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A novel research study reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, the research shows that although we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from our parents – the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other p

Genetically, Mammals are More Like Their Fathers

March 4, 2015 | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

A novel research study reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, the research shows that although we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from our parents – the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other person – we actually “use” more of the DNA that we inherit from our dads.

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A team of investigators have developed an antibody which has proven 100 percent protective against the virus in two species of animal models.

Compound Protects 100% of Ferrets, Mice From H5N1

March 4, 2015 9:23 am | by American Society for Microbiology | Comments

A team of investigators have developed an antibody which has proven 100 percent protective against the virus in two species of animal models.

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Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these and other neurological diseases

New Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis Target Identified in Mice

March 4, 2015 9:03 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these and other neurological diseases.

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Researchers have identified a novel role for a signaling mechanism in lung cells that permanently places them into a state of suspended animation called senescence. Alive but unable to do much of anything, including divide, senescent cells cannot become c

Halting Cell Division Protects Lung Cells in Mice From Cancer

March 3, 2015 11:50 am | by Sharon Parmet, University of Illinois | Comments

Researchers have identified a novel role for a signaling mechanism in lung cells that permanently places them into a state of suspended animation called senescence. Alive but unable to do much of anything, including divide, senescent cells cannot become cancerous. Drugs that can induce senescence through this signaling pathway would represent a new class of chemotherapy.

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What do a human colon, septic tank, copper nanoparticles and zebrafish have in common? They were the key components used by researchers to study the impact copper nanoparticles, which are found in everything from paint to cosmetics, have on organisms inad

Impact of Copper Nanoparticles on Zebrafish Studied in the Lab

March 3, 2015 11:27 am | by Sean Nealon, University of California, Irvine | Comments

What do a human colon, septic tank, copper nanoparticles and zebrafish have in common? They were the key components used by researchers to study the impact copper nanoparticles, which are found in everything from paint to cosmetics, have on organisms inadvertently exposed to them.

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Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice can help overcome that by first blocking the gene that confers drug resistance, then launching a new chemotherapy at

Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance in Mice

March 3, 2015 11:03 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice can help overcome that by first blocking the gene that confers drug resistance, then launching a new chemotherapy attack against the disarmed tumors.

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In a new study, brain scientists have mapped changes in communication between nerve cells as rats learned to make specific decisions in response to particular sounds. The team then used this map to accurately predict the rats’ reactions. These results add

Scientists Map Memorable Tunes in the Rat Brain

March 3, 2015 10:53 am | by NIH | Comments

In a new study, brain scientists have mapped changes in communication between nerve cells as rats learned to make specific decisions in response to particular sounds. The team then used this map to accurately predict the rats’ reactions. These results add to our understanding of how the brain processes sensations and forms memories to inform behavior.

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Common Flame Retardant Causes Obesity in Rats

March 3, 2015 8:38 am | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Chemicals used as synthetic flame retardants in common household items such as couches, carpet padding, and electronics have been found to cause metabolic and liver problems in laboratory rats. These problems can lead to insulin resistance, a major cause of obesity, according to a new study from the University of New Hampshire.

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Seattle-based Aquatic Enterprises Inc has announced its twenty-fifth year as a key player in the aquatic animal housing industry. Achieved using the philosophy of constant innovation and customer awareness, Aquatic Enterprises has grown from servicing res

Aquatic Enterprises Celebrates 25 Years

March 3, 2015 8:37 am | Aquatic Enterprises, Inc. | Comments

Seattle-based Aquatic Enterprises Inc has announced its twenty-fifth year as a key player in the aquatic animal housing industry. Aquatic Enterprises has grown from servicing residential fish tanks and ponds to manufacturing state-of-the art equipment for universities and schools, research institutes, public aquariums, fish hatcheries, seafood retailers and seafood wholesalers.

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A key part of the brain involved with decision making, the striatum, appears to operate hierarchically – much like a traditional corporation with executives, middle managers and employees.

Brain's Decision-Making Structure Seen in Rats

March 2, 2015 10:52 am | by OIST | Comments

A key part of the brain involved with decision making, the striatum, appears to operate hierarchically – much like a traditional corporation with executives, middle managers and employees.

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A newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis, according to a recent study.

Compounds Protect Against MS Nerve Damage in Mouse Models

March 2, 2015 10:32 am | by Mount Sinai Health System | Comments

A newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis, according to a recent study.

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In the 1990s, neuroscientists identified a class of drugs that showed promise in the area of stroke. NMDA receptor antagonists could limit damage to the brain in animal models of stroke. But one problem complicated testing the drugs in a clinical setting:

Drugs With Anti-Stroke Potential Revived in Mice, Minus Side Effects

March 2, 2015 10:13 am | by Emory University | Comments

In the 1990s, neuroscientists identified a class of drugs that showed promise in the area of stroke. NMDA receptor antagonists could limit damage to the brain in animal models of stroke. But one problem complicated testing the drugs in a clinical setting: the side effects included disorientation and hallucinations. Now researchers have found a potential path around this obstacle.

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Scientists have demonstrated that a specialized DNA-binding protein called CTCF is essential for the precise expression of genes that control the body plan of a developing embryo.

Specialized Protein Assures Normal Cell Development in Mice

March 2, 2015 8:36 am | by NYC Langone Medical Center | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated that a specialized DNA-binding protein called CTCF is essential for the precise expression of genes that control the body plan of a developing embryo.

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In a recent study, researchers homed in on the culprit that fuels variable vulnerability within squamous cell cancers: exposure to a signal given off by immune cells that congregate next to a tumor’s blood vessels.

Growth Signal Influences Cancer Cells' Vulnerability to Drugs

March 2, 2015 8:35 am | by Rockefeller University | Comments

In a recent study, researchers homed in on the culprit that fuels variable vulnerability within squamous cell cancers: exposure to a signal given off by immune cells that congregate next to a tumor’s blood vessels.

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Researchers say that a small molecule called Tetrandrine derived from an Asian herb has shown to be a potent small molecule inhibiting infection of human white blood cells in vitro or petri dish experiments and prevented Ebola virus disease in mice.

Asian Herb Used as Treatment for Ebola in Mice

March 2, 2015 8:35 am | by Texas Biomedical Research Institute | Comments

Researchers say that a small molecule called Tetrandrine derived from an Asian herb has shown to be a potent small molecule inhibiting infection of human white blood cells in vitro or petri dish experiments and prevented Ebola virus disease in mice.

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A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans.

Cancer Drug First Tested in Pet Dogs Begins Human Trials

February 27, 2015 11:06 am | by Diana Yates, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans.

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