Mice pass on brain benefits of enriched upbringing to offspring

Life experience may be transmitted from one generation to the next through changes in gene expression, parental caretaking Credit: Kalogeraki, Yusifov, and Löwel, eNeuro (2019) Mice growing up in a basic cage maintain lifelong visual cortex plasticity if their parents were raised in an environment that promoted social interaction and physical and mental stimulation, according […]

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Energizing the immune system to eat cancer

Abramson Cancer Center study identifies method of priming macrophages to boost anti-tumor response Credit: Penn Medicine PHILADELPHIA – Immune cells called macrophages are supposed to serve and protect, but cancer has found ways to put them to sleep. Now researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania say they’ve identified how to […]

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The Top 10 Biotech Companies in Stockholm

As Sweden’s capital, Stockholm is perhaps best known for its picturesque islands and bridges, crayfish festivals, and wondrously preserved medieval architecture, but the city is also a hub of biotech enterprise. Stockholm’s biotech industry is particularly strong when it comes to potential new treatments for rare illnesses ranging from sickle cell disease to various cancers. […]

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Danish Biotech Turns Bacteria into Fermentation Workaholics

The Danish biotech Enduro Genetics has shown it can improve the yield of fermentation by engineering bacteria to become ‘addicted’ to being productive. Fermentation vats full of bacteria or yeast are the workhorses for industries such as the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. They are used to mass-produce products including detergents, drugs and biofuels. The cells […]

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How staying in shape is vital for reproductive success

New research reveals that cells must keep their shape and proportions to successfully reproduce through cell division Credit: Snezhka Oliferenko Cells must keep their shape and proportions to successfully reproduce through cell division, finds new research from the Francis Crick Institute and King’s College London. The research, published in Nature Communications, reveals a fundamental biological […]

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Scientists discover new ‘architecture’ in corn

LSU scientists’ findings may improve biofuel production Credit: Tuo Wang, LSU. New research on the U.S.’s most economically important agricultural plant – corn – has revealed a different internal structure of the plant than previously thought, which can help optimize how corn is converted into ethanol. “Our economy relies on ethanol, so it’s fascinating that […]

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How long do people need to be monitored after fainting?

Study reveals best ways to catch life-threatening conditions Credit: The Ottawa Hospital For the first time, physicians in the Emergency Department (ED) have evidence-based recommendations on how best to catch the life-threatening conditions that make some people faint. New research published in Circulation suggests that low-risk patients can be safely sent home by a physician […]

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