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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

New Analysis Method May Reduce Need for Invasive Biopsies

Feb. 5, 2016 — Scientists have identified a quantitative method to measure changes in biomarkers, which may reduce or eliminate the need for invasive ... read more

Fast, Accurate Cystic Fibrosis Test Developed

Feb. 4, 2016 — Researchers have developed a fast, inexpensive and highly accurate test to screen newborns for cystic fibrosis. The new method detects virtually all mutations in the CF gene, preventing missed ... read more

Hair Thinning by Stem Cell Loss

Feb. 4, 2016 — Why people lose their locks in old age may be related to the aging of hair follicle stem cells, two new studies suggest. Though it is known that mammals that live for longer lifespans lose their ... read more

Targeting the Mind/body Connection in Stress

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research used cutting-edge brain imaging technologies to determine that the brain function responsible for regulating our stress response can also produce a personal profile of resilience to ... read more

Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

Feb. 4, 2016 — More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading ... read more

Genetic Cause of Rare Allergy to Vibration Discovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria. Running, hand clapping, towel drying or even ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new way to use the empty shell of a hepatitis E virus has been developed to carry vaccines or drugs into the body. The technique has been tested in rodents as a way to target breast cancer, and is ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — The greedy metabolism of cancer cells to target kidney cell carcinomas, which kill more than 100,000 Americans each year, has been exploited by researchers. The team showed that the majority of renal ... read more

Clinical Investigations of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Are 'Ethically Permissible' If Conditions Met

Feb. 3, 2016 — Conducting clinical investigations of mitochondrial replacement techniques in humans is ethically permissible as long as significant conditions and principles are met, says a new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A powerful, three-way mechanism by which a mutation drives the growth of childhood brain cancers, was discovered by scientists. The team hopes the discovery will lead to better methods for diagnosing ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have shown that an enzyme key to regulating gene expression -- and also an oncogene when mutated -- is critical for the expression of numerous inflammatory compounds ... read more

Immune Therapy for Brain Tumors: A New Promising Avenue

Feb. 3, 2016 — Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer. Only about one fifth of adults diagnosed with it survive two years or more after their diagnosis. Early clinical trial data show that a ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — A faulty signaling pathway has been identified that, when corrected, in mice ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological condition. The findings could lead to the discovery ... read more

Sstudy Identifies Mechanism for Drug Target to Help Block HIV's Ability to Spread

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study identifies how RNA-based drug 5-aza-C blocks HIV's ability to spread by converting to DNA before infiltrating the virus. Because RNA drugs are more cost-effective, the findings could ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers have found evidence that a “housekeeping” gene present in every cell of the body may have a link to male infertility. The results of the study suggest that deficiency of the SMN gene ... read more

Biomolecule's Behavior Under Artificial Conditions More Natural Than Expected

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers often analyze isolated biomolecules in test tubes, and it is doubtful if the results can be applied to densely-packed cells. A team of researchers monitored the folding of an RNA ... read more

Cell Insight Offers Clues on Biological Processes Linked to Fertility

Feb. 2, 2016 — Congenital disorders such as Down's syndrome could be better understood, following new insights into how healthy cells are formed. Scientists have identified a set of proteins that play a key ... read more

'Junk' DNA Plays Role in Preventing Breast Cancer

Feb. 2, 2016 — Supposed 'junk' DNA, found in between genes, plays a role in suppressing cancer, according to new research. The human genome contains around three meters of DNA, of which only about two per ... read more

Turning Down the Volume on Cancer

Feb. 2, 2016 — When the audio on your television set is too loud, you simply turn down the volume. What if we could do the same for signaling in our bodies that essentially causes normal cells to turn cancerous? ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — It has long been thought that cancer metastasizes, or spreads, when a single cancer cell escapes from the original tumor, travels through the bloodstream and sets up shop in distant organs. However, ... read more

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