Decoding Touch to Understand AutismNews
The inability to tolerate light touch is a telltale feature of autism and one of the disorder’s many perplexing symptoms. Now, a new study led has not only identified the molecular aberrations that give rise to heightened touch sensitivity in autism spectrum disorders but also points to a possible treatment for the condition.Read more
Prescription Omega-3 Fatty Acid Meds Lower High Triglycerides by 20–30%News
Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medication reduces triglyceride levels by 20-30% among the majority of people who require treatment for high triglyceride levels, according to a science advisory from the American Heart Association.Read more
Optical Neural Networks Close the Gap on Their Electronic CounterpartsNews
A new paper demonstrates distinct improvements to the inference and generalization performance of diffractive optical neural networks. Ultimately these improvements may provide major advantages for autonomous vehicles, robotics and various defense-related applications, among others.
Genetic Analysis Gives Insight Into Huntington's OnsetNews
Researchers from the Genetic Modifiers of Huntington’s Disease Consortium have analysed information on more than 9,000 individuals with the disease and found new information about the biological processes underpinning the disease's onset.
A Cell Atlas of the Mouse Brain: A Step Towards Brain Simulation?Article
The Swiss EPFL’s Blue Brain Project is a vast effort with the goal of digitally reconstructing and simulating the mouse brain and ultimately, the human brain. The recent publication of a Cell Atlas of the mouse brain sounds exciting, but what can the Atlas tell us, and can it bring us closer to a simulated brain?Read more
Therapeutic Gene Editing for Sickle Cell DiseaseArticle
Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the US, affecting > 70,000 Americans. Christopher Vakulskas, Senior Staff Scientist, Integrated DNA Technologies discusses efforts to develop a sickle cell disease therapy using CRISPR gene editing.Read more
Why Science Can’t Afford Mistakes When It Comes to Cell Line AuthenticityArticle
Having strains and cell lines that have been checked and confirmed to be what it says on the tube is invaluable to scientific validity and integrity, saving untold time and money. We spoke to Mindy Goldsborough, Ph.D., Chief Science and Technology Officer, VP and General Manager, ATCC Cell Systems about the importance and challenges of maintaining authenticated cell lines for scientific research.Read more