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May 27, 2016------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Mitochondrial DNA therapy still imperfect
Mitochondrial replacement therapy is a procedure showing promise for preventing inheritance of mitochondrial diseases. However, small amounts of damanaged mtDNA — mitochondrial DNA — are now found to hitch a ride with the transferred nucleus, and recreate mtDNA errors in the baby.

May 26, 2016------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Eating fruit prenatally boosts babies' cognition
A University of Alberta, Canada, study discovers a previously unknown benefit to pregnant moms and their babies — increasing the amount of fruit in moms' diet increases baby's cognitive abilities.

May 25, 2016------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

BPA in pregnancy can put baby on course to obesity
Prenatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in plastic water bottles and canned food, is associated with obesity in children at age 7. Ninetyfour percent of pregnant women studied had detectable levels of BPA, a chemical also used in paper shopping receipts.

May 24, 2016
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Genes for nose shape found
Genes that drive the shape of human noses have been identified by a University College of London (UCL) study. These four genes affect the width and 'pointiness' of noses which vary greatly between different populations.

May 23, 2016------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Neurons must wriggle to reach their final destination
As our brain develops, microtubules give nerve cells a boost along their way. With attachment help from motor proteins, microtubules send neurons from their birthplace to make a trip towards their final locations. Once there, they pop out axons and dendrites to receive and send sensory signals.


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