Jef Akst

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Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men

By Jef Akst | June 19, 2017

A deletion in a growth hormone receptor gene is tied to an average of 10 extra years of life among men, but not women, according to a study.

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Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?

By Jef Akst | June 15, 2017

A proposed mechanism for how bearded dragons with male chromosomes hatch as females at high temperatures

A new screening tool flags dozens of papers with potential errors.

The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.

Researchers are beginning to uncover a link between activity level and the microbial makeup of one’s gut.

The Stanford University psychiatrist and neuroscientist known for his contributions to optogenetics and tissue clearing is awarded €4 million by the Fresenius Research Prize.

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Binge-Eating Neurons Identified

By Jef Akst | May 26, 2017

Inducing activity in the zona incerta region of the brain prompts mice to gorge themselves.

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Tracing Zika’s Spread Through Genetics

By Jef Akst | May 25, 2017

DNA sequencing reveals that the virus responsible for the recent outbreak in the Americas originated in Brazil in 2014 and circulated undetected for months before the first cases were reported.

Four products have already qualified for the regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation that provides extra interactions with the agency, and sooner.

Harvesting lab-raised zebrafish based on their size led to differences in the activity of more than 4,000 genes, as well as changes in allele frequencies of those genes, in the fish that remained.

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