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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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An online survey finds that people report feeling most relaxed with a glass of red wine or beer, and most aggressive when drinking spirits.

Kathy Partin, whose staff had expressed concerns about changes she instituted, was reportedly asked to leave.

The immunotherapy, which targets CD22 on cancer cells rather than CD19, might prove useful in patients for whom previous T-cell treatments were unsuccessful. 

The editorial board at the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health accuses its publisher of promoting corporate interests.

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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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Novel single-tube enzymatic fragmentation technology simplifies library preparation, minimizing sample loss New England Biolabs (NEB®) announced the release of the  NEBNext Ultra II FS DNALibrary Prep Kit for next generation sequencing (NGS).

As it has become essential to control the behaviour and development of living cells in culture, Alvéole is launching PRIMO, a new photopatterning device that enables biologists to create protein patterns for cell-based assays that are essential for their research work.

Don't be naughty: Grab one of these t-shirts for your favorite scientist before it's too late.

Photomanipulation offers a way of interacting with a sample via targeted illumination, and is valuable when dealing with complex, compartmentalized biological mechanisms. Find out how photomanipulation lets researchers access additional layers of information with this guide from Leica Microsystems.

TRIS buffers can cause challenges in pH measurement. Selection of the appropriate reference system can allow improved sensor accuracy and extended lifetime. Download this application note from Mettler Toledo to learn more.

Find out about the effects of protein-residue sensor contamination on pH measurement speed and accuracy. Discover how sensors especially developed for biological applications can resist protein fouling.

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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