Christina Laventure

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Hopes of hepatitis C cure raised after antiviral drug treatment success

Sofosbuvir and ledipasvir stop virus replicating in 97% of patients in study reported in the Lancet journal<p>Scientists have reported the successful eradication of hepatitis C in patients using two new antiviral drugs, raising hopes of a possible cure.<p>In the trial, the virus was eliminated from …

Scientists Can Tell Your Ethnicity From The Germs In Your Mouth

The type of oral bacteria a person carries is determined more by genetics than lifestyle, one study suggests.<p>Every human mouth is unique. In each, a diverse microbial community thrives, in the spit, the plaque, and under the gums. The bacterial cocktail is a little different for everyone. It seems …

The human brain, its nervous projections, layers,... - Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils

<b>The human brain, its nervous projections, layers, and cortical blood vessels</b><p>Though we’re probably subconsciously aware of our brains on a day-to-day …

The science and magic of wine-making

Watching a cloudy, sweet liquid turn into a clear, alcoholic one – accompanied by the hiccupping of an airlock – is a treat<p>… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity …

Human brains are bigger, but not so special - Futurity

The neural circuits responsible for traits we consider uniquely human—like planning, decision-making, and speaking—are just …

The Brain

Vaccine targets virus passed from mom to fetus - Futurity

Early tests of an experimental vaccine to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections in people suggest that …

Prenatal Development

Why Depression Ruins Your Memory

It can impede the brain's ability to encode different, but very similar, memories, a process called pattern separation.<p>Depression has been linked to memory impairment, but being depressed doesn't affect all types of memory uniformly. A new study suggests that people with depression can remember the …

Prepubescent Mice Shed Tears To Fend Off Adults' Romantic Advances

A protective pheromone released in their tears keeps adult males from getting frisky with the too-young.<p>Unlike humans, mice don't have laws or social customs to govern who they mate with. Nor can a mouse ask a potential partner about her age. So how do mice know that their potential mate is …

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Antibiotics: Light-sensitive drugs to tackle hardy bugs

What if we could deactivate treatments after use to cut the rise of antibiotic resistance? Researchers hope they may be able to control the medicines we take to fight infection using light.<p>The voices warning of the demise of our antibiotic defences are getting louder. With common pathogens such as …

Neuro-enhancement in the military: far-fetched or an inevitable future?

As the science of brain stimulation forges ahead, neuroscientists and psychologists face tough ethical decisions<p>About five years ago, not long after I started up my research group at Cardiff University, something rather strange happened. One morning I came down to my lab to find the door wide open …