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Stem cells may help treat stroke

Stem cells culled from bone marrow may prove beneficial in stroke recovery, scientists at UC Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross ...

3D model of malaria genome to help understand how disease works

For the first time, scientists have generated a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages ...

New gene implicated in most common, most deadly child brain cancer

Genetic mutations found in brain tumours in children have opened up intriguing avenues to tackle this lethal form of cancer, ...

How did we get from one cell to human? Ancient fish may hold the answer

It took him years of searching in the Canadian Arctic, but in 2004, Neil Shubin found the fossilized remains of ...

Neanderthal link to fat metabolism in the brain

Modern humans of European descent have a lot in common with their Neanderthal ancestors when it comes to genes related ...

Mitochondria may be impaired in vets with Gulf War Sydrome

Doctors have struggled for decades to find a cause for a host of debilitating health problems experienced by veterans of ...
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Brain implants may help monitor neurological problems, address depression and Parkinson’s

Helen Shen at Nature chronicles a new class of deep brain implant that not only helps treat Parkinson's but may, ...
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Epigenomic boom over hyped?

Epigenetics promises to explain the relationships between our genes and environments, but some scientists argue it may be going too ...
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Breakthrough STAP stem cell researchers officially guilty of misconduct

Earlier this year researchers at Japan's RIKEN institute announced a remarkably easy way to produce stem cells -- the holy ...
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In defense of Biology Fortified Inc

Biology Fortified Inc (BFI) is widely recognized as an independent, free-thinking, and accurate source of information on biotechnology. Over the last ...

Do vaccines cause autism? No, it’s in the genes

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of studies linking autism to a wide variety of genetic and ...
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MIT researchers use MRI to study genetic activity in brains

MIT researchers have used genetic engineering and a bit of chemistry to make it possible, for the first time, to ...

Gene regulator plays role in Alzheimer’s

Along with symptoms of cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease patients often have an accumulation of plaques and tangles of proteins in ...

Pre-natal neuron disorganization may cause autism

Nobody knows what causes autism, a condition that varies so widely in severity that some people on the spectrum achieve ...

New bipolar treatments possible with stem cell model of disease

Skin cells taken from people with bipolar disorder have been turned into brain cells. These in turn are offering up ...

Gene expression goes realtime with MRI

Doctors commonly use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose tumors, damage from stroke, and many other medical conditions. Neuroscientists also ...
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Revisiting the “gay gene” controversy: Homosexuality is only a disorder if society makes it one

Earlier this year, findings shared at the annual AAAS meeting triggered a firestorm of "gay gene" headlines and reactionary op-eds ...
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Whole-genome sequencing in your doctor’s office? A reality check, but sooner than later

The cost of genome sequencing hasn't really plummeted, but it's still dramatically cheaper than it used to be. Does that ...

Genetics make some people prone to depression

Why do some people sail through life's difficulties, while others get mired in depression? A certain gene may explain such ...
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Rejecting GMOs and supporting small-scale organic farming is a cheap vote winner but it’s not sustainable

The increase in global food supplies has been largely achieved through massive expansion of land cultivation. That's not sustainable. Rejecting ...

First test to predict Alzheimer’s years in advance

The world's first blood test to predict Alzheimer's disease before symptoms occur has been developed. The test identifies 10 chemicals ...

Chemotherapy induces long-lasting epigenetic changes in blood cells

Many breast cancer survivors experience fatigue and other debilitating symptoms that persist months to years after their course of treatment ...
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‘Fat gene’ stands falsely accused, offers lesson in gene-gene interactions

For much of the last decade, a gene called FTO has been touted as a 'fat gene'. Now it seems ...

Are extreme athletes genetically drawn to take risk?

Studies of skiers, snowboarders and other extreme athletes are shedding new light on why different people are attracted to different ...
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GMOs “no longer a Pandora’s box”–Key tool to meet soaring food needs

The NGO Biosciences for Farming in Africa has produced a collection of essays focused on "how will we be able ...
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Gene therapy for HIV infection?

HIV has proven to be a frustrating challenge to scientists looking for a magic-bullet cure. Researchers are now evaluating an ...

Pesticides in paradise?

Many Kauai locals have been outraged to discover that their island paradise is also home to a proliferating genetically engineered ...

My genes made me do it

In the trial of Rene Patrick Bourassa Jr., the defendant and his attorneys made no effort to deny he had ...