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Breaking News: Could Metabolism Play a Role in Epilepsy?

Breaking News: Could Metabolism Play a Role in Epilepsy? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers exploring a possible link between metabolic defects and seizures have determined that diet could influence susceptibility to seizures, and they have identified a common diabetes drug that could be a useful treatment.
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CBR: cbr.uvic.ca

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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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Poor Fitness May Affect Brain Volume Decades Later

Poor Fitness May Affect Brain Volume Decades Later | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
More evidence for the benefits of physical fitness comes to light in a new Neurology study that found an association between lack of exercise in mid-life and smaller brain size 20 years later.
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Year in Review: CRISPR Blossoms | The Scientist Magazine®

Year in Review: CRISPR Blossoms | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
As researchers work to improve the precision gene-editing technology, the community discusses the best way to use it.
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Study Links Body Fat, Weight Loss, and Chromosome Length in Breast Cancer Patients

Study Links Body Fat, Weight Loss, and Chromosome Length in Breast Cancer Patients | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
It is well documented that a healthy diet and exercise are key in cancer prevention and management, but the exact mechanism hasn’t been clear. Now, researchers have found an explanation in the tiny protective ends of chromosomes called telomeres.
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Researchers seeking dementia patients to test new technology - Goldstream News Gazette

Researchers seeking dementia patients to test new technology - Goldstream News Gazette | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Devices help prevent wandering and caregiver anxiety
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Highly efficient Cas9-mediated gene drive for population modification of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles stephensi

Highly efficient Cas9-mediated gene drive for population modification of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles stephensi | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Animal Study Shows How Exercise May Energize Brain Cell Function

Animal Study Shows How Exercise May Energize Brain Cell Function | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers discovered that an enzyme called SIRT3 that is located in mitochondria — the cell's powerhouse — may protect mice brains against the kinds of stresses believed to contribute to energy loss.
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Paul Allen's Latest Surprising Revelation About The Human Brainhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/arleneweintraub/2015/11/16/paul-allens-latest-surprising-revelation-about-the-human-brain/

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Fitter Legs Could Mean A 'Fitter' Brain

The power in your legs could directly indicate how your cognitive function will hold up to aging.
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International award salutes researcher’s science outreach activities | The Ring

International award salutes researcher’s science outreach activities | The Ring | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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University of Victoria, Centre for Biomedical Research's Director E. Paul Zehr wins award.

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Drug Used to Treat Cancer Appears to Sharpen Memory

Drug Used to Treat Cancer Appears to Sharpen Memory | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
New research found that a drug – RGFP966 – administered to rats made them more attuned to what they were hearing, able to retain and remember more information, and develop new connections that allowed these memories to be transmitted between brain cells.
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ICORD researcher wins international science communication award

ICORD researcher wins international science communication award | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
ICORD Principal Investigator E. Paul Zehr has won the Society for Neuroscience’s Science Educator Award, a recognition given to two neuroscientists each year for a devotion to outreach and public e...
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E. Paul Zehr, University of Victoria professor of neuroscience & kinesiology, director of the Centre for Biomedical Research

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Chemical Cages: New Technique Advances Synthetic Biology

Chemical Cages: New Technique Advances Synthetic Biology | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Living systems rely on a dizzying variety of chemical reactions essential to development and survival. Most of these involve a specialized class of protein molecules--the enzymes. In a new study, scientists presents clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with, speeding up reactions essential for life processes.
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E-Cigarette Dangers - 700 Children's

E-Cigarette Dangers - 700 Children's | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular and widely available. Read the facts on e-cigarettes and the dangers that threaten your child's health.
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How Exercise May Help Us Fight Off Colds

How Exercise May Help Us Fight Off Colds | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Working out could help us fight off colds and other infections, a new study suggests, providing more incentive to exercise as the temperatures drop.
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The Periodic Table of Proteins

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With potential to save lives, CRISPR already sparing mice

Genetically engineered mice can be created in just weeks at a fraction of the cost of old methods. That's saved a lot of animals.
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On the Street: New executive for Island BBB

On the Street: New executive for Island BBB | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Richard Gordon of Access Records and Media is the new chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island. He succeeds Gary Eisenstein of Falcon Software in the top post for 2016. Other . . .
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Scientists create a mutant mosquito that could help eradicate malaria

Scientists create a mutant mosquito that could help eradicate malaria | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The breakthrough has implications far beyond fighting malaria.
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Birth of the Skin Microbiome | The Scientist Magazine®

Birth of the Skin Microbiome | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The immune system tolerates the colonization of commensal bacteria on the skin with the aid of regulatory T cells during the first few weeks of life, a mouse study shows.
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Dangerous Liaison: Bacteria, Viruses in League

Dangerous Liaison: Bacteria, Viruses in League | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Serendipity spurs the discovery of a curious collusion between bacterial pathogens and viruses that infect them, triggering the formation of clinically frustrating structures called biofilms.
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Researchers Find Universality in Protein Locality

Researchers Find Universality in Protein Locality | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A team of researchers has mapped out a universal dynamic that explains the production and distribution of proteins in a cell, a process that varies in detail from protein to protein and cell to cell, but that always results in the same statistical pattern. The findings potentially offer new insights into explaining the variability in phenotypes, or physical appearances.
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Role Found for Critical Gene in 95% of ALS

Role Found for Critical Gene in 95% of ALS | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Like a bad teenager, in 95 percent of all amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) cases, a protein called TDP-43 leaves its home— the nucleus of motor neuron cells—to congregate, in suspect fashion, in the cytoplasm. In a study published in Science this summer, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) team of pathologist Phillip Wong, Ph.D., offered new insight into this molecular rebellion.
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Researchers Find Neural Switch that Turns Dreams On and Off

Researchers Find Neural Switch that Turns Dreams On and Off | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
At the flip of a switch, neuroscientists can send a sleeping mouse into dreamland. The researchers inserted an optogenetic switch into a group of nerve cells located in the ancient part of the brain called the medulla, allowing them to activate or inactivate the neurons with laser light.
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New Autism Genes Are Revealed in Largest-Ever Study

New Autism Genes Are Revealed in Largest-Ever Study | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
In the largest, most comprehensive genomic analysis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) conducted to date, an international research team has identified 65 genes that play a role in the disorder, 28 of which are reported with “very high confidence,” meaning that there is 99 percent certainty that these genes contribute to the risk of developing ASD.
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