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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in an effort to fundamentally improve carbohydrate analysis. With the new method, complex glycans, building blocks of life such as DNA and proteins, can now be sequenced. ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Infrared thermography can help detect joint inflammation and help improving work ergonomics, according to a recent study. All objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit infrared radiation as ... read more

Real-Time Analysis of Metabolic Products

Oct. 1, 2015 — A method that, for the first time, makes it possible to measure concentration changes of several hundred metabolic products simultaneously and almost in real time has been developed by researchers. ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that reactivation of ancient viral genes embedded in the human genome may cause the destruction of neurons in some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results ... read more

Genes That Protect African Children from Developing Malaria Identified

Oct. 1, 2015 — Variations in DNA at a specific location (or 'locus') on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child's chance of ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A novel mechanism of protein resurrection has been discovered, which not only restores the active function of the protein, but also increases its original activity by almost two times. The scientists ... read more

DNA-Based Vaccine Clears Nearly Half of Precancerous Cervical Lesions in Clinical Trial

Sep. 30, 2015 — Using a novel synthetic platform for creating vaccines a team of researchers has successfully eradicated precancerous cervical lesions in nearly half of the women who received an investigational ... read more

'Zelda' Protein Plays Flap-Open Role in Early Embryo Development, Researchers Find

Sep. 29, 2015 — Biologists have identified a mechanism that promotes activation of genes critical for the initiation of embryonic development. Our genes are activated by regulatory factors that bind to the control ... read more

New Test Detects All Viruses That Infect People, Animals

Sep. 29, 2015 — A new test detects virtually any virus that infects people and animals, according to new research. The new test could be used to detect outbreaks of deadly viruses such as Ebola, Marburg and severe ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists advance understanding of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, a liver disorder that leaves infants born to affected mothers at risk for severe ... read more

Five Genetic Regions Implicated in Cystic Fibrosis Severity

Sep. 29, 2015 — If you have two faulty copies of the CFTR gene, you will have cystic fibrosis. But the severity of your disease will depend partly on many other genes. Now, researchers report that five regions of ... read more

Experts Call for the Responsible Use of New Genome Editing Techniques

Sep. 29, 2015 — More efficient bacteria and yeasts for use in fuel and drug production, new strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant germs, and innovative plant breeding methods -- new molecular biology techniques ... read more

New Methods for Collecting Forensic DNA to Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict

Sep. 29, 2015 — A new project aims to empower victims and support prosecutions in cases of sexual violence in conflict zones. The project will explore new methods for collecting forensic DNA evidence in cases of ... read more

Portable, Rapid DNA Test Can Detect Ebola, Other Pathogens

Sep. 29, 2015 — Scientists completed a proof-of-principle study on a real-time blood test based on DNA sequencing that can be used to rapidly diagnose Ebola and other acute ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Scientists have discovered and mapped a light-sensing protein that uses vitamin B12 to perform key functions, including gene ... read more

New Single-Molecule Tool to Observe Enzymes at Work

Sep. 28, 2015 — A team of scientists has created an innovative tool to directly detect the delicate, single-molecule interactions between DNA and enzymatic proteins. This tool should provide fast and reliable ... read more

Attacking Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Sep. 28, 2015 — A team of researchers has demonstrated that a molecule isolated from sea sponges and later synthesized in the lab, can halt the growth of acute myeloid leukemia cells and could open the door to a new ... read more

Maintaining Healthy DNA Delays Menopause

Sep. 28, 2015 — An international study of nearly 70,000 women has identified more than 40 regions of the human genome involved in governing at what age a woman goes through menopause. The study found that two-thirds ... read more

Connecting Alzheimer's Disease, Immune System

Sep. 28, 2015 — Researchers investigate how genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease may influence a key type of immune cell. Their results lay the groundwork for designing better therapeutic strategies and ... read more

First UK Biobank Genetic Study Reveals New Links Between Lung Disease and Smoking Behavior

Sep. 28, 2015 — Smokers who survive their habit into old age may hold the key to better lung health for all, according to a study. The new discoveries may one day help scientists develop better treatments for ... read more

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