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Robert E. Marc named recipient of 2014 Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research

Robert E. Marc named recipient of 2014 Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research

Robert E. Marc, Ph.D., director of research at the University of Utah's John A. Moran Eye Center, has been named by the International Society of Eye Research as the recipient of the Houston, Texas-based Retina Research Foundation's 2014 Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research. [More]
Study finds microglia increase neuronal firing and enhance brain cell survival after injury

Study finds microglia increase neuronal firing and enhance brain cell survival after injury

A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to Cleveland Clinic research published today in the online journal Nature Communications. [More]
Scientists develop next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate functional human platelets

Scientists develop next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate functional human platelets

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work is a major biomedical advancement that will help address blood transfusion needs worldwide. [More]
Study: L-carnitine has neuroprotective effects on injured sciatic nerve of rats

Study: L-carnitine has neuroprotective effects on injured sciatic nerve of rats

Several studies have demonstrated that L-carnitine exhibits neuroprotective effects on injured sciatic nerve of rats with diabetes mellitus. [More]
Scientists reveal structure of protein involved in life and development of cancer

Scientists reveal structure of protein involved in life and development of cancer

Scientists reveal the structure of one of the most important and complicated proteins in cell division - a fundamental process in life and the development of cancer - in research published in Nature today (Sunday). [More]
Interaction between 2 proteins can be responsible for allergic asthma after eating infected fruit

Interaction between 2 proteins can be responsible for allergic asthma after eating infected fruit

Researchers at the UPM suggest that the interaction between two proteins can be the responsible for the allergic asthma episodes after eating an infected fruit. [More]
New test for TB could improve speed and accuracy of diagnosis for deadliest diseases

New test for TB could improve speed and accuracy of diagnosis for deadliest diseases

A new test for tuberculosis (TB) could dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for one of the world's deadliest diseases, enabling health care providers to report results to patients within minutes, according to a study published this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie. [More]
A*STAR scientists pioneered a molecular connection between obesity and diabetes

A*STAR scientists pioneered a molecular connection between obesity and diabetes

Scientists from the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, have discovered that obese individuals lack a protein that is essential for regulating blood glucose levels, causing them to face higher risks of developing diabetes. [More]
FEI announces the sale of a complete correlative workflow to the University of Maastricht

FEI announces the sale of a complete correlative workflow to the University of Maastricht

FEI (NASDAQ: FEIC) announces the sale of a complete correlative workflow to the University of Maastricht. The systems will be installed at the University’s Institute of Nanoscopy, a new research facility that will use the high-resolution microscopes to understand the working mechanisms of protein complexes in an effort to develop new and improved treatment and prevention for disease, such as cancer and tuberculosis. [More]
Alternative disposal process in optic nerve cells has implications for neurodegenerative diseases

Alternative disposal process in optic nerve cells has implications for neurodegenerative diseases

Biologists have long considered cells to function like self-cleaning ovens, chewing up and recycling their own worn out parts as needed. [More]

Leica Microsystems to unveil first LifeSight report at MicroScience Microscopy Congress 2014

Leica Microsystems, one of the world’s leading designers and producers of microscopes and high-tech precision optical systems, will host a pre-registration event at 4pm at Cobden Room 3 on 01 July 2014 at the MicroScience Microscopy Congress 2014 (30 June - 3 July 2014, Manchester, UK) to unveil the first LifeSight report into current and future trends in life science research. [More]
Bioengineer wins NIH grant to advance brain-computer interface technology

Bioengineer wins NIH grant to advance brain-computer interface technology

Less than two years ago, a brain-computer interface designed at the University of Pittsburgh allowed Jan Scheuermann to control a robotic arm solely with her thoughts. Using the arm to bring a chocolate bar to her mouth and taking a bite was a sweet victory for Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia. [More]
U-M researchers detail new discoveries about basic biology of dystonia

U-M researchers detail new discoveries about basic biology of dystonia

Twist and hold your neck to the left. Now down, and over to the right, until it hurts. Now imagine your neck - or arms or legs - randomly doing that on their own, without you controlling it. [More]
New study on transmitophagy process may help treat diverse disorders

New study on transmitophagy process may help treat diverse disorders

It's broadly assumed that cells degrade and recycle their own old or damaged organelles, but researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute have discovered that some neurons transfer unwanted mitochondria - the tiny power plants inside cells - to supporting glial cells called astrocytes for disposal. [More]
Researchers identify new mechanism by which normal cells turn malignant in mammary epithelial tissues

Researchers identify new mechanism by which normal cells turn malignant in mammary epithelial tissues

A team of researchers led by David J. Mooney, Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, have identified a possible mechanism by which normal cells turn malignant in mammary epithelial tissues, the tissues frequently involved in breast cancer. [More]
Novel microscopy technology helps detect protein that plays key role in prostate cancer

Novel microscopy technology helps detect protein that plays key role in prostate cancer

Assemblies of proteins, known as protein complexes, have important functions in cells; protein complexes embedded in the cell membrane, for example, are responsible for the exchange with the extracellular environment. [More]
Study of human embryonic stems cells identifies bottlenecks restricting formation of colonies

Study of human embryonic stems cells identifies bottlenecks restricting formation of colonies

A time-lapse study of human embryonic stems cells has identified bottlenecks restricting the formation of colonies, a discovery that could lead to improvement in their use in regenerative medicine. [More]
Excessive abuse of alcohol causes structural damage at molecular level to the brain

Excessive abuse of alcohol causes structural damage at molecular level to the brain

Joint research between the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the University of Nottingham has identified, for the first time, the structural damage caused at a molecular level to the brain by the chronic excessive abuse of alcohol. [More]
Leica Application Suite Advanced Fluorescence 4.0 now launched for advanced life science research

Leica Application Suite Advanced Fluorescence 4.0 now launched for advanced life science research

Leica Microsystems has launched the Leica Application Suite Advanced Fluorescence (LAS AF), the software platform for advanced life science research in widefield and confocal microscopy, in its 4.0 version. [More]
Researchers study structural aspects of DNA-particle/lipid interface directly using x-ray scattering

Researchers study structural aspects of DNA-particle/lipid interface directly using x-ray scattering

Scientists seeking ways to engineer the assembly of tiny particles measuring just billionths of a meter have achieved a new first-the formation of a single layer of nanoparticles on a liquid surface where the properties of the layer can be easily switched. [More]