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A Holistic Way of Looking at the Brain's Cellular "Family Tree"
News   Nov 13, 2020

A new lens on visual neurons is laying the groundwork for a more complete "family tree" of the mammalian brain. A study has revealed a new categorization of mouse neurons that relies on multiple types of data drawn from each individual cell.

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Scientists Use Light To Deliver CRISPR Gene Therapy
News   Nov 13, 2020

Light-activated liposomes could help to deliver CRISPR gene therapy – and the method could prove safer and more direct than current methods.

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Connection Made Between Household Chemicals and Gut Microbiome
News   Nov 13, 2020

A team of researchers has found a correlation between the levels of bacteria and fungi in the gastrointestinal tract of children and the amount of common chemicals found in their home environment.

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What the D614G Mutation Means for SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines
News   Nov 13, 2020

A new study published in Science confirms that SARS-CoV-2 has mutated in a way that’s enabled it to spread quickly around the world, but the spike mutation may also make the virus more susceptible to a vaccine.

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Predicting the Risk of Severe Side Effects of Chemotherapy
News   Nov 13, 2020

The risk of serious adverse effects on the blood status and bone marrow of patients during chemotherapy can be calculated using a new prediction model. This research may make it possible to use genetic analysis to identify cancer patients with a high probability of side effects.

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First Animal-to-Human Transmission of Deadly Hantavirus Identified in Germany
News   Nov 13, 2020

Researchers have confirmed Germany’s first-ever case of animal-to-human transmission involving the "Seoul virus", a hantavirus mainly found in Asia and transmitted exclusively by rats, known to cause severe disease. They confirmed the virus in a young female patient and her pet rat. The findings may influence the way in which we deal with both wild and domesticated rats.

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Zoonomia Project Reveals Species at Risk of Extinction
News   Nov 12, 2020

An international team of researchers with an effort called the Zoonomia Project has analyzed and compared the whole genomes of more than 80 percent of all mammalian families, spanning almost 110 million years of evolution.

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DNA Repair Supports Brain Cognitive Development
News   Nov 12, 2020

Researchers led by Noriyuki Sugo at Osaka University in Japan have been studying natural DNA repairmen in the developing brain. In a new study, they show that an enzyme known as Polβ prevents breaks in the DNA of specific neurons in the brain’s hippocampus soon after birth.

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A Platform for Making 3-D Nanosuperconductors With DNA
News   Nov 12, 2020

Scientists have developed a platform for making 3-D superconducting nano-architectures with a prescribed organization.

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12,000 New Species of Microbes Discovered Whilst Cataloguing Earth's Microbiomes
News   Nov 12, 2020

Identifying and characterizing the planet’s microbial diversity is key to understanding their roles in regulating nutrient cycles, and gaining insights into potential applications they may have. In the process of doing so, scientists identified 12,556 new species of bacteria and archaea, many of which could not be identified using older sequencing technologies.

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