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Researchers Eavesdrop on Cellular Conversations
News   Feb 22, 2021

An interdisciplinary team of biologists and mathematicians has developed a new tool to help decipher the language cells use to communicate with one another.

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AI Could Confuse Chess Chat for Racist Rants
News   Feb 19, 2021

Social media talk about game-piece colors could lead to misunderstandings, at least for hate-speech detection software.

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Disease-Sniffing Detector Rivals a Dog's Nose
News   Feb 18, 2021

Trained dogs can detect cancer and other diseases by smell. A miniaturized detector can analyze trace molecules to mimic the process.

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Scientists Extract and Sequence Million-Year-Old Mammoth DNA
News   Feb 17, 2021

A team of 22 researchers from nine countries – led by the Centre for Palaeogenetics (CPG) – has sequenced ancient DNA from the remains of three different mammoth species excavated in the Siberian permafrost. This is the oldest DNA to have been sequenced in the history of science. The study findings are published in the journal Nature.

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Discovering Tiny Antibody Fragments With Big Potential for Therapeutic Development
News   Feb 16, 2021

A team has developed an unusually fast and efficient method for discovering tiny antibody fragments with big potential for development into therapeutics against diseases.

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Memory Researchers Generate the Mental "Shape" of an Episode of Sherlock
News   Feb 12, 2021

Your brain is constantly evaluating which aspects of your experiences to either remember for later, ignore, or forget. Dartmouth researchers have developed a new approach for studying these aspects of memory, by creating a computer program that turns sequences of events from a video into unique geometric shapes.

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This App Only Needs Three Months To Change Your Personality
News   Feb 12, 2021

Can our personality be changed in the short term? Researchers investigated this question using a digital intervention. In their study, around 1,500 participants were provided with a specially developed smartphone app for three months and the researchers then assessed whether and how their personalities had changed.

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How Partisan Politics Leads to Echo Chambers on Social Media
News   Feb 12, 2021

It is no secret that U.S. politics is polarized. An experiment conducted by MIT researchers now shows just how deeply political partisanship directly influences people's behavior within online social networks.

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Using Machine Learning To Create Better Gene Therapies
News   Feb 12, 2021

Machine learning study initiated at the Wyss Institute in collaboration with Google Research enables unprecedented AAV capsid diversification with potential for improving gene therapies.

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Molecular Blueprint of Receptor Could Help To Design New Drugs for Epilepsy
News   Feb 11, 2021

For a drug to be effective at the right places in the body, it can help if it can be predicted accurately how the molecules of that drug will interact with human cells. For the first time, a blueprint of the neuropeptide Y receptor Y2 with one of its ligands is available, enabling the development of tailor-made drugs, for example, to treat epilepsy or cardiovascular diseases.

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