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Sep 20, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Carbon monoxide effective preeclampsia treatment, (?) prevention
Preeclampsia (PE) is a high blood pressure disorder that occurs during pregnancy which can cause illness or death for the fetus and mother. There is currently no cure except to deliver the fetus, perhaps prematurely, or removal of the placenta.

A Head Brake ?— New insight into the brain
Scientists investigated how nerve signals are suppressed inside the entorhinal cortex of the brain. According to their observations, this center of neuronal inhibition leads nerve cells to synchronize their activity.

The coelacanth leads a monogamous life
The coelacanth is a 'living fossil' fish species having lived on earth 300 million years! Yet, unlike most fish, it appears females spawn with only one father for all of their offspring.

Sep 19, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Stem cell reprogramming made easier
Weizmann Institute scientists show that removing 1 protein from adult cells enables them to efficiently turn back the clock to a stem-cell-like state.

Signal gradients shown in 3-D, guide understanding of stem cell behavior
Scientists know that physical and biochemical signals can guide cells to make, for example, muscle, blood vessels or bone. But the exact recipes to produce the desired tissues have proved elusive.

Microfluid technique recovers DNA for human IDs
Scientists have improved microfluid techniques for recovering DNA from real-world, complex mixtures such as dirt.

Sep 18, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

A protein that can mean life or death for a cell
Researchers have discovered that Mitofusin 2 confers the cell with the sensitivity to understand its own state of health, determine whether it should be repaired or even undergo apoptosis (cell death).

Potent, improved new derivatives of anticancer drug
One of the most successful chemotherapy drugs of the past few decades, vinblastine, has been improved and similar modifications are expected to boost the effectiveness of vincristine, a closely related drug commonly used against childhood leukemias and Hodgkin’s disease.

Mesenchymal stem cell transplant may heal childbirth injury
Vaginal delivery presents the possibility of injury for mothers that can lead to "stress urinary incontinence" (SUI), a condition affecting from four to 35 percent of women who have had babies via vaginal delivery. Many current treatments, such as physiotherapy and surgery, are not very effective.

Sep 17, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Like mother, like daughter — like father, like son
Evolutionary biologists at the universities in Bielefeld and Uppsala (Sweden) now show that this proverb also applies to inheriting a long life – at least for fruit flies (Drosophila).

Right or left-handedness genes identified
A genetic study has identified a biological process that influences whether we are right handed or left handed.

'Mechanical gears' seen in hopping insect for the first time
The juvenile Issus - a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing 'teeth' that mesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal's legs when it launches into a jump.

Sep 16, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

First to produce embryonic stem cells in living adult organisms
The characteristics of the obtained stem cells correspond to a primitive totipotent state that has never before been obtained.

Gene sequencing newborns
The University of  California San Francisco will receive $4.5 million over the next five years for a pilot project to assess whether large-scale gene sequencing aimed at detecting disorders and conditions can and should become a routine part of newborn testing.

Immune to ageing
While ageing remains an inevitable fact of life, Max Planck researchers have discovered a microbe that stays forever young by rejuvenating every time it reproduces. The findings provide fundamental insights into the mechanisms of ageing.

 

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