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Protein That Protects Some Hosts From Lyme Disease Identified
News   Nov 12, 2020

Yale researchers have discovered a protein that helps protect hosts from infection with the tick-borne spirochete that causes Lyme Disease.

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Diet-Induced Hepatocyte Regeneration Enhances CRISPR-Mediated Gene Repair
News   Nov 11, 2020

Use of thyroid hormone to boost hepatocyte proliferation enhanced the efficiency of CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene correction in the mouse liver. This may be a strategy to enhance gene repair within the liver, according to a new study.

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New "Hidden" Gene in SARS-CoV-2
News   Nov 11, 2020

Researchers have discovered a new “hidden” gene in SARS-CoV-2 that may have contributed to its unique biology and pandemic potential.

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CRISPR Study Identifies Two Genes That Regulate Social Dominance
News   Nov 11, 2020

Scientists have discovered that two paralogous androgen receptor genes control social status in African cichlid fish. The finding may have applications to other species.

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Enzyme That Suppresses the Immune Response to Viral Infections Identified
News   Nov 11, 2020

Scientists have discovered how an enzyme that regulates several cellular processes might be a key target to preventing viruses from disarming the human immune response.

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2 Million-Year-Old Skull From Our Ancient Cousins Found
News   Nov 11, 2020

Following the excavation, reconstruction and analysis of the rare, male fossil in South Africa, Paranthropus robustus was identified as a large-toothed, small-brained hominin that co-existed with our early direct human ancestors as a "cousin species". Researchers argue that this provides the first high resolution evidence for microevolution within an early hominin species.

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Rapid Test Can ID Unknown Causes of Infections Throughout the Body
News   Nov 11, 2020

UCSF scientists have developed a single clinical laboratory test capable of zeroing in on the microbial miscreant afflicting patients hospitalized with serious infections in as little as six hours -- irrespective of what body fluid is sampled, the type or species of infectious agent, or whether physicians start out with any clue as to what the culprit may be.

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Scientists Make Progress in Understanding Immunological Aging
News   Nov 10, 2020

A genetic disposition that plays a role in the development of the heart in the embryo also appears to play a key role in the human immune system is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn.

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Vitamin D, Genetics and Preeclampsia
News   Nov 10, 2020

A team of researchers found that the expression of a set of genes previously studied in the setting of early-onset and severe preeclampsia is significantly affected by vitamin D status during late-stage pregnancy.

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Protein Involved In Formation and Maintenance of Bacterial Shield Discovered
News   Nov 10, 2020

Scientists reviewed studies of three essential membrane proteins that monitor not only LPS biosynthesis inside the cell, but also transport to, and proper assembly at the cell surface.

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