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Breast Cancer Protein May Predict Sensitivity to Chemotherapy

Alterations in the ratio of p53 isoforms could provide a biomarker to indicate whether breast cancer will respond to DNA-damaging therapies.
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RNA-Targeting Strategy for Treating Genetic Causes of Dementia

A small molecule has been designed that can pass through the blood–brain barrier and bind to disease-causing RNA, which causes it to be degraded. Researchers propose it could be used to treat ALS and genetic causes of dementia.
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Quick-Closing Valve Allows Fish To Regulate the Water in Cells

A unique, quick-closing valve in an aquaporin – a water-regulating channel protein – has been identified in a species of fish, enabling it to rapidly adapt to new environments.
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Study Shows How Liver Cancer Cells Go Astray

New research from the University of Basel has unpicked the metabolic changes that convert a healthy liver cell to a tumor cell, identifying a cancer "signature" that could be used as a biomarker.
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Honey Improves Key Measures of Cardiometabolic Health

A review of clinical trials on honey has revealed that it lowered fasting blood glucose, "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, improving cardiometabolic health.
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Genetic Links Between Traits Often Overstated?

Many estimates of how strongly traits and diseases share genetic signals may be inflated, according to a new UCLA-led study that indicates current methods for assessing genetic relationships between traits fail to account for mating patterns.
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Genotype Affects Metabolism of Essential Fatty Acids

Genetic background has an effect on the metabolism of the essential polyunsaturated fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland shows.
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FDA Gives “Green Light” to Cultivated Meat Product for the First Time

On November 16, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its first pre-market consultation for a human food made from cultured animal cells was complete. The consultation was with the California-based company UPSIDE Foods, which describes itself as the world’s first cultivated meat company, founded in 2015.
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Mitochondria Have a Waste Disposal Mechanism To Get Rid of Mutated mtDNA

Scientists at the University of Cologne have discovered how cells can eliminate mutated mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).
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Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes in the Gut Make C. difficile More Infectious

Researchers have revealed that the antibiotic-resistant pathogen Enterococcus works together with to reshape the metabolic environment in the gut and enable to thrive.