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Jef Akst

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Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned

By Jef Akst | December 7, 2017

A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 

The switch from maternal factors involves dynamic reprogramming of the zygotic genome.

New technologies reveal the dynamic changes in mouse and human embryos during the first week after fertilization.

The daughters of Finnish women separated from their parents as children during World War II have higher rates of psychiatric hospitalization than those born to women who had not been evacuated.

image: Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients

Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients

By Jef Akst | November 24, 2017

Infectious protein aggregates from the skin of human patients can cause disease in mice.

image: Editors Claim Censorship at a Public Health Journal

Editors Claim Censorship at a Public Health Journal

By Jef Akst | November 21, 2017

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

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.

New techniques for activating or suppressing neural activity by zapping the skull’s surface allow researchers to target smaller and deeper areas of the brain.

image: Research Links Gut Health to Neurodegeneration

Research Links Gut Health to Neurodegeneration

By Jef Akst | November 13, 2017

Rodent studies presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week tie pathologies in the gastrointestinal tract or microbiome composition with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Maintaining dynamic connections among the body’s mitochondria is required for the health and life-extending benefits of low-calorie diets for nematodes.

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