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April 5, 2013--------News Archive

New Relief for Gynecological Disorders
Researchers discover injectable protein to reverse symptoms of dangerous conditions in a woman's body—abnormal growth of blood vessels can have painful consequences and pathologies.

Lifetime fertility on the rise
The trend of falling birth rates is reversing—women born in the 1970s will finally have more babies. The average number of children women have over their lifetimes appears to be rising or to have stopped its decline in many countries characterized by low birth rates in the last decades.

Autism Linked to Regions of Genome Instability
Children with autism have increased levels of genetic change in regions of the genome prone to DNA rearrangements, so called "hotspots."

April 4, 2013--------News Archive

Crucial Step in Human DNA Replication Observed
Members of Pennsylvania State University research team have discovered the importance of "clamp loader" enzymes and their activities during DNA replication.

White blood cells contribute to inflammation and obesity
An imbalance between the neutrophil elastase enzyme and its inhibitor causes inflammation, obesity, insulin resistance, and fatty liver in mice and humans — providing a new therapeutic target for these health conditions.

How the worm turns
New research shows at the single cell level how an external stimulus sets off a molecular chain reaction in the transparent roundworm C. elegans—a process where a single neurotransmitter coordinates two separate actions.

April 3, 2013--------News Archive

Risks of blood clots in pregnant/postnatal women?
Women who have suffered a still birth or have medical conditions including varicose veins, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or heart disease are at greater risk of developing dangerous blood clots after giving birth, a study has revealed.

How cells distinguish friend from foe
Research shows how our innate immune system distinguishes between dangerous pathogens and friendly microbes. Like burglars entering a house, hostile bacteria give themselves away when breaking into cells. However, select proteins instantly detect them, triggering an alarm mobilizing our innate immune response.

5 day embryo's DNA sampled without biopsy
New research shows that the fluid-filled cavity in 5-day old human blastocysts may contain DNA from the embryo, allowing diagnosis of genetic disease without a biopsy.

April 2, 2013--------News Archive

Cells and cell fragments move in electric fields
Like tiny crawling compass needles, whole living cells and cell fragments orient and move in response to electric fields — but in opposite directions, scientists at the University of California, Davis, have found.

Erectile disorder drug may treat obesity
New research shows that sildenafil helps turn 'bad' white adipose tissue into 'good and healthy' brown adipose tissue through a unique signaling pathway.

Your habits influence your shrinkage with age
High school grads shrink nearly 2 cm less, on average, than the illiterate. Even if you didn't eat your veggies or drink your milk as a child, your height is still in your hands, reveal new findings by economists from the University of Southern California, Harvard University and Peking University.

April 1, 2013--------News Archive

Stem Cell Fate Depends on ‘Grip’
A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has generated new insight on how a stem cell’s environment influences what type of cell a stem cell will become. They have shown that whether human mesenchymal stem cells turn into fat or bone cells depends partially on how well they can “grip” the material they are growing in.

Riding the exosome shuttle from neuron to muscle
A newly discovered intercellular transportation system has the potential to deliver RNAi and other gene-based therapies using these tiny vehicles, such as RNA interference (RNAi), to directly target disease-carrying cells.

How to unravel the DNA tangle
A computer simulation has unveiled the structure and function of the chromosome tangle, as a chromosome is rarely found in the shape we see in biology books, the typical double rod shaped X pattern.

 

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