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Team makes breakthrough in synthetic genome rearrangement

A synthetic biology team at Tianjin University (TJU) has reported new methods and strategies for genome rearrangement and accelerated the evolution …

Biology

Obesity now linked to 12 different cancers

Obesity is linked to as many as 12 different forms of cancer, according to a major new report which advises giving up bacon and swapping sugary drinks for water as part of a 10-point plan for avoiding the disease.<p>Up to 40% of cancers are preventable, says the World Cancer Research Fund, launching …

Cancer

Are You Immune to Cancer?

Seven years ago, biochemist Zheng Cui of Wake Forest University was conducting a routine experiment, injecting test mice with a strain of cancer …

Cancer

Nanoparticles from tea leaves 'destroy lung cancer cells'

<b>Nanoparticles derived from tea leaves could be the key to a leap forward in treating lung cancer, scientists have "accidentally" discovered.</b><p>The joint Swansea University and Indian team was actually intending to create markers for detecting tumours.<p>They were amazed to discover the "quantum dots" …

Cancer

Belly fat linked to vitamin D deficiency

A new study reveals that individuals with higher levels of belly fat and larger waistlines are more likely to have lower vitamin D levels.<p>Currently, …

Holistic Medicine

Startup developing single-letter gene editing technology launches with $87M Series A round

A new kind of gene editing company has just come out of stealth mode.<p>Armed with an $87 million Series A funding round announced Monday, Beam …

Genetics

Researchers: Depression may be a physical illness linked to inflammation

Physical Roots of Depression<p>Although current treatments for depression mostly focus on brain chemicals such as serotonin, scientists now think …

Immune System

Want to Have Smarter Kids? Here’s Why Exercise May Be Key.

If you like to excel in all facets of life and have every intention on breeding a super baby, get running: New research suggests men who exercise may …

The Brain

Lower Income Could Affect Memory and the Brain for the Worse - The Atlantic

We often attribute financial problems to bad life decisions: Why didn’t that person stay in college? Why didn’t they pick a more lucrative career? Why did they have so many kids? But several recent studies suggest that having less money can actually affect thinking and memory for the worse. In the …

The Brain

Why mindful breathing keeps your brain healthy and young

Yogis, non-yogis, long-term meditators, and short-term 'dabblers' alike will all agree that meditation improves focus. But, until now, no studies had …

The Brain

The Microbiome and Risk for Atherosclerosis

Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, customize your interests, and more<p>Yes! Alert me when new content is …

Microbiome

This Is Your Brain on Sugar, According to Neuroscience

Insert joke about this video being "sweet."<p>Sugar, in its most basic form, is a natural and simple combination of elements. But when artificially …

Neuroscience

Meet the Startup That's Giving Away Its CRISPR-Like Technology For Free

CRISPR is one of the most promising areas in biotech, but much of that potential has been locked behind expensive licensing schemes.<p>CRISPR is one of the most exciting areas in biotech. Investors, from VCs to the Defense Department, are pouring billions into CRISPR and CRISPR-like technology …

Genetics

EPO protects preemies' brains by modifying genes essential for generating new brain cells

Modified genes are essential for neurogenesis and responding to environmental stressors<p>TORONTO-(May 5, 2018) - Erythropoietin (EPO) helps to protect …

Neuroscience

Will Scientists Be Able to Reconstruct Faces from DNA?

Technologies for amplifying, sequencing and matching DNA have created new opportunities in genomic science. In this series When DNA Talks we look at …

Genetics

A New Prime Suspect for Depression

It all started with ketamine. To some, vets mainly, it’s a horse tranquilizer. To others, a party drug. To those with severe clinical depression, a …

Neuroscience

Decoding the brain's learning machine

In studies with monkeys, Johns Hopkins researchers report that they have uncovered significant new details about how the cerebellum—the "learning …

Gray Hair Linked to Immune System and Viral Infection

Researchers have identified a link between the immune system, viral infection and premature hair graying. The study reports mice who went prematurely …

Neuroscience

CRISPR-on-a-Chip For Diagnosing Cancer May Soon Be a Thing

Oh CRISPR, how you’ve grown. From an obscure part of the bacterial immune defense system, you’re now on track to cure genetic diseases, thwart …

Genetics

Is the Secret to Significantly Longer Life Hidden in Our Cells?

Once upon a time, a powerful Sumerian king named Gilgamesh went on a quest, as such characters often do in these stories of myth and legend. …

Emerging Technology

Having blood type O almost trebles risk of dying from serious injury, scientists find

Having blood type O almost trebles the risk of dying from serious injury because it does not clot as well, scientists have found.<p>Data from 901 emergency care patients in Japan showed a death rate of 28 per cent for those with type O blood.<p>The death rate of patients from other blood groups combined …

Medicine

This revolution in our understanding of depression will be life-transforming

Depression runs in families, we know. But it is only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, that we are beginning to know how and why. The major scientific discoveries reported last week by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium in <i>Nature Genetics</i> are a hard-won breakthrough …

Genetics

You have no control over your data, even your DNA

The arrest of the Golden State Killer has raised uncomfortable questions about information sharing by online genealogical databases.<p>The <i>New York Times</i> …

Privacy

A worldwide conservation effort aims to sequence the genomes of 1.5 million organisms

Akin to what the Human Genome Project was for medicine, an international group of researchers is launching a massive DNA collection effort called the …

Conservation

Key Differences in the Neanderthal Brain Reveal Explanation for Extinction

Sometimes, bigger is better.<p>About 40,000 years ago, our closest relatives, the Neanderthals, went extinct. But the mystery of <i>how</i> they died is a …

Anthropology

Path to building an entire organism from single cell is revealed

Whether a worm, a human, or a blue whale, all multicellular life begins as a single-celled egg.From this solitary cell emerges the galaxy of others …

Biology

A Data Storage Revolution? DNA Can Store Near Limitless Data in Almost Zero Space

In the age of big data, we are quickly producing far more digital information than we can possibly store.Last year, $20 billion was spent on new data …

Emerging Technology

Long-term antidepressant use linked to higher dementia risk

Antidepressants may significantly increase the risk of developing dementia, experts have warned.<p>A major new study, published in the British Medical Journal, found a “robust link” between the degenerative disease and the medication, even when taken up to 20 years before a diagnosis.<p>It suggests some …

Dementia

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Genetics