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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Oct. 6, 2015 — Normal T-cell development requires Notch signaling but hyperactivity can lead to cancer. Drugs that inhibit Notch, such as gamma-secretase inhibitors, are currently being tested in different cancer ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — A smartphone-based device that can reliably carry out molecular diagnoses in under an hour for approximately two dollars per patient has been developed by researchers. The device could enable ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have identified cellular changes traceable to an RNA splicing factor that's also an oncoprotein that may play a role in converting normal breast cells into tumors. Targeting these ... read more

New Method to Predict Increased Risk of Non-Familial Breast Cancer

Oct. 1, 2015 — By detecting cancer at an early stage, or even predicting who has an increased risk of being affected, the possibilities to treat the disease can be radically improved. Now researchers have ... read more

A Snapshot of Stem Cell Expression

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new study reveals new genes involved in pluripotency, new subpopulations of cells and new methods to find meaning in the data. The findings have implications for the study of early ... read more

New 'Driver' to Assess Cancer Patient Survival, Drug Sensitivity

Oct. 1, 2015 — Cancer specialists have long looked at genetic mutations and DNA copy changes to help predict patient survival and drug sensitivity. A new study has opened up yet another avenue for understanding the ... read more

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

Five New Genetic Variants Linked to Brain Cancer

Oct. 1, 2015 — The biggest ever study of DNA from people with glioma -- the most common form of brain cancer -- has discovered five new genetic variants associated with the disease. Researchers said their findings ... read more

New DNA Stain Lights Up Living Cells

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new DNA stain that can be used to image living cells has been created by scientists. The new stain works by binding to a part of the DNA helix known as the "minor groove." Once bound, it ... 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 team of researchers has refined a mathematical model that simulates the impact of genetic mutations on cell division -- a step that could provide insight into errors that produce and sustain ... read more

Proof-of-Concept for Low-Cost Drug Made in Lettuce

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have used a plant-based system to make shelf-stable drugs. The researchers confirmed the viability of their method for FDA approval and human use, producing an effective drug that promotes ... 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

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