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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Direct-to-Consumer Genomics: Harmful or Empowering?

Feb. 23, 2017 — In a new study, a research explores questions that stem from new advances in direct-to-consumer DNA tests, which have the effect of separating the physician-patient relationship from access to new ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Compounds That Show Potent Anti-Cancer Activity in Breast and Colon Tumor Cell Lines

Feb. 23, 2017 — Potential drugs have shown low toxicity in non-tumor cell lines, which could decrease side effects during chemotherapy, researchers ... read more

Mathematics Supports a New Way to Classify Viruses Based on Structure

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have found new evidence to support a classification system for viruses based on viral ... read more

How Blood Can Be Rejuvenated

Feb. 23, 2017 — Our blood stem cells generate around a thousand billion new blood cells every day. But the blood stem cells’ capacity to produce blood changes as we age. This leads to older people being more ... read more

CAR T Cells More Powerful When Built With CRISPR, Researchers Find

Feb. 22, 2017 — Researchers have harnessed the power of CRISPR/Cas9 to create more-potent chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells that enhance tumor rejection in ... read more

Proteins in Your Runny Nose Could Reveal a Viral Infection

Feb. 22, 2017 — It may seem obvious, but the key to confirming whether someone is suffering from a cold or flu virus might lie at the misery's source -- the inflamed passages of the nose and throat. Scientists ... read more

Obesity Reprograms Muscle Stem Cells

Feb. 22, 2017 — Obesity is associated with reduced muscle mass and impaired metabolism. Epigenetic changes that affect the formation of new muscle cells may be a contributing factor, according to new ... read more

Scientists Identify Chain Reaction That Shields Breast Cancer Stem Cells from Chemotherapy

Feb. 22, 2017 — Working with human breast cancer cells and mice, researchers say they have identified a biochemical pathway that triggers the regrowth of breast cancer stem cells after ... read more

New Study Shows How Bacteria Get Into the Lungs

Feb. 21, 2017 — Human lungs contain many bacteria, which make up a unique microbiome. New research pinpoints just how they get there, and opens the door to more research on what happens to them -- and our bodies -- ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists present the smallest member of the CRISPR-Cas9 family developed to date and show that it can fit inside adeno-associated viruses and mutate blindness-causing ... read more

Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution: Model of CRISPR, Phage Co-Evolution Explains Confusing Experimental Results

Feb. 21, 2017 — A new study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune ... read more

The Way Breast Cancer Genes Act Could Predict Your Treatment

Feb. 21, 2017 — Effective treatment options for breast cancer can be predicted based on the way certain breast cancer genes act or express themselves, a researcher has ... read more

New Type of Immunological Treatment of Cancer?

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have found an important piece of the puzzle leading towards an understanding of how our innate immune system reacts against viral infections and recognises foreign DNA, for example from ... read more

ORC as Loader of the Rings: Study Details Ringed Structure of ORC in DNA Replication

Feb. 21, 2017 — An international collaboration of life scientists has described in exquisite detail the critical first steps of DNA replication, which allows cells to divide and most advanced life, including human, ... read more

A New Way to Inhibit Inflammation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have identified an enzyme as a kind of biological gauge regulating inflammation in the human body. Now a research team says the enzyme – Bruton’s tyrosine kinase or BTK – is ... read more

New Experimental Model to Promote Research on the Neurological Illness of Niemann-Pick Type C

Feb. 21, 2017 — Niemann-Pick type C disease is a progressive serious neurological illness which causes accumulation of lipids in the central nervous system and several organs of the body, such as the liver and the ... read more

Genome Studies Point to Common Disease Mechanisms in Cardiovascular and Other Diseases

Feb. 21, 2017 — Nearly half of all hereditary risk factors of a coronary artery disease are also associated with entirely different diseases, such as schizophrenia, chronic inflammatory bowel disease or migraines, ... read more

Cytotoxic Immune Cell in Sick and Healthy Skin a Key to Understanding Vitiligo

Feb. 20, 2017 — With the aid of thousands of skin biopsies and over a hundred kilograms of skin, researchers have observed how two subgroups of immune cell behave in healthy skin. This functional dichotomy is ... read more

Study Shows Strong Long-Term Survival Rates for Patients With GIST

Feb. 20, 2017 — Nearly one in four patients with incurable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) treated with Gleevec will survive 10 years, a new report ... read more

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