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2 hrs ago | The Eastern Echo

EMU Biologist Nationally Recognized

Professor Anne Casper, who teaches two courses in biology at Eastern Michigan University, was awarded a national honorable mention for mentorship. ) which only one awarded one award and two honorable mentions this year for the category of teachers who have six or less years of experience for superior mentorship of undergraduate students in research.


Related Topix: Eastern Michigan University

5 hrs ago | Science Daily

Camera sheds light on mate choice of swordtail fish

We have all seen a peacock show its extravagant, colorful tail feathers in courtship of a peahen. Now, a group of researchers has used a special camera to discover that female northern swordtail fish choose their mates based on a similar display.


Related Topix: Cameras, Texas, University of Texas at Austin, Science, Computer Science, Marine Biology

6 hrs ago | Medical News

New research shows schizophrenia comprises 8 genetically distinct disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn't a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.


Related Topix: Genetics, Medicine, Health

10 hrs ago |

Rare respiratory virus confirmed in Alberta

Canada's public health agency says cases of a severe respiratory illness that has hospitalized clusters of children in the United States have been confirmed in Alberta. In a statement sent to Postmedia News on Monday night, the federal health agency said the government is "aware of the confirmed EV-D68 cases in Alberta as well as multiple other clusters of mild and severe respiratory illnesses in children in several additional provinces."


Related Topix: Microbiology, Science, Canada, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Epidemic, Influenza, Natural Disasters, Health

11 hrs ago | WGBH

A Scientist's Journey From Beer To Microbiology To Bourbon Making

Ian Glomski outside his home in Charlottesville, Va., where hops grow in his garden. He quit an academic career in microbiology to start a liquor distillery.


Related Topix: Beer, Drink, Microbiology, Science, Bourbon Whiskey, Liquor, Charlottesville, VA, Home Gardening, Home

11 hrs ago | National Public Radio

A Scientist's Journey From Beer To Microbiology To Bourbon Making

If you have been following the various posts about beer on The Salt, you may have noticed a pattern: many of the folks making beer have a scientific background. There's good reason for that.


Related Topix: Beer, Drink, Microbiology, Science, Bourbon Whiskey, Liquor, Life, Homebrewing, Hobbies, Charlottesville, VA

13 hrs ago | Greenwich Citizen

Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers

This photo provided by courtesy of Mission: Allergy, Inc. shows a pillow encased in an allergen-proof cover on a bed. For those with allergies, symptoms can be serious when sleeping with millions of dust mites.


Related Topix: Immunology, Science

17 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

18 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