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1 hr ago | 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.

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

5 hrs ago | 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.

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Related Topix: Science, Molecular Biology, University of Virginia

7 hrs ago | 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 tgam.ca/essayguide .

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Related Topix: Human Sexuality, Science

9 hrs ago | 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.

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

9 hrs ago | 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.

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Related Topix: Genetics, Medicine, Immunology, Science

12 hrs ago | ECNmag

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.

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

14 hrs ago | 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.

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Related Topix: Science, Cell Biology, Genetics, Medicine

18 hrs ago | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Related Topix: Marine Biology, Science, Clark, NJ

Philly.com

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.

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

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Boston.com

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.

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

The News-Star

Leading biomed professor to launch lecture seriesLeading biomed...

The New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series will kick off its second year at Louisiana Tech University with a presentation by Leading biomed professor to launch lecture series RUSTON - The New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series will kick off its second year at Louisiana Tech University with a presentation by Check out this story on thenewsstar.com: http://tnsne.ws/1tOV7Xw The New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series will kick off its second year at Louisiana Tech University with a presentation by Nicholas Peppas, the Fletcher Pratt Chair of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Related Topix: Louisiana Tech University, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Science, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, Inventions, Science / Technology

Jerusalem Post

*The Queen of DNA*

Prof. Mary-Claire King, one of the world's leading medical geneticists and a good friend of Israel, has won a prestigious award that often leads to the Nobel. She concedes that she was pretty good at math but not enough for a career as a theoretician, did not do well in laboratory work and lacked the drive and interest to become a physician.

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Related Topix: Israel, World News, Middle East, Genetics, Science, University of Washington

Newindpress

He Sells Sea Shells by the Shore

Even more wondrous than the sight of 40,000 different varieties of seashells neatly displayed inside glass cases at the India Shell Museum in Mahabalipuram is the fact that they have been collected from waters across the world by a single man with no academic expertise in marine biology or even a formal education. And that Raja Mohamed even sold off his ancestral property to fund this project reveals his abiding passion.

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Related Topix: Marine Biology, Science

Slate Magazine

Life Is Random

Is our behavior determined by genetics, or are we products of our environments? What matters more for the development of living things - internal factors or external ones? Biologists have been hotly debating these questions since shortly after the publication of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Charles Darwin's half-cousin Francis Galton was the first to try to understand this interplay between "nature and nurture" by studying the development of twins.

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Related Topix: Genetics, Science, Medicine

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