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Fossilized slime of 100-million-year-old hagfish shakes up vertebrate family tree

Ancient eel-like creature answers questions about when these bizarre fish branched off the evolutionary tree from other vertebrates Credit: Tetsuto Miyashita, University of Chicago. Paleontologists at the University of Chicago have discovered the first detailed fossil of a hagfish, the slimy, eel-like carrion feeders of the ocean. The 100-million-year-old fossil helps answer questions about when […]

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Leaf age determines the division of labor in plant stress responses

Credit: Kenichi Tsuda Unlike animals, plants cannot move freely to escape from life-threatening conditions. This constraint means that they require strategies to protect themselves against the diverse stresses they encounter in their natural environments. These environmental stresses can be of a physical (abiotic) nature, such as drought and high salinity, or are biotic, such as […]

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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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Implantable device curbs seizures and improves cognition in epileptic rats

Approach reduces seizures by 93 percent in three months Credit: Giovanna Paolone A protein-secreting device implanted into the hippocampus of epileptic rats reduces seizures by 93 percent in three months, finds preclinical research published in JNeurosci. These results support ongoing development of this technology and its potential translation into a new treatment for epilepsy. Motivated […]

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What is Data Integrity and ALCOA Plus

Data integrity is key in a pharmaceutical quality system ensuring that products are of the desired quality. Data Integrity is increasingly becoming a critical GMP issue the in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry. ALCOA-plus. A normally used word form for “attributable, legible, contemporaneous, original and accurate”   The descriptor ALCOA has been around since the 1990’s ensuring by […]

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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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