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Marine Invertebrate Gives Clues to Tissue Regeneration

July 1, 2015 | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

A common filter-feeding marine invertebrate found in coral reefs is able to eject and regenerate its gut within 12 days and rebuild it's branchial sac within 19 days, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. This finding could lead to promising new avenues in human soft tissue regeneration research.

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Thermosensory Gene Responsible for Increased Activity During the Summer

July 1, 2015 10:13 am | News | Comments

The warm temperature on a summer’s day is often a time for relaxing, but researchers from the University of Leicester have suggested that a ‘thermosensory’ gene could be responsible for changes in behavior in different climates, based on research in fruit flies.

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Researchers Identify Two Promising Candidates to Prevent and Treat MERS

July 1, 2015 9:56 am | Videos | Comments

University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have discovered and validated two therapeutics that show early promise in preventing and treating the MERS virus, which can cause severe respiratory symptoms, and has a death rate of 40 percent. These therapeutics are the first to succeed in protecting and treating animal models of the disease.

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The influenza virus can be lethal to those who are infected. But what is often just as dangerous is the body’s own reaction to the virus. Now, a researcher has for the first time uncovered new details about how this response plays out.

Molecule Protects Mice from Dangerous Overreaction to Viral Attack

June 30, 2015 1:20 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

The influenza virus can be lethal to those who are infected. But what is often just as dangerous is the body’s own reaction to the virus. Now, a researcher has for the first time uncovered new details about how this response plays out.

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Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another.

Understanding Why Animals are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

June 30, 2015 1:09 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another. 

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Research has revealed for the first time that pain is processed in male and female   mice using different cells.

Immune Cell Involved in Female Pain

June 30, 2015 1:00 pm | by McGill University | News | Comments

Research has revealed for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells.

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Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome patients suffer symptoms including albinism, visual impairment, and slow blood clotting, but what makes some versions of the genetic condition fatal is that patients with some forms of the disease develop severe and progressive l

New Strategies Against Rare, Fatal Lung Syndrome Demonstrated in Mice

June 30, 2015 12:41 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome patients suffer symptoms including albinism, visual impairment, and slow blood clotting, but what makes some versions of the genetic condition fatal is that patients with some forms of the disease develop severe and progressive lung scarring. A new study explains what appears to be going wrong and demonstrates two possible therapeutic strategies in lab experiments.

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Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of   laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms   known as freshwater planarians.

Flatworms Could Replace Mammals for Some Toxicology Tests

June 30, 2015 12:29 pm | by Kim McDonald, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater planarians.

Enzyme Fights Inflammation in Kidneys

June 30, 2015 8:23 am | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

The enzyme IDO helps reduce inflammation in cells damaged by kidney disease in an animal model, according to a new study from Georgia Regents University. IDO also reduced inflammation in human kidney tissue.

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PRI-Bio has been selected by McCarthy/Mortenson and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide multiple bio-hazardous waste decontamination systems for the $835 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a DHS Science and Technology Director

PRI-Bio to Provide Bio-Hazardous Waste Decontamination System for DHS Facility

June 29, 2015 1:43 pm | by PRI-Bio | News | Comments

PRI-Bio has been selected by McCarthy/Mortenson and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide multiple bio-hazardous waste decontamination systems for the $835 million National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a DHS Science and Technology Directorate project located in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Studies on mice reveal that a special protein in the brain’s tiniest blood vessels may affect the risk of stroke.

Key Protein Affects Risk of Stroke in Mice

June 29, 2015 1:29 pm | by Carina Eliasson, University of Gothenberg | News | Comments

Studies on mice reveal that a special protein in the brain’s tiniest blood vessels may affect the risk of stroke.

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When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new research.

Rats 'Dream' Paths to a Brighter Future

June 29, 2015 1:17 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new research.

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Future therapies for failing hearts are likely to include stem-like cells and   associated growth factors that regenerate heart muscle. Scientists have just taken an   important step towards that future by identifying a stem-like “progenitor” cell that

Progenitor Cell Exclusively Forms Heart Muscle in Mouse Embryos

June 29, 2015 1:04 pm | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

Future therapies for failing hearts are likely to include stem-like cells and associated growth factors that regenerate heart muscle. Scientists have just taken an important step towards that future by identifying a stem-like “progenitor” cell that produces only heart muscle cells.

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Researchers have successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in experiments using a drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure. If the treatment is proven effective in humans, it would be the f

Blood Pressure Drug Erases Memories Causing Addiction in Rats

June 29, 2015 12:53 pm | by Marc Airhart, University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Researchers have successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in experiments using a drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure. If the treatment is proven effective in humans, it would be the first of its kind — one that could help prevent relapses by erasing the unconscious memories that underlie addiction.

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Drug Delivered Via Nanoparticle Halts Progression of Atherosclerosis in Mice

June 29, 2015 8:16 am | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a novel method to treat atherosclerosis by loading nanoparticles with a chemical that helps the animals' body better deal with cholesterol. This finding may lead to new treatments for cardiovascular disease.

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Fight or Flight Neural Pathway Mapped in Mouse Brain

June 26, 2015 10:22 am | News | Comments

A mouse confronted with danger is likely to either freeze in place or run for its life. But how this primal response is elicited in the brain has remained murky. A study in mice published in Science reveals specific neuronal wiring that runs between the eye and the amygdala that translates the sight of an advancing threat to the animal’s instinct to freeze or flee.

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