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Exercise Promotes Spinal Cord Healing in Rodents via Epigenetic Mechanism
News   Apr 11, 2019

Providing rodents with more space, an exercise wheel, toys and company before an injury helped to ‘prime’ their cells, making it more likely their damaged nerves would regenerate following spinal injury.

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Researchers Discover Thousands of Genes Essential for Cancer’s Survival
News   Apr 11, 2019

Researchers have discovered thousands of genes essential for cancer’s survival and ranked which ones show the most promise as drug targets for developing new treatments.

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Gut Microbiome May Be Influenced by Sexual Behavior
News   Apr 11, 2019

A person’s sexual behavior could affect their microbiome and immune system, potentially elevating their risk of HIV infection.

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Key Gene in the Transmission of Deadly African Sleeping Sickness
News   Apr 11, 2019

Scientists have identified a key gene in the transmission of African sleeping sickness — a severe disease transmitted by the bite of infected tsetse flies, which are common in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Cells’ Sewing Kits at the Ready in Refined CRISPR Approach
News   Apr 11, 2019

Researchers have developed a strategy for editing and repairing a particular type of genetic mutation associated with microduplications using CRISPR/Cas9 and a seldom-used DNA repair pathway. This approach to programmable gene editing overcomes prior inefficiencies in gene correction.

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What Evolutionary Secrets Can Long-lived Bats Tell Us?
News   Apr 11, 2019

Researchers analyzed an evolutionary tree reconstructed from the DNA of a majority of known bat species and found four bat lineages that exhibit extreme longevity. They also identified, for the first time, two life history features that predict extended life spans in bats.

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Cellular Drivers of Painful Childhood Food Allergy Characterized
News   Apr 10, 2019

An eight-year hunt for the cells that drive an extreme childhood food allergy (eosinophilic esophagitis, EoE) has identified a potential new way to treat the disease while also raising questions about a dietary supplement often taken to reduce bowel inflammation.

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Mapping Tumor Immune Cell Populations Points to Immunotherapy Targets
News   Apr 10, 2019

Tumors are a complex mixture of many different cell types, including immune cells known collectively as tumor-infiltrating myeloid cells. These cells represent alternative targets for immunotherapy, but their role in tumors is still poorly understood. To shed light on this under-examined family of immune cells, researchers used single-cell sequencing to map the landscape of myeloid cells in tumors from patients with lung cancer.

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Famous p53 Gene Also Protects Against Birth Defects
News   Apr 10, 2019

New research has revealed how the famous tumour suppressor gene p53 is surprisingly critical for development of the neural tube in female embryos.

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Blood Test for Endometriosis Detects up to 9 in 10 Cases
News   Apr 10, 2019

A pioneering blood test that can detect up to 90% of cases of endometriosis looks for tiny DNA fragments in the blood, and could spare women needing to undergo keyhole surgery to diagnose the condition.

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