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Homemade Microscope Reveals How Viruses Cling to Our DNA
Homemade Microscope Reveals How Viruses Cling to Our DNA
News   Apr 20, 2018

Using a homemade, high-tech microscope, scientists at the School of Medicine have revealed how a cancer-causing virus anchors itself to our DNA. That discovery could pave the way for doctors to cure incurable diseases by flushing out viruses, including HPV and Epstein-Barr, that now permanently embed themselves in our cells.

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Protein Target Identified That Could Prevent Strokes
Protein Target Identified That Could Prevent Strokes
News   Apr 20, 2018

Scientists have identified a protein, called GPR68, that senses blood flow and tells small blood vessels called arterioles when to dilate. The researchers believe medications that activate GPR68 could one day be useful to treat medical conditions, including ischemic stroke.

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Stable Beta-Amyloid Dimers Identified in Alzheimer’s Brains
Stable Beta-Amyloid Dimers Identified in Alzheimer’s Brains
News   Apr 20, 2018

A recent study exploited state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to provide the first direct evidence of beta-amyloid dimers in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and points to the potential of these molecules as biomarkers. Beta-amyloid dimers may be the smallest pathological species that trigger Alzheimer’s disease.

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Rapid Removal of Arsenic From Drinking Water...By Moss!
Rapid Removal of Arsenic From Drinking Water...By Moss!
News   Apr 20, 2018

A moss capable of removing arsenic from contaminated water has been discovered by researchers. And it happens quickly – in just one hour, the arsenic level is so low that the water is no longer harmful for people to drink.

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A New Listeria Species From Costa Rica
A New Listeria Species From Costa Rica
News   Apr 20, 2018

Listeria costaricensis is the official name given to the new bacterial species, discovered in an industrial drainage area in the Costa Rican province of Alajuela.

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Of Mice and Disease: House Mice Carry Bacteria Responsible for Food Poisoning
Of Mice and Disease: House Mice Carry Bacteria Responsible for Food Poisoning
News   Apr 18, 2018

A Study of mice from apartment buildings showed that many carry bacteria responsible for mild to life-threatening gastroenteritis in people, and some of these bacteria may be resistant to antibiotics.

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Mechanism That Enables Avian Flu Viruses to Infect Humans Discovered
Mechanism That Enables Avian Flu Viruses to Infect Humans Discovered
News   Apr 18, 2018

A team of investigators has found a new mechanism that is critical to the ability of certain avian influenza A viruses to infect humans. The mechanism overcomes a defense that normally protects human cells from infection by avian influenza.

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Understanding Inflammation From the Inside Out
Understanding Inflammation From the Inside Out
News   Apr 18, 2018

Researchers have developed a method that enables them to genetically modify immune cells, multiply them and visualize them in living organisms. The technique will better evaluate and study the the inflammatory process.

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Reversing an Unstoppable Cancer Cascade with Proteomics
Reversing an Unstoppable Cancer Cascade with Proteomics
News   Apr 18, 2018

Mutations in genes that produce RAS proteins turn a normally benign process, essential for cellular growth, into a cancer stimulant that is currently undruggable. Now, cutting-edge protein analysis may help treat cancers caused by these mutations.

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Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria
News   Apr 17, 2018

Many strains of bacteria have become resistant to existing antibiotics, and very few new drugs have been added to the antibiotic arsenal .Researchers have now developed a promising streamlined approach to developing such drugs using a computer algorithm that mimics the natural process of evolution.

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