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Canada Launches Official Vaccination Smart Phone App

Canada Launches Official Vaccination Smart Phone App | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health at the Canadian Public Health Association, yesterday launched a new vaccination app for iPhone and Android: ImmunizeCA

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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.

 

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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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Building a superhuman: Stem cell advances are leading to dangers and ethical problems few have considered

Building a superhuman: Stem cell advances are leading to dangers and ethical problems few have considered | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
In last century’s nuclear age, mythical mutations were created by radiation. Now, all the promise and peril of human nature is wrapped up in stem cells
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New Discovery in the Microbiology of Serious Human Disease

New Discovery in the Microbiology of Serious Human Disease | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Previously undiscovered secrets of how human cells interact with a bacterium which causes a serious human disease have been revealed in new research by microbiologists.
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Scientists Develop Barcoding Tool for Stem Cells

Scientists Develop Barcoding Tool for Stem Cells | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A project to develop a barcoding and tracking system for tissue stem cells has revealed previously unrecognized features of normal blood production: New data suggests, surprisingly, that the billions of blood cells that we produce each day are made not by blood stem cells, but rather their less pluripotent descendants, called progenitor cells.
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DNA ‘Bias’ May Keep Some Diseases in Circulation

DNA ‘Bias’ May Keep Some Diseases in Circulation | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new study found that a bias toward certain types of DNA sequences during gene conversion may be an important factor in why certain heritable diseases persist in populations around the world.
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Gene Interacts With Stress, Leads to Heart Disease

Gene Interacts With Stress, Leads to Heart Disease | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new genetic finding suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease.
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The Rainbow Connection | The Scientist Magazine®

The Rainbow Connection | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.
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Anatomy of a Virus | The Scientist Magazine®

Anatomy of a Virus | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A mass spectrometry-based analysis of influenza virions provides a detailed view of their composition.
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Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself

Human genome was shaped by an evolutionary arms race with itself | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
An evolutionary arms race between rival elements within the genomes of primates drove the evolution of complex regulatory networks that orchestrate the activity of genes in every cell of our bodies, researach shows. The arms race is between mobile DNA sequences known as 'retrotransposons' (a.k.a. 'jumping genes') and the genes that have evolved to control them.
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Nobel Prize-winning ‘iPSC’ Stem Cell Method Vastly Improved

Nobel Prize-winning ‘iPSC’ Stem Cell Method Vastly Improved | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
By adding just three compounds to the Nobel Prize-winning induced pluripotent stem cell recipe, a research group is reporting a huge 90 to 100 percent stem cell haul in under a week.
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Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity | The Scientist Magazine®

Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.
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Alcohol Sensations Influenced by Genes

Alcohol Sensations Influenced by Genes | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that likely influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers.
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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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Vanier Scholar advancing FASD diagnostics | The Ring

Vanier Scholar advancing FASD diagnostics | The Ring | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Discovery of a novel heart and gut disease

The disease, which has been named 'chronic atrial intestinal dysrhythmia syndrome', is a serious condition caused by a rare genetic mutation. This finding demonstrates that heart and guts rhythmic contractions are closely linked by a single gene in the human body.
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Predicting Abstract Judgments from Brain Waves

Predicting Abstract Judgments from Brain Waves | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
People make immediate judgments about images they are shown, which could impact on their decisions, even before their brains have had time to consciously process the information, a study of brainwaves has found.
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Gluten Timing Does Not Prevent Celiac Disease

Gluten Timing Does Not Prevent Celiac Disease | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Two studies give disappointing news for parents looking for a way to prevent celiac disease in babies at higher risk for it because of family history. Neither breast-feeding nor timing the start of gluten-containing foods makes a difference in whether a child develops the problem.
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Lift Weights, Improve Your Memory

Lift Weights, Improve Your Memory | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Here’s another reason why it’s a good idea to hit the gym: it can improve memory. A new study shows that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory for previous events, by about 10 percent in healthy young adults.
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Breaking News: Six Changing Faces of ‘Global Killer’ Bacteria

Breaking News: Six Changing Faces of ‘Global Killer’ Bacteria | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers have shown for the first time that a genetic switch allows Streptococcus pneumoniae to randomly change its characteristics into six alternative states.
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Muscle to Mind | The Scientist Magazine®

Muscle to Mind | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Exercise-induced muscle metabolites protect the brain from stress-induced depression in a mouse model. 
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Alzheimer's Patients Can Feel the Emotion After the Memories Have Vanished

Alzheimer's Patients Can Feel the Emotion After the Memories Have Vanished | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence— good or bad— on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Cancer: The origin of human retinoblastoma : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Cancer: The origin of human retinoblastoma : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The cellular origins of most human cancers remain unknown, but an analysis of embryonic retinal cells identifies differentiating cones as the cell of origin for the childhood cancer retinoblastoma.
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Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat

Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital.
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Tolerating, not fighting, viruses a viable survival strategy

Tolerating, not fighting, viruses a viable survival strategy | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
In ecology, disease tolerance is defined as a host strategy not to fight a pathogen tooth and nail, but rather tolerate it to live (and survive) better in the long term. One key feature of tolerance is that the disease only progresses very slowly -- if at all -- even if the host carries a high pathogen load. In some HIV sufferers, this approach is evident. A research team has now determined how strongly patients differ in their tolerance and upon which factors it depends.
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