Akira Yang

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What’s in a Fecal Transplant?

As technology improves, scientists are discovering just how important our gut microbes can be. The tiny organisms in our digestive tracts have an …

Discovery of pomegranate's anti-ageing molecule is a 'milestone'

Pomegranates slow down the ageing process by prompting cells to recycle and rebuild themselves, a study shows.<p>The ruby red fruit was revered by the ancients as “food of the gods”, but it has taken until now for scientists to identify the precise chemical that holds the key to youthful …

Anti-aging

CRISPR-Enabled Bacteria Transformed Into Self-Replicating Biological Hard Drive

Silicon-based memory storage is reaching an impasse. Like batteries, the technology hasn’t evolved very much over the last few decades, apart from …

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Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Depressing Theory: Cancer May Be An Evolutionary Safeguard To Protect Our Species

Living forever wouldn’t be good for the species. Did nature make a way to keep it from happening?<p>When our DNA is damaged and cannot be repaired, the damaged cell is marked for termination so its compromised DNA isn’t passed on. The cells are told not to reproduce. If this process, called apoptosis, …

Biology

New Law of Urination: Mammals Take 20 Seconds to Pee

<b>Call it the other Golden Rule: Scientists have found that all mammals weighing more than 2.2 pounds (a kilogram) empty their full bladders in about 20 seconds.</b><p>Like many new parents, David Hu, a mechanical engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has changed a lot of diapers. Unlike many new …

Scientists discover how Chinese medicinal plant makes anti-cancer compound

New research led by Professor Cathie Martin of the John Innes Centre has revealed how a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine produces compounds …

FDA to revoke pig drug approval over human cancer risk concern | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday moved to revoke approval of a drug used to treat certain diseases in pigs because it could leave a cancerous residue that may affect human health.<p>Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Doctor Robert Califf in Washington, November 17, …

Roche says FDA fast tracks atezolizumab in specific type of lung cancer | Reuters

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted priority review for atezolizumab for treating people with a specific type of lung cancer.<p>Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland January 28, 2016. …

Nanogel Transports Combination Drugs to Fight Cancer, Immune Disorders

A cutaway illustration of the nanogel developed by professor Tarek Fahmy. The small particle can carry multiple drug agents to a specific target, …

Immunotherapy

The FDA just approved a new cancer drug — here's what you need to know about it

The drug, called venetoclax, was approved to treat a subset of people with one of the most common forms of adult leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. It's made by drugmaker AbbVie.<p>Specifically, the drug targets those with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who also …

Scientists Detect Which Patients Are Resistant To Genetic Diseases

What genes can thwart a potent disease?<p>Over the past few decades, researchers have spent a lot of time discovering the genetic roots of a number of conditions. Some of these diseases, such as Huntington’s, sickle cell, and cystic fibrosis, are controlled by a single gene. These are called Mendelian …

Psychedelic man. What the brain looks like on LSD

It is the mind-bending drug which sparked a wave of psychedelic creativity in the 1960s.<p>But for the first time scientists have shown that LSD really does wake up the mind, sparking connections in areas of the brain which do not usually communicate.<p>In a controversial study led by Imperial College, …

The science: can LSD treat depression and make you more creative? - BBC Three

11 April 2016<p>There's long been a theory that LSD can be used effectively in treating psychological disorders. There's also been a theory that it makes one more creative and enhances the pleasure people get from music. Now we might have some actual science to back this up.<p>Since its banning in 1971, …

Hacking Gut Bacteria Could Be The Future Of Medicine

MIT biologists are reprogramming gut bacteria as "live therapeutics."<p>The human gut microbiome -- which includes the community of trillions of bacteria living within our intestines -- has been called one of the next big frontiers in medicine.<p>In recent years, a growing body of research has shown that …

Science papers rarely cited in negative ways

Just 2.4% of citations from an immunology journal present disagreements with previous work.<p>Has a research paper just criticized your work? Take it as …

CRISPR: A path through the thicket

As various advisory bodies, scientific organizations and funding agencies deliberate on genome editing in humans, Debra J. H. Mathews, Robin …

New life for pig-to-human transplants

Gene-editing technologies have breathed life into the languishing field of xenotransplantation.<p>Pale on its bed of crushed ice, the lung looks like …

Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms - MIT Technology Review

Braving a funding ban put in place by America’s top health agency, some U.S. research centers are moving ahead with attempts to grow human tissue …

Genetics

Obesity and cancer, a case for insulin signaling.

2015 Dec 31;6:e2037. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2015.381.<p>1Division of Signaling Biology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre/University Health Network, Toronto, …

UBS: The next big investment theme could be a cancer treatment

"This emerging science offers the potential for attractive returns," said Mark Haefele, who oversees the investment policy and strategy for $2 trillion.<p>Immunotherapy is an increasingly popular cancer treatment that, roughly put, trains the body's immune system to aggressively attack cancerous cells …

Gut Bacteria Dramatically Boosts Cancer Immunotherapy

Science has confirmed that a balanced gut—where good bacteria outnumber bad—is often linked to a stronger immune system. Now, researchers in the lab …

The FDA is quickly giving this cancer drug approval for new uses

On Monday, the FDA approved Opdivo to treat a type of kidney cancer. The next day, the agency gave the nod for the same drug to be used to treat an advanced skin cancer.<p>That's the sixth approval this year for Opdivo, an injection that helps the immune system fight cancer cells. This particular …

Surprise! Science Says Your Cat Wants To Kill You

The ancient Egyptians and everyone on the internet may worship cats, but the feeling is less than mutual. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh worked with the Bronx Zoo on a study comparing the behavioral patterns of house cats with their much larger cousins. By rating them in the “Big …

The FDA just approved a treatment that uses the herpes virus to treat cancer

Imlygic, a cancer drug developed by biotech company Amgen, uses a genetically modified herpes virus that's programmed to kill tumor cells in patients with melanoma that recurs after surgery.<p>Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, characterized by unusual moles or pigment areas. The …

Heat-triggered 'grenades' hit cancer

<b>Scientists have designed microscopic "grenades" that can explode their cancer-killing payload in tumours.</b><p>The team will present its findings at the National Cancer Research Institute conference next week.<p>They plan to use liposomes - tiny bubbles of fat which carry materials round the body - to …

How too much medicine can kill you

During a recent clinic consultation, I saw Mary, in her early 60s, with type 2 diabetes. She was concerned that the muscle pains in her legs may have been a result of the cholesterol-lowering statin drug she was taking. “But I’m scared of stopping it.” She explained how a specialist nurse had told …

Medicine