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3 hrs ago | Science Daily

Researcher develops, proves effectiveness of new drug for spinal muscular atrophy

Approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States is a carrier of the gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy , According to recent studies. This illness is a neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken over time.


Related Topix: Missouri, University of Missouri, Genetics, Medicine, Science

4 hrs ago | Science Daily

Moss plants brought back to life after having been frozen in Antarctic ice for 1,500 years

Mosses have existed on Earth for more than 400 million years. During this period they survived many climate catastrophes that wiped out more robust organisms such as, for example, dinosaurs.


Related Topix: Science, World News, Germany,

Mon Sep 15, 2014


25 years after CF gene isolated, researchers still building on its discovery

Twenty-five years ago this month, the medical world was turned on its ear with the isolation of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a devastating inherited disease that usually killed children by their late teens. At the helm of the research was Lap-Chee Tsui, who led the team at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children that made the seminal discovery in collaboration with scientists at the University of Michigan.


Related Topix: Genetics, Science

Science Daily

Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene

Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans' unique ability to produce and understand speech. Researchers from MIT and several European universities have shown that the human version of a gene called Foxp2 makes it easier to transform new experiences into routine procedures.


Related Topix: Genetics, Science, Medicine

Science Daily

Genetics reveals patients susceptible to drug-induced pancreatitis

It has long been recognized that about four per cent of patients who are prescribed particular drugs for IBD go on to develop pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, which can be fatal. Now researchers have found that 17 percent of patients who have two copies of a particular genetic marker are likely to go on to develop pancreatitis if they are prescribed thiopurine drugs.


Related Topix: Genetics, Medicine, Science, Imuran, Azathioprine (generic)

Science Daily

Protein secrets of Ebola virus

The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed more than 2000 lives, has highlighted the need for a deeper understanding of the molecular biology of the virus that could be critical in the development of vaccines or antiviral drugs to treat or prevent Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed more than 2000 lives, has highlighted the need for a deeper understanding of the molecular biology of the virus that could be critical in the development of vaccines or antiviral drugs to treat or prevent Ebola hemorrhagic fever.


Related Topix: Science, Molecular Biology, University of Virginia

The Globe and Mail

My high-school sex ed featured worms, J.D. Salinger and Sister Emerentia

Facts & Arguments is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at .


Related Topix: Human Sexuality, Science

Los Gatos Weekly-Times

Shark attack on seal reported near Santa Cruz beach

State Parks officials issued a public warning after a shark attack on a harbor seal was reported at Seabright State Beach on Sunday. The attack reportedly occurred about 50 yards off shore at about 4:45 p.m. by a shark with a white neck, seen flipping the seal up into the air, said California State Parks Supervising Ranger Joe Connors.


Related Topix: Marine Biology, Science, Santa Cruz County, CA, Twin Lakes, CA, Santa Cruz, CA

Medical Daily

T-Cells Of CVID Patients Cannot Fight All The Gut Bacteria Leaking Into The Bloodstream

Patients with common variable immune deficiency suffer from recurrent bacterial infections due to leaky intestines that cripple bacteria-fighting T-cells. The bacteria residing in our intestines help us digest our food, support our immune systems, and even contribute to the manufacture of certain vitamins.


Related Topix: Genetics, Medicine, Immunology, Science


UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have discovered how two genes - Period and Cryptochrome - keep the circadian clocks in all human cells in time and in proper rhythm with the 24-hour day, as well as the seasons. The finding, published today in the journal Genes and Development , has implications for the development of drugs for various diseases such as cancers and diabetes, as well as conditions such as metabolic syndrome, insomnia, seasonal affective disorder, obesity, and even jetlag.


Related Topix: Cancer, Health, Metabolic Syndrome, Biochemistry, Science

PhysOrg Weblog

Zebrafish genes linked to human respiratory diseases

Human airway cells produce hundreds of motile cilia. Cilia are labelled in green, cell membranes in red, and nuclei in blue.


Related Topix: Science, Cell Biology, Genetics, Medicine

Medical News Today

Discovery of new defence mechanism against viruses

Researchers have discovered that a known quality control mechanism in human, animal and plant cells is active against viruses. They think it might represent one of the oldest defence mechanisms against viruses in evolutionary history.


Related Topix: Science

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Windsor Beacon

Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one

New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms. The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to diagnose and treat schizophrenia, a mental illness that can be devastating when not adequately managed, says C. Robert Cloninger, co-author of the study published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry.


Related Topix: Schizophrenia, Medicine, Health, Psychiatry, Genetics, Science, UC Los Angeles

NBR Newsroom

University of Otago Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology Associate Professor George Dias

University of Otago researchers have won $1 million in government funding for a two-year project that will extract food-safe digestible protein from natural wool. Sheep wool is 95% protein with no fat or carbohydrates.


Related Topix: Science

The Daily Princetonian

Stop blaming biology

In her Aug. 18 column in the New York Post, Doree Lewak discusses how she views the act of "catcalling" to be an innocuous form of "self-empowerment" for women, saying that it should deliver a "drive-by dose of confidence" rather than being considered something as negative as street harassment. After reading Lewak's column, I wondered just how common it was for professional or amateur writers as well as online commentators to pass off unacceptable social behavior by saying that it was merely "primal" and has probably existed for centuries, as Lewak did.


Related Topix: Science, Opinion

Wall Street Journal

Medical Investors Take a Whole-Body Approach

Medical investors once spent a disproportionate amount of their money on diseases affecting the brain, heart and skeleton. Now market pressures and technological advances are driving them to invest across the human body more broadly.


Related Topix: Venture Capital, Emerging Technology, Science, Inventions, Science / Technology

PhysOrg Weblog

Muscular dystrophy: Repair the muscles, not the genetic defect

A potential way to treat muscular dystrophy directly targets muscle repair instead of the underlying genetic defect that usually leads to the disease. Muscular dystrophies are a group of muscle diseases characterized by skeletal muscle wasting and weakness.


Related Topix: Genetics, Medicine, Science, Cell Biology

The Jersey Journal

Marine biology students at Arthur L. Johnson H.S. dive into new semester

Students in Marine Biology at Arthur L. Johnson High School setting up an array of fish tanks that will soon be home to a plethora of aquatic organisms. Students in Lou Van Bergen's Marine Biology Class at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, haven't wasted any time getting to work this school year.


Related Topix: Marine Biology, Science, Clark, NJ

Optogenetics unlocks secrets of the body

One of the hot research techniques these days, "optogenetics," uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins to specific cells. Then researchers use light to control the cells.


Related Topix: Genetics, Medicine, Science, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Is your body mostly microbes? Actually, we have no idea

By peering deep into what he called "inner space," scientists discovered that we were never alone: Our bodies have 10 trillion cells, but we are host to 100 trillion microbes. "In other words," Relman said, "we are ten parts microbe, and one part human.


Related Topix: Microbiology, Science, National Institutes of Health, Biotech, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, University of Missouri