells Marks 10-Year Milestone

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Ten years ago today (Nov. 6, 1998), the publication in the journal Science of a short paper entitled "Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Derived from Human Blastocysts" rocked biology - and...

Biologist John Thompson honoured for contributions to ecology

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John Thompson, Distinguished Professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, has been awarded the 2009 Per Brinck Oikos Award in recognition of his extraordinary and important contributions...

Coping And Copulation Behavior May Help Calculate Diabetes Risk, Mouse Study Suggests

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers use two species of deer mice to study diabetes, and find that males of a calmer and more monogamous species regulate blood sugar better than males of a less...

Japanese researchers make brain tissues from stem cells

10 years ago from Physorg

Japanese researchers said Thursday they had created functioning human brain tissues from stem cells, a world first that has raised new hopes for the treatment of disease.

Cancer genetic blueprint revealed

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Scientists say they have worked out the complete genetic blueprint of a cancer for the first time.

Promiscuous frogs spread eggs widely

10 years ago from Science Alert

A study has found that an Australian frog has the most promiscuous females of any vertebrate on record, as they share their eggs with up to eight males.

Findings: Obama and McCain Walk Into a Bar ...

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Do conservatives have more fun? Should liberals start describing themselves as humor-challenged? Scientists try to find out.

Scientist at Work | Alexandra Morton: Saving Wild Salmon, in Hopes of Saving the Orca

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Alexandra Morton thinks salmon farms drove the whales away from the Queen Charlotte Strait of British Columbia and is fighting back.

Observatory: Bacteria on the Move, Eating Their Fill

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Bacteria move in mysterious ways. In the case of Myxococcus xanthus, they include organized back-and-forth behavior in response to food.

ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Baby Monkey, Beautiful Goat, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

A colobus monkey holds her baby, a goat wins a beauty contest, and more in our weekly update of animal photos.

Gene Against Bacterial Attack Unraveled

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have unraveled a genetic defense mechanism against the lethal bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei. The research is the next step towards a vaccine against this bacterium suitable for bioweapons.

Molecule Stops DNA Replication In Its Tracks

10 years ago from Science Daily

When a dividing cell duplicates its genetic material, a molecular machine called a sliding clamp travels along the DNA double helix, tethering the proteins that perform the replication. Researchers have...

Personal genomes: The case of the missing heritability

10 years ago from News @ Nature

When scientists opened up the human genome, they expected to find the genetic components of common traits and diseases. But they were nowhere to be seen. Brendan Maher shines a...