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Age-Related Hearing Loss Gene Identified

Many medical conditions such as dementia, diabetes, hearing loss and cardiovascular disease are age related. At what stage and how severe these …

Hearing loss

Genetic Testing: The Future of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Five new life-extending treatments—Provenge, Zytiga, Xtandi, Xofigo and Jevtana—have become available for treating prostate cancer in the last five …

Scientists develop process that makes a mouse transparent

No, the mouse does not live.

Life Sciences

The man who lost his memory but gave much to neuroscience

<i>Amy Ellis Nutt is a science writer on the National staff at The Washington Post. Her beat is the brain.</i><p>Before iPhones and thumb drives, before Google docs and gigabytes of RAM, memory was more art than artifact. It wasn’t a tool or a byproduct of being human. It was essential to our character and …

Life Sciences

Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin

How genes in our DNA are expressed into traits within a cell is a complicated mystery with many players, the main suspects being chemical. However, a …

Science

Moderate physical activity linked with 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s

(<i>European Society of Cardiology</i>) Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in …

Fitness

Scientists Identify Several Genes Associated with Age-Related Conditions

Age is a risk factor for many conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hearing loss, dementia and others, but the genes that we carry …

The Mystery of How Cancer Cells Barrel Through Your Body

In 1995, while he was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, the biomedical scientist Peter Friedl saw something so startling it kept …

Cancer

Report Finds Microsoft Excel Causes Errors in 20 Percent of Genomics Studies

Microsoft Excel, that ubiquitous tool for data crunching, has been playing an unexpected role in the scientific world. The program has been screwing …

Genomics

DNA chip offers big possibilities in cell studies

A UT Dallas physicist has developed a novel technology that not only sheds light on basic cell biology, but also could aid in the development of more …

Science

Something to Grapple with: How Wily Lyme Disease Prowls the Body

The sneaky germ uses a mechanism like that of white blood cells to reach vulnerable tissues and hide from antibiotics

Lyme disease

Study shows protein complex essential to creating healthy blood cells

A group of proteins best known for helping to activate all mammalian genes has been found to play a particularly commanding role in the natural …

Genetics

In some genetic cases of microcephaly, stem cells fail to launch: Uncovering how genetic defects cause microcephaly may help Zika researchers

The study was published August 24 in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>Due to the Zika virus, the world is suffering from its first known epidemic of …

Genetics

If you want to understand the brain’s wiring diagram, algebraic topology may be the key

The human connectome is the network of links between different parts of the brain. These links are mapped out by the brain’s white matter—bundles of …

Life Sciences

Using Ultrasound to Jump Start The Brain After Coma

<i>Summary: Researchers have developed a new, non-invasive technique that could be used to treat patients with consciousness disorders.</i><p>Source: UCLA.<p><b>New</b> …

Life Sciences

This embryo has DNA from both parents’ mitochondria

When parents pass along their genes to their children, most of the DNA from the mother and father is evenly divided. However, children receive one …

DNA

Combined HRT could increase breast cancer risk by nearly 300%

Women who rely on the most commonly used form of hormone replacement therapy are roughly three times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not use it, according to a study whose results suggest the risk of illness has been previously understated.<p>Those using the combined HRT …

Medicine

Stopping scars before they form

Most people start racking up scars from an early age with scraped knees and elbows. While many of these fade over time, more severe types such as …

Health

We need to stop sanitizing everything and let bacteria back in our lives

Dr. Jack Gilbert wants to make our hospitals dirty.<p>His idea runs counter to hundreds of years of scientific practice. Since a surgeon named Joseph …

Science

Zika infection may affect adult brain cells

Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. …

Study links two genes to breast cancer survival

Testing for the activity of two genes could pick out women who are at increased risk of dying from their breast cancers, suggests a new study of …

Breast Cancer

DNA database brings scientists closer to pinpointing genes for disease

Scientists say they are closer to pinning down the genetic causes of inherited diseases ranging from muscular dystrophy to certain types of heart disease after analysing the DNA of more than 60,000 people.<p>Researchers have discovered more than 3,000 genes in which certain mutations are likely to …

DNA

Scientists find way to guide bacteria carrying chemo drugs straight inside tumours

Canadian scientists say they have found a way to direct special bacteria to carry chemotherapy drugs straight into the most active part of a …

Bacteria

Scientists discover what could be a 'perfect' painkiller without side effects

New drug discovered by team including Nobel Prize-winning chemist shows 'promise' as a replacement for opium-based drugs like morphine – although it …

Evolutionary biology

20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity

<b>1. Does humanity have a future beyond Earth?</b><br>“I think it’s a dangerous delusion to envisage mass emigration from Earth. There’s nowhere else in the …

Big Ideas

Rapamycin reverses age-related increases in mitochondrial ROS production at complex I, oxidative stress, accumulation of mtDNA fragments inside nuc... - PubMed

2016 Aug 4. pii: S0531-5565(16)30237-6. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2016.08.002. [Epub ahead of print]<p>Rapamycin reverses age-related increases in …

Biology

Lithium should be more widely used for bipolar disorder, researchers say

Britain’s 650,000 people with bipolar disorder should take lithium to help control their condition, despite its reputation for dulling the senses, a significant new study has found.<p>Researchers claim that although the drug does carry some health risks, its overall effectiveness, especially its …

Scientific Research

Immune Cell–Stem Cell Cooperation | The Scientist Magazine®

© FANATIC STUDIO/GETTY IMAGESWe may perceive ourselves as static beings, but the cells of our bodies are in constant flux. The outer layers of our …

Life Sciences

Newly Discovered Emergency Responders to Liver Damage | The Scientist Magazine®

<b>TO THE RESCUE: Upon liver injury, GATA6+ peritoneal macrophages sense ATP released from the wound and migrate toward it (A). At the injury site,</b> …

Liver