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Shorter telomere length is widely considered a manifestation of stress in young children, but the results of a new study find it’s more complicated than that.  

With a clinical trial underway to restore vision optogenetically, researchers also see promise in using the technique to treat deafness, pain, and other conditions.

Boosting levels of a the immunosuppressive protein PD-L1 in blood stem cells halts diabetes in a mouse model of the disease.

A team has engineered two stem cell lines into “synthetic T cells” that destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. 

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Infected animals given chloroquine while pregnant had fetuses with a far lighter viral load in their brains than untreated mice did.

An analysis of President Trump’s proposed $7.2 billion slash to the National Institutes of Health budget points to dire consequences for the development of novel drugs.

Mutations in both copies of SERPINE1 can result in blood clotting disorders, but carriers might enjoy longer lifespan and health benefits. 

More-sophisticated structures lend new insight into how Zika attacks the developing brain.

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November 2017

Issue Cover: The Mosaic Brain

Industry professionals make more than academic researchers, but for professors, it may not be about the money.

No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function?

To treat neurological disease, researchers develop techniques to bypass or trick the guardian of the central nervous system.

Researchers aim for a routine screen to detect the neurodegenerative disease—decades before symptoms appear.


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The invasive insects weathered extreme climatic conditions by banding together and riding out Hurricane Harvey's flood waters.

The blood-brain barrier is a collection of specialized cells and proteins that control the movement of molecules from the blood to the central nervous system.

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Sponsored Product Updates

For businesses looking to invest in balances, A&D Weighing recently announced its new larger-capacity, load cell-based EJ series provides the same levels of affordability, precision and functionality previously found only in balances using a high-sensitivity electromagnetic weight sensor.

Proteome Sciences are pleased to announce the receipt of Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) accreditation which will enable the Company to extend its proteomic services to the analysis of clinical trial samples.

SYGNIS AG, under the Innova Biosciences (Innova) brand name, a specialist provider of bioconjugation products and services, today announced it has established a partnership with Abingdon Health Ltd.

Subtle changes require a sensitive analysis method.

Today Lonza Walkersville announced its new offering of Silensomes™ Human Liver Microsomes (HLM) products – pooled human liver microsomes for in vitro cytochrome P450 (CYP) phenotyping. CYP phenotyping is a regulatory requirement for new drug candidates to understand their metabolism and to predict drug-drug interactions.

Exosomes are difficult to produce in large quantities for experimentation. Hollow fiber bioreactors (HFBR) are the most efficient way to culture large numbers of cells for exosome production. Download this application note from FiberCell Systems to learn more!

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Sad day for the research community on cell division. What a disservice to science.

Sonia Rossell, commenting on The Scientist's Facebook page about renowned Univeristy of Tokyo cell biologist Yoshinori Watanabe being found guilty of manipulating images in five research papers from his lab.

Investigation Finds Cell Biologist Guilty of Misconduct