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Proteins Affect How “Jumping Gene” Gets Around

Proteins Affect How “Jumping Gene” Gets Around | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Using a new method to catch elusive “jumping genes” in the act, researchers have found two human proteins that are used by one type of DNA to replicate itself and move from place to place.
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Bacteria Can Integrate Degraded DNA | The Scientist Magazine®

Bacteria Can Integrate Degraded DNA | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
In lab experiments, bacteria usurp small, damaged fragments of DNA, including those from a 43,000-year-old woolly mammoth.  
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Aging Impacts Epigenome in Human Skeletal Muscle

Our epigenome is a set of chemical switches that turn parts of our genome off and on at strategic times and locations. These switches help alter the way our cells act and are impacted by environmental factors including diet, exercise and stress.
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Nuts Can Lower Cancer, Heart Death Risk

Nuts Can Lower Cancer, Heart Death Risk | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.
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Breaking News: New Theory of Cancer Development

Breaking News: New Theory of Cancer Development | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers have devised a new way to understand patterns of aneuploidy in tumors and proposed that aneuploidy is a driver of cancer, rather than a result of it.
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Does Acupuncture Work for Pain?

Does Acupuncture Work for Pain? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A review of modern acupuncture evidence and myths, particularly with regards to treating low back pain and other common pain problems.
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Effects of Chronic Stress Can be Traced to Your Genes

Effects of Chronic Stress Can be Traced to Your Genes | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
New research shows that chronic stress changes gene activity in immune cells before they reach the bloodstream.
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Why is There No Cure for the Common Cold?

Why is There No Cure for the Common Cold? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Video of human rhinovirus C15 model suggests novel topography; receptor preference & immunogenicity
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Breaking News: Incurable Brain Cancer Gene Silenced

Breaking News: Incurable Brain Cancer Gene Silenced | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the brain cancer that killed Sen.
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New HPV vaccine promises to prevent 85% of invasive cervical cancer : OBGYN News

New HPV vaccine promises to prevent 85% of invasive cervical cancer : OBGYN News | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
An investigational 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine could prevent up to 85% of invasive cervical cancer, according to a spokesman for Merck, the company developing the product.
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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, November 1, 2013 2:42 AM

They added types 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 - interesting!

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Monster Mash: Protein Folding Gone Wrong

Monster Mash: Protein Folding Gone Wrong | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Imagine a 1950s horror movie monster— a creeping, gelatinous, gluey tangle of gunk that strangles everything around it. That’s what amyloid plaques are like when they form in body tissues.
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Method Creates Liver, Pancreas Stem Cells

Method Creates Liver, Pancreas Stem Cells | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a new method for creating stem cells for the human liver and pancreas. This method could enable both cell types to be grown in sufficient quantities for clinical use.
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Ultrasound, Nanoparticles May Help Diabetics Avoid the Needle

Ultrasound, Nanoparticles May Help Diabetics Avoid the Needle | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new nanotechnology-based technique for regulating blood sugar in diabetics may give patients the ability to release insulin painlessly using a small ultrasound device, allowing them to go days between injections.
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Strategy Targets 'Undruggable' Cancer Protein

Strategy Targets 'Undruggable' Cancer Protein | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The protein in cells that most often drives the development of cancers has eluded scientists’ efforts to block it for three decades– until now.
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Kids Are Less Fit than Their Parents Were

Kids Are Less Fit than Their Parents Were | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.
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Coffee May Help Perk Up Blood Vessels

Coffee May Help Perk Up Blood Vessels | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The caffeine in a cup of coffee might help your small blood vessels work better, according to a new study showing that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee significantly improved blood flow in participants' fingers.
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Signal Found to Enhance Survival of New Brain Cells

Signal Found to Enhance Survival of New Brain Cells | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A specialized type of brain cell that tamps down stem cell activity ironically, perhaps, encourages the survival of the stem cells' progeny, researchers report.
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Nanoparticle Enables Cheap and Easy Test for Blood Clots - IEEE Spectrum

Nanoparticle Enables Cheap and Easy Test for Blood Clots - IEEE Spectrum | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
MIT researcher will launch company around simple urine test for detecting blood clots
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'Tearless' Onions Could Help Fight Heart Disease

'Tearless' Onions Could Help Fight Heart Disease | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Onions now come in a tearless version that scientists are now reporting could pack extra health benefits like their close relative, garlic, which is renowned for protecting against heart disease.
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New Genetic Error Found in Lung Cancers

New Genetic Error Found in Lung Cancers | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A fine-grained scan of DNA in lung cancer cells has revealed a gene fusion– a fo
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Researchers Develop Peptoid Nanosheets that Mimic Natural Antibodies

Researchers Develop Peptoid Nanosheets that Mimic Natural Antibodies | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from the Berkeley Lab have developed peptoid nanosheets that mimic the way natural antibodies recognize viruses and toxins.

Taking inspiration from the human immune system, researchers at the U.S.
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Method Can Kill Drug-resistant Cancer Cells

Method Can Kill Drug-resistant Cancer Cells | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Cisplatin is a chemotherapy drug given to more than half of all cancer patients. The drug kills cells very effectively, but tumors can become resistant to the drug and grow back. A new study offers a possible way to overcome that resistance.
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Infection Inception: DNA in virus in virus in amoeba in eye

Infection Inception: DNA in virus in virus in amoeba in eye | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, a 17-year-old French woman arrived at her ophthalmologist with pain and redness in her left eye. She had been using tap water to dilute the cleaning solution for her contact lenses, and even though they were meant to be replaced every month, she would wear them for three. As a result, the fluid in her contact lens case had become contaminated with three species of bacteria, an amoeba calledAcanthamoeba polyphaga that can caused inflamed eyes.

The mystery of the woman’s inflamed eyes was solved, but Bernard La Scolaand Christelle Desnues looked inside the amoeba, they found more surprises.

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Baby Brains Learn Through Imitation

Baby Brains Learn Through Imitation | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for adults, but for babies it’s their foremost tool for learning.
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