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June 28, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Babies can read each other’s moods
Although it may seem difficult for adults to understand what an infant is feeling, a new study from Brigham Young University finds that it’s so easy a baby could do it.

Gene deletion delays early language in some Southeast Asia families
A chromosomal deletion is associated with changes in the brain's white matter and delayed language acquisition in youngsters from Southeast Asia or with ancestral connections to the region. However, many such children who can be described as late-talkers may overcome early speech and language difficulties as they grow.

Spanish research creates a new model of mitochondrial function
This discovery confirms a model proposed by the same team in 2008. Observations made at that time could not be explained by the established model of mitochondrial function.

June 27, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

'Biowire' matures heart cells by mimicking fetal heartrate
A new method of maturing human heart cells by applying electrical pulses to mimic the heart rate of fetal humans, has led to a step forward incardiac research.

2 mutations trigger evolution leap 500 million years ago
Resurrecting ancient proteins in the lab, researchers discover just 2 mutations set the stage for the evolution of modern hormone signaling.

How do men and women cooperate?
Cooperation is essential in any successful romantic relationship, but how men and women experience cooperation emotionally may be quite different, according to new research conducted at the University of Arizona.

June 26, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Rare pregnancy condition programs babies to be overweight in later life
The study is the first to look at the long term effects on babies born to mothers with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also called obstetric cholestasis, a rare complication of pregnancy characterised by the build-up of bile acids in the bloodstream.

Reading DNA, backward and forward
MIT biologists reveal how cells control the direction in which the genome is read.

RNA escape from cells could shut off disease-causing gene
Nanoparticles that deliver short strands of RNA offer a way to treat cancer and other diseases by shutting off malfunctioning genes.

June 25, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Chlamydia promotes gene mutations
Even when it causes no symptoms, Chlamydia can damage a woman’s reproductive organs. In addition, standard antibacterial drugs are proving increasingly ineffective in complete eradication, as Chlamydia goes in to persistent mode, leading to asymptomatic chronic infection.

New technique dampens immune response
The human immune system is remarkably efficient, but sometimes its attack is misdirected, leading to allergies, autoimmune diseases and rejection of transplant organs and therapeutic drugs.

Key pathway makes young neurons connect
In a new study, researchers identify a molecular program controlling axon growth in the fast-growing brains of young mammals. Researchers found that the kinase LKB1 pathway affects growth of neuronal connections by "mitochondrial capture," a pathway never before described.

June 24, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Fast beat of the city resets biological rhythms
Urban environments have a profound effect on the internal clocks of city residents both human and animal. These changes to biological rhythms could lead to increased incidence of health problems and reduced lifespan.

How a mutated protein outwits evolution—and fuels leukemia
Findings suggest a new therapeutic target for certain types of cancer.

Why our prehistoric 'jumping' genes don't send us into meltdown
A team of researchers, led by academics at The University of Nottingham, UK, has explained why the so-called ‘jumping genes’ found in most living organisms don’t ultimately kill off their hosts, putting an end to a long-standing scientific mystery.

 

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