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Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Engineering

Editing The Genes Of Superbugs To Turn Off Antibiotic Resistance

Fighting bacteria’s ability to fight<p>Over the past decade, deadly bacteria such as MRSA, <i>C. difficile</i>, and even tuberculosis have developed numerous mechanisms to keep themselves alive at all cost – mostly against antibiotics. Some bacteria have the ability to pump invading antibiotics out of their …

Microbiology

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Medical Research

RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules …

Pest In Brazil Has Evolved Resistance Against GMO Corn

This has happened with several crop-munching insect species around the world.<p>Crop-munching caterpillars in Brazil are no longer put off by genetically modified plants designed to kill them, Reuters reports. The report is just the latest in a series that have emerged over the past few years.<p>In this …

Twenty Years of Alzheimer’s Research May Have Focused on the Wrong Protein

Most researchers think the disease is caused by the build-up of beta amyloid. But over 100 drugs targeting it have failed. Have they been focusing on …

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance when viewed under the microscope. The myelin sheath insulates the fibres, and helps them to carry …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

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Scientists unmask a piece in the puzzle of how the inheritance of traumas is mediated

Kohl's Laws of Biology: "The ecological origin of all biological laws is apparent 1) in the context of systems biology [91]; 2) in the context of the …

Scientists Identify When Innocent Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Horror

Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don't …

Science Says Women Like These Terrible Dance Moves

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Researchers from Northumbria University in the U.K. and Germany's University of Gottingen claim they …

Pound breaks below $1.37 for first time since January after weak U.K. PMI

May 1, 2018<br>5:02 AM<p>(Updates with Dentsu statement, WPP strategic review.) Advertising company WPP PLC (WPP.LN) said Tuesday that it has acquired full ownership of a number of agencies in the Asia-Pacific region for an undisclosed price in a share swap with Japan’s Dentsu Inc. (4324.TO). WPP said it …

Business (Canada)

7 Ways to Customize Gmail, Add Features and Save Time - BetterCloud Monitor

The Ultimate Guide for<br>G Suite Admins<p>DOWNLOAD HERE<p>The Ultimate Gmail Guide<p>DOWNLOAD HERE<p>The Ultimate Guide for<br>G Suite Admins<p>DOWNLOAD HERE<p>If you’re …

Apps

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

How and Why We Age: The Power of Telomeres and Telomerase

Twenty years ago little was known about the aging process. Many ideas existed but nothing was certain. Today we know how and why we age. We cannot control it just yet, but even that may change in the near future.<p>The human body has 100 trillion highly-specialized cells. Each of these cells has sets …

Europe 'stigmatising' Canada by labelling tar sands oil highly polluting

Canada's oil from tar sands would be "stigmatised" by EU regulations labelling it as highly polluting, the country's natural resources minister said on Tuesday. Joe Oliver also said a new study ranking Canada last among industrialised countries for climate change action was "name calling" and that …