Mar 13, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Low Omega-3 and Vitamin D affects brain serotonin
Although omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been seen to improve cognitive function and behavior in certain brain disorders; low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D will negatively affect brain development and function as well.
Mar 12, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
DNA-binding protein critical to normal embryo
Scientists have found that CTCF, a DNA-binding protein, is essential in the body plan of a developing embryo.
Mar 11, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Developing a sense of taste
Our sense of taste is actually a combination of smell, taste and texture. A single taste bud can have dozens of receptor cells sending signals of sour, sweet, salty and bitter through nerve pathways to our brain. Taste even plays a role in digestion, preparing the stomach for a meal. But more significantly, taste cells regenerate every 10 days.
Mar 10, 2015-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weeklys
Mechanical stress is key in cell to cell fusion
The process of cell fusion was thought to be simple and straight forward, but turns out to be complicated. It is a two way street where one cell protrudes into another, while the invaded cell pushes back. Resistance is critical to the fusion process. Without it, the cell being invaded is simply pushed away ending fusion.
Mar 9, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
New hormone mimics the effects of exercise
A new human hormone, MOTS-c, has just been identified that protects against obesity and diabetes. The research was done in mice, but the chemistry exists in all mammals. MOTS-c was found in mitochondrial DNA while other hormones are produced in the DNA nucleus. It primarily targets muscle tissue, where it surprisingly restores insulin sensitivity.