Biology

Bacteria Identification on a Chip

Bacteria Identification on a Chip

Scientists at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan developed a new method of identifying bacteria on a microchip. They apply a mild electric field to gold electrodes on roughened glass slides to sort the bacteria, and then Raman spectroscopy ...

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Brain Rewards Good Deeds

Brain Rewards Good Deeds

Researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland showed that the brain reacts differently to events when it perceives them as good deeds even if those good deeds are aimed at others. The scientists ...

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Why Saliva Forms Beads on a String

Why Saliva Forms Beads on a String

A team made up of scientists from several institutions recently found the cause for the “beads-on-a-string” phenomenon, mostly known in saliva. When people stretch a glob of saliva between their thumb and forefinger, they see string of beads form, before ...

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Maternal Support Affects Bonobos’ Mating Success

Maternal Support Affects Bonobos’ Mating Success

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have recently reported a new discovery regarding apes’ behavior, specifically the Bonobo species. According to their study, maternal support affects male Bonobos’ chances of mating, even when the ape is ranked ...

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Genetic Key to Stem Cell Expression Identified

Genetic Key to Stem Cell Expression Identified

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have recently identified a gene that gives stem cells the capability to become any cell type. This unique attribute places stem cells at ...

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Genetic Links to Human Longevity

Genetic Links to Human Longevity

Scientists at Boston University and Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts have discovered a group of genetic variants that can predict long life in humans with 77% accuracy. By examining the genomes of people over the age of one hundred, researchers ...

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New Virus Defense Mechanism

New Virus Defense Mechanism

Researchers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut have discovered a new way that viruses reproduce and survive in hostile environments. Viruses use many different mechanisms to trick human cells into multiplying viruses and propagating them throughout biological systems. The ...

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$30 Genome Possible

$30 Genome Possible

Researchers at Harvard University have developed a new method for sequencing the human genome leveraging the microdynamics of fluids – a method that could significantly decrease the cost of the procedure to as little as $30. By using small droplets ...

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Genetic Links to Autism

Genetic Links to Autism

Researchers at Oxford University in England have found a non-hereditary genetic link to autism. They have shown that individuals with autism tend to have either missing or extra sectors of DNA segments, a genetic mistake called copy number variants. This ...

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Biological Clock Operate on a 24-hour Cycle?

Biological Clock Operate on a 24-hour Cycle?

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, have recently found the way in which our biological system knows to operate on a 24-hour cycle. This discovery, in the form of a single tiny molecule, holds the clue to the ...

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