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Making Mosquitoes Self-Destruct

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated disruption of genes associated with eye pigment caused eye color to change from Black to white. Michelle Bui, UC Riverside.   Making Mosquitoes Self-Destruct UCR researchers are generating genetically engineered insects to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases …

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X-Rays Reveal the Biting Truth About Parrotfish Teeth

Scientists studied the microstructure of the coral-chomping teeth of the steephead parrotfish, pictured here, to learn about the fish’s powerful bite. (Credit: Alex The Reef Fish Geek/Nautilus Scuba Club, Cairns, Australia)   X-Rays Reveal the Biting Truth About Parrotfish Teeth …

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Sleeping Soundly with SleepLoop

  Sleeping Soundly with SleepLoop The University Medicine Zurich initiative unveils its new flagship project, SleepLoop, a tool to modulate sleep that could have a wide range of medical applications. Magdalena Seebauer It’s important not just for the brain’s development, …

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Thalamus helps the cerebrum with learning

When the input signals from the two eyes change, not only the neurons in the visual cortex alter their activity but also the thalamus cells. Hence, contrary to the textbook view, both regions of the brain are plastic. MPI of …

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Cryotherapy versus ice baths: It’s a draw

Cryotherapy is ‘very popular’ in elite sport but new study shows it’s of similar benefit to cold water immersion, below CREDIT: Erich Hohenauer   Cryotherapy versus ice baths: It’s a draw The first study to compare the effect of cold …

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A New Strategy for Prevention of Liver Cancer Development

Cells treated with a chemical carcinogen show severe liver cancer development. In cells treated with the same dosage of a chemical carcinogen and given synthetic dsRNA treatment at the pre-cancer stage tumor suppression occurred.   A New Strategy for Prevention …

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NASA CubeSat Missions: Pushing the Boundaries of Technology

Credits: Nanoracks   NASA CubeSat Missions: Pushing the Boundaries of Technology NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program is on the countdown clock to advance communications and proximity maneuvering capabilities for CubeSats with two separate technology demonstration missions. The Optical Communications and …

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Leading expert calls for Australian cyber warfare strategy

Image: Shutterstock Leading expert calls for Australian cyber warfare strategy UNSW Canberra UNSW Canberra’s Professor Greg Austin says that to be prepared for a major war, Australia needs a new cyber military industrial strategy that is independent of the United …

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Trials bring hope for world-first rheumatoid arthritis treatment

UQ’s Diamantina Institute Professor Ranjeny Thomas.   Trials bring hope for world-first rheumatoid arthritis treatment Human trials of an innovative treatment for rheumatoid arthritis developed by The University of Queensland have begun in Brisbane. DEN-181, a vaccine-style treatment referred to …

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Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons

MIT researchers have devised a way to control single neurons using optogenetics. Courtesy of the researchers   Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons Focused laser beam could help scientists map connections among neurons that underlie behavior. Anne Trafton Researchers at …

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CRISPR-carrying nanoparticles edit the genome

In a new study, MIT researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver the CRISPR genome-editing system and specifically modify genes, eliminating the need to use viruses for delivery. Image: MIT News   CRISPR-carrying nanoparticles edit the genome New delivery system …

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27 ways heatwaves can kill

Illustration of pathways through which heat can damage vital organs and result in death.   27 ways heatwaves can kill A new systematic synthesis by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa shows that there are at least 27 …

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Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future

This illustration represents a fruit fly executing a similarity search algorithm based on odor. Credit: Salk Institute   Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future The way fruit flies identify similarities between odors offers a new approach for …

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Information filter for immune defence

Structure of the MHC-I peptide-loading complex in the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum. S. Trowitzsch, A. Möller, R. Tampé   Information filter for immune defence Researchers are deciphering the structure of the MHC-I peptide-loading complex. Nowadays, social media help us …

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