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Detecting early warning signs of disease onset

Dynamical state transition into alcohol addiction in rats The illustration at left depicts the state transition of a rat’s biological system from a stable state prior to alcohol deprivation (red), to an unstable state during deprivation (orange), to an excessive-drinking …

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How and Why Blood Clots Shrink

Contracting platelets (green) cause bending, kinking, and local accumulation of fibrin fibers (red) resulting in dramatic remodeling of the fibrin matrix. Alber Lab, UC Riverside.   How and Why Blood Clots Shrink UCR research elucidating how blood clots contract could …

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A lipid’s role in cell division

(iStock)   A lipid’s role in cell division by Natalya Ortolano Proper cell division is a basic process critical to cell survival. A ring composed of actin filaments and myosin motor proteins pinches the cell apart, producing two daughter cells …

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Frankenfood or the future of agriculture?

Consumers will soon be eating gene-edited foods that have added nutrients.   Frankenfood or the future of agriculture? Consumers will soon be eating gene-edited foods that have added nutrients, potatoes that do not turn brown, and mushrooms with a longer …

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New player in cellular signaling

The mTOR cellular pathway connects nutrition, metabolism, and disease. Image courtey of Steven Lee/Whitehead Institute   New player in cellular signaling Researchers have identified a key nutrient sensor in the mTOR pathway that links nutrient availability to cell growth. Nicole …

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Can’t sleep? Your brainwaves could be the answer

Thanh Dang-Vu: “Your brainwaves might be the clue to what type of insomnia treatment works best for you” Can’t sleep? Your brainwaves could be the answer Concordia research clarifies who stands to benefit from insomnia treatment Insomniacs, we feel for …

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Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Isabel Gauthier holding a three-dimensional model of a greeble, one of the novel objects used in her test of visual intelligence. ( Vanderbilt)   Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ by David Salisbury IQ doesn’t predict visual skill …

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Remarkable results for spinal muscular atrophy drug trial

  Remarkable results for spinal muscular atrophy drug trial Gabrielle Dunlsvy An international study involving UNSW and Sydney Children’s Hospital researchers has led to the first approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a devastating genetic disorder in babies. An international …

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Child neglect linked to parental unemployment

  Child neglect linked to parental unemployment The number of reported cases of child neglect in the United States of America increased as a result of the spike in unemployment following the financial crisis of 2007-08, according to new Oxford …

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New techniques give blood biopsies greater promise

Researchers have developed a new method for making “blood biopsies” for cancer more effective by using whole exome sequencing to monitor tumor DNA from blood samples. Image: Susanna Hamilton   New techniques give blood biopsies greater promise Improved methods validate …

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Diabetes researchers believe the future is bright

Pancreatic islets transplanted into a liver.   Diabetes researchers believe the future is bright Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world, but as yet there exists no known cure for the malady. Now, as part of …

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Spotlight on antibiotic resistance

  Spotlight on antibiotic resistance Uppsala University  takes up the antibiotic challenge Antibiotics save lives all around the world every day. But the growing problem of bacterial resistance is a serious public health threat, something the European Antibiotic Awareness Day …

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