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Cashing In On Fears Of Autism: Scientists Claim They Can Predict Whether A Mom Will Have A Child With Autism

Cashing In On Fears Of Autism: Scientists Claim They Can Predict Whether A Mom Will Have A Child With Autism | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new study describes a prenatal test that might predict autism - but the authors have patented the proteins and formed a company to sell the test, long before the science is in. The claims surrounding the study are fraught with problems.
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CBR: cbr.uvic.ca

CBR:  cbr.uvic.ca | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it

The CBR is a multidisciplinary unit with an emphasis on genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology. The centre was created to promote interdisciplinary basic and translational biomedical research. Our members span several UVic departments, the UVic Division of Medical Sciences, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the BC Cancer Agency.

 

This topic will provide general info on a variety health and science related subjects, mirroring the interests of the CBR members.

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PyBamView: a browser-based application for viewing short read alignments

PyBamView: a browser-based application for viewing short read alignments | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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101 questions with a bioinformatician #18: Richard Emes

101 questions with a bioinformatician #18: Richard Emes | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Richard Emes is an Associate Professor and Reader in Bioinformatics at The
University of Nottingham. He is also the Director of the University's
Advanced Data Analysis Centre (ADAC).
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Have Homeopaths Reached Peak Stupid?

Have Homeopaths Reached Peak Stupid? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Remove hot drinks and sharp objects from your immediate vicinity. Across the world, homeopaths today are trying to 'heal the oceans'. To do so, British homeopath, Grace DaSilva-Hill, has been writi...
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Enhanced Enhancers | The Scientist Magazine®

Enhanced Enhancers | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The recent discovery of super-enhancers may offer new drug targets for a range of diseases.
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Ebola and Marburg are Millions of Years Old, Not Thousands

Ebola and Marburg are Millions of Years Old, Not Thousands | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Ebola and Marburg are 16 to 23 million years old, not thousands of years old as once thought, according to a new study. The research also indicates that while Ebola and Marburg diverged from each other millions of years ago.
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Rhythmic Rewiring | The Scientist Magazine®

Rhythmic Rewiring | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Circadian neurons in fruit flies form synapses with different, noncircadian brain regions depending on the time of day.
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Why do veins look blue?

Why do veins look blue? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Blood is red, but thanks to physics, chemistry and industrial relations, veins can look blue, explains Dr Karl.
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Shaping up: Researchers reconstruct early stages of embryo development | University of Cambridge

Shaping up: Researchers reconstruct early stages of embryo development | University of Cambridge | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
All organisms develop from embryos: a cell divides generating many cells. In the early stages of this process, all cells look alike and tend to aggregate into a featureless structure, more often than not a ball. Then, the cells begin to ‘specialise’ into different types of cell and space out asymmetrically, forming an axis which begins to provide a structure for the embryo to develop along.
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Essential Collection: Ebola - Virology - Elsevier

Essential Collection: Ebola - Virology - Elsevier | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
There is intense interest in Ebola virus due to the current crisis in West Africa. This Essential Collection gathers together 10 recent articles...
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Microbes Fight Chronic Infection | The Scientist Magazine®

Microbes Fight Chronic Infection | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Gut microbiome analysis reveals protective bacteria that enhance resistance to persistent Clostridium difficile infections.
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Sugared Soda Consumption Linked to Cell Aging

Sugared Soda Consumption Linked to Cell Aging | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to a new study that found drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.
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Bioprinted 3-D Device Aids Blood Detoxification

Bioprinted 3-D Device Aids Blood Detoxification | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego has successfully developed a three-dimensional-printed device, which mimics the operation of the liver to remove dangerous toxins from the blood.
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Visualization of protein sequence features using JavaScript and SVG with pViz.js

Visualization of protein sequence features using JavaScript and SVG with pViz.js | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Royal Jubilee lab takes big step forward with new microbiology technology - Saanich News

Royal Jubilee lab takes big step forward with new microbiology technology - Saanich News | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it

The accuracy of the new robotic system is now 100 per cent for every single specimen

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Taking More Than One Vaccine at a Time Doesn't Hurt!

Taking More Than One Vaccine at a Time Doesn't Hurt! | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The specific antigens given in vaccines represent only a small portion of the daily stimuli the immune system has to deal with.

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, November 21, 10:13 AM

ANYONE who has done some immunology could tell you that - but there are distressingly few of us...B-(

Erik Carter's comment, November 21, 10:52 AM
However, while it's not dangerous to give multiple vaccines at once, it can prove detrimental to the development of a good immune response. I used to work in a viral immunology lab that looked at heterologous immunity as well as simultaneous infections. If you're interested, look into Liisa Selin's research as UMass Medical School. It's very interesting, and a lot of fun to do.
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Controlling Genes with Thoughts

Controlling Genes with Thoughts | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed the first gene network to be operated via brainwaves. Depending on the user’s thoughts, it can produce various amounts of a desired molecule.
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Scientists uncover small set of genes critical in aging and neurodegenerative disease

Scientists uncover small set of genes critical in aging and neurodegenerative disease | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Aging is the most significant and universal risk factor for developing neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. This risk increases disproportionately with age, but no one really knows why.
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Getting to the Heart of the Heart

Getting to the Heart of the Heart | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
For years, a multidisciplinary research team has tracked an elusive creature, a complex of proteins thought to be at fault in some cases of sudden cardiac death. Now, they have finally captured images of the complex.
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Custom Cardiology: A Virtual Heart for Every Patient - IEEE Spectrum

Custom Cardiology: A Virtual Heart for Every Patient - IEEE Spectrum | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Personalized computer models will let cardiologists test life-saving interventions
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Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's? - US News

Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's? - US News | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
When this protein malfunctions, brain cells die, say researchers working with mice
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Lung Cancer Can be Spotted Before CT Detection

Lung Cancer Can be Spotted Before CT Detection | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A team of showed that it is possible to detect, in patients at risk of developing lung cancer, early signs of disease several months, and in some cases several years, before the cancer becomes detectable by CT scanning.
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Paper Behind The Green Coffee Bean Diet Craze Retracted

Paper Behind The Green Coffee Bean Diet Craze Retracted | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The "scientific" paper that helped ignite the green coffee bean diet craze has been retracted. The details of the retraction and the full background of the story were fully reported by Ivan Oransky on Retraction Watch. The paper, published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, purported to report the substantial weight loss findings [...]
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Typical nonsense nonscience!

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Obesity Accelerates Liver Aging

Obesity Accelerates Liver Aging | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an epigenetic clock, researchers have found for the first time that obesity greatly accelerates aging of the liver.
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What Happens to Your Brain When Your Mind is at Rest?

What Happens to Your Brain When Your Mind is at Rest? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
For many years, the focus of brain mapping was to examine changes in the brain that occur when people are attentively engaged in an activity. No one spent much time thinking about what happens to the brain when people are doing very little. But new research has done just that.
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Op-Ed: Stem cell superheroes and the limits of our biology (Includes interview and first-hand account)

Op-Ed: Stem cell superheroes and the limits of our biology (Includes interview and first-hand account) | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Ever thought about having the powers or abilities of a superhero? We can improve our abilities by training and effort, but enhancing the human condition really has biological limits. What if we could exceed the constraints of our biology?
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