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New Blood and Urine Tests Indicate Autism in Children
New Blood and Urine Tests Indicate Autism in Children
News   Feb 19, 2018

New tests, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick, could lead to earlier diagnosis of the condition.

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Molecular Atlas Maps Out the Blood Brain Barrier
Molecular Atlas Maps Out the Blood Brain Barrier
News   Feb 19, 2018

The genes and structure of the diverse web of cells that supplies blood to the brain have been mapped in unprecedented detail.

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Mutant Bacteria Show How Changes in Membrane Proteins Affect Cell Functions
Mutant Bacteria Show How Changes in Membrane Proteins Affect Cell Functions
News   Feb 19, 2018

Phospholipids are water insoluble "building blocks" that define the membrane barrier surrounding cells and provide the structural scaffold and environment where membrane proteins reside. Researchers constructed mutants in bacteria and yeast in which the composition of these "building blocks" could be varied and studied how it adversely affected cellular functions.

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New Technology Enables Identification of Biomarkers for a Wide Range of Diseases
New Technology Enables Identification of Biomarkers for a Wide Range of Diseases
News   Feb 13, 2018

Scientists have developed a way to identify biomarkers for a wide range of diseases by assessing the antibodies we are making to the complex sugars coating our cells.

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Molecular Traits Shared Between Autism, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
Molecular Traits Shared Between Autism, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
News   Feb 12, 2018

Molecular pathology showed significant overlap between distinct disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, but also specificity, with major depression showing molecular changes not seen in the other disorders.

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Drug Testing of Athletes Just Got Easier
Drug Testing of Athletes Just Got Easier
News   Feb 12, 2018

It will now be easier, faster and cheaper to catch athletes who take performance-enhancing drugs. A new way of testing blood and urine cuts down the time required to analyze samples from 30 minutes to 55 seconds.

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Biosensor Improves Gluten Detection
Biosensor Improves Gluten Detection
News   Feb 12, 2018

Current tests for gluten are not finding all of the substance in foods, resulting in some products being labeled “gluten free” when they really aren’t. Now researchers say they have developed a fast gluten detector that has the potential to detect and quantify different sources of gluten than those on the market today.

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Plant Branching Chemical That Could Improve Crop Production
Plant Branching Chemical That Could Improve Crop Production
News   Feb 12, 2018

Researchers have used a range of analytical techniques to reveal a chemical that can reverse the limitation to the number of branches that plants make. These findings could lead to improved crop production.

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How Viruses Disarm the Immune System
How Viruses Disarm the Immune System
News   Feb 09, 2018

How do viruses that cause chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis C virus, manage to outsmart their hosts’ immune systems? The answer to that question has long eluded scientists, but new research has uncovered a molecular mechanism that may be a key piece of the puzzle. The discovery could provide new targets for treating a wide range of diseases.

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Ants As A Source of Novel Antibiotics?
Ants As A Source of Novel Antibiotics?
News   Feb 07, 2018

Ants, like humans, deal with disease. To deal with the bacteria that cause some of these diseases, some ants produce their own antibiotics. These findings suggest that ants could be a future source of new antibiotics to help fight human diseases.

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