Biology

The New ‘Chatter Box’

Psychologists at The University of Manchester, working together with a team from the University’s School of Computer Science, have developed a powerful super computer to mimic the part of the brain that controls speech and language functions to better understand ...

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Cell Phone Radiation Alters Human DNA Expression

Mobile phone usage has been associated to a number of diseases; however, causal relations have not been proved yet. A pilot human volunteer study, conducted by the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), has recently revealed that exposure of ...

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How Embryonic Stem Cells Become Tissue Specific

How Embryonic Stem Cells Become Tissue Specific

It has been unclear for many years how embryonic stem cells develop to their final destination as a specific tissue of the grown organism. Recently, a collaborative research group from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the US National Institutes of ...

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The Link between Inflammation and Cancer

The Link between Inflammation and Cancer

A research team from the Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) at MIT has confirmed that when DNA repair mechanisms are compromised, chronic inflammation expedites intestine cancer in mice. The results suggest that people with a decreased ability to repair ...

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Scientists Create Synthesized DNA

Scientists Create Synthesized DNA

DNA, which provides the genetic code for everything from bacteria to blue whales, is composed of combinations of just four units, or bases. Floyd Romesberg, a chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, along with his team of ...

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The Curing Ability of Arsenic

Researchers from the University of Dundee in the UK were able to reveal for the first time how Arsenic and other molecules like Arsenic trioxide (ATO), known for many years to cure the acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), help break down ...

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Victimless Leather

Victimless Leather

A small-scale prototype of a stitch-less “leather” jacket is on display at the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition that is currently taking place at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Created by Oron Catts and lonat ...

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Understanding Dogs’ Barks

Researchers from Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary have published a new study suggesting a primitive communication system may unite virtually all mammals. The theory could help explain why previous research has shown that many mammals, including humans, understand the vocalizations ...

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Sex, Sharks and Cancer

Sex, Sharks and Cancer

In 2001, Zoo workers at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, were astonished to find a hammerhead shark pup in an aquarium devoid of male bonehead sharks. Thorough genetic analysis recently revealed that the pup was indeed a result ...

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Do Monkeys ‘Pay’ for Sex?

Do Monkeys ‘Pay’ for Sex?

A recent study conducted in Indonesia shows that male primates “paid” for sexual access to females in the form of pre-sex rituals, and that the success of these rituals was reduced as the number of available females went up. Although ...

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