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Yale Research Shows People with a Mental Illness are More Likely to Smoke

April 16, 2014

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New research from Yale University shows that people with a mental illness are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and are less likely to quit smoking than those without mental illness. Those in the United States with a mental illness diagnosis are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and smoke more heavily, and are less […]

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New Study Presents “Water World” Theory for the Emergence of Life

April 16, 2014

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A new study describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life, assembling decades of field, laboratory and theoretical research into a grand, unified picture. Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling […]

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Neurobiologists Block the Effects of Stress

April 14, 2014

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By deleting the REDD1 gene in mice, researchers from Yale University were able to block the synaptic and behavioral deficits caused by stress. Ketamine, an anesthetic sometimes abused as a street drug, increases the synaptic connections between brain cells and in low doses acts as a powerful antidepressant, Yale researchers have found. However, stress has […]

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New Research Tests Theory that Life Originated at Deep Sea Vents

April 9, 2014

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New research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution tests the theory that simple metabolic reactions near ancient seafloor hot springs enabled life as we know it to begin. One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth. Scientists have determined approximately when life began (roughly 3.8 billion years ago), but there is […]

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Researchers Uncover Mode of Action of New Multiple Sclerosis Drug

April 7, 2014

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Scientists from the Max Planck Institute and the University of Lübeck have uncovered the mode of action for dimethyl fumarate, a drug that was recently approved in Europe as a basic therapy for multiple sclerosis. Just a few short weeks ago, dimethyl fumarate was approved in Europe as a basic therapy for multiple sclerosis. Although […]

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MIT Researchers Reverse a Rare Liver Disorder in Mice

April 3, 2014

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In a newly published study, MIT researchers show that a new gene-editing technique, known as CRISPR, can reverse a rare liver disorder caused by a single genetic mutation. Using a new gene-editing system based on bacterial proteins, MIT researchers have cured mice of a rare liver disorder caused by a single genetic mutation. The findings, […]

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Biomedical Engineers Grow Self-Healing Muscle

April 1, 2014

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Biomedical engineers from Duke University have grown living skeletal muscle that demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the laboratory and inside an animal. Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates […]

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How Genetic Research Can Help People Colonize Other Planets

March 28, 2014

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A recently held symposium by the HMS Department of Genetics asked experts to consider how genetic research can help people colonize other planets. If you haven’t thought about reworking the human genome so people can colonize other planets, don’t worry. Plenty of people are on it. Scientists of many stripes have been figuring out what […]

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Deleting a Single Gene Reduces Fat Mass and Extends Lifespan of Mice by 20%

March 26, 2014

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Researchers discover that mice without the FAT10 gene have an elevated metabolic rate, burn fat as fuel, exhibit reduced glucose and insulin levels, and age more slowly than normal mice. By deleting a single gene, researchers at Yale University were able to dramatically reduce fat mass in mice while expanding their lifespan by 20%. The […]

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Scientists Reveal 3D Structure of the Molecular Transporter TSPO

March 24, 2014

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Scientists have revealed the 3D structure of the molecular transporter TSPO for the first time, opening the door to novel paths for the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. The word “cholesterol” is directly linked in most people’s minds with high-fat foods, worrying blood test results, and cardiovascular diseases. However, despite its bad reputation, cholesterol […]

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Yale Researchers Identify a Key Link between Tumors and Healthy Tissue

March 21, 2014

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Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine have discovered a key link between tumors and healthy tissue, revealing a potential mechanism used by cancer cells to recruit healthy cells to promote tumor growth. The delicate balance between development of normal tissue and tumors depends in part upon a key molecular switch within cells, Yale School […]

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Paleontologists Announce the Discovery of Bird-Like Dinosaur Anzu Wyliei

March 21, 2014

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Paleontlogists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History have revealed the discovery of an 11 feet long and five feet tall bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A team of researchers has announced the discovery of a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei, that provides paleontologists with their first good look at a […]

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