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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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New Algorithm Can Automate ECG Recording
News   Feb 10, 2021

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is an examination that records the electrical activity of the heart during the cardiac cycle. New advances have shown ways to automate the recording of ECGs.

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Good News for Coffee Lovers' Hearts
News   Feb 10, 2021

Dietary information from three large, well-known heart disease studies suggests drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee may reduce heart failure risk.

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50% of Global Wastewater Treated But Developing Countries Lag Behind
News   Feb 09, 2021

A new study concludes that about half of global wastewater is treated, rather than the previous estimate of 20%. Despite this promising finding, the authors warn that treatment rates in developing countries are still very low.

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