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Cancer-killing Virus Gives Immunotherapy a Helping Hand Tackling Hard-to-treat Cancer
News   Jun 17, 2019

Combining a cancer-killing virus with immunotherapy could effectively treat advanced cancers that affect the limbs, a new study reveals.

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Move Over PCR and Make Way for L-Team
News   Jun 17, 2019

Scientists have developed a way of amplifying DNA on a scale suitable for use in the emerging fields of DNA-based computing and molecular robotics. Their method could improve disease diagnostics and accelerate the development of biosensors, for example, for food and environmental applications.

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Tiny Protein Could Play Huge Role in Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
News   Jun 17, 2019

A new multi-institution study suggests a tiny protein could play a major role in combating heart failure related to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common lethal genetic disorder among children.

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Characterizing a Strawberry's Immune Strategy
News   Jun 17, 2019

Researchers have classified a family of genes responsible for partial control of strawberry defense mechanisms against the attack of common pathogens in crop fields.

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An Evolutionary Plot Twist
News   Jun 17, 2019

A widely held hypothesis for the origin of animals has been put to the test, through a comparison of studies on the transcriptomics, fates and behaviors of three primary sponge cell types.

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Pre-Conception Risk Evaluation for Recurrence of Developmental Disorder in Future Pregnancies
News   Jun 17, 2019

Researchers present the PREGCARE study, which aims to provide healthy couples who have a child affected by a developmental disorder with a personalised pre-conception risk evaluation, at the European Society of Human Genetics annual conference.

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Mutation Discovery Could Help Treat Children With Developmental Disorders
News   Jun 17, 2019

Analysis of 31,000 parent-child trios yielded more than 45,000 de novo mutations (DNMs). Researchers developed an improved method to test for the enrichment (over-representation) of damaging DNMs in individual genes and found 307 significantly enriched genes, 49 of which are novel.

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Half of Ebola Outbreaks Go Undetected
News   Jun 17, 2019

The number of undetected Ebola outbreaks has been estimated, in a study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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Earliest Clear Evidence of Cannabis Use
News   Jun 17, 2019

A chemical residue study of incense burners from ancient burials has revealed psychoactive cannabinoids, the earliest clear evidence for the use of cannabis for its psychoactive compounds, and the awareness of higher THC-producing varieties of the plant.

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Discovery Could Help Treat People With Cardiovascular Disease
News   Jun 17, 2019

Researchers have found a link between a peptide called apelin and a reduction of abdominal aortic aneurysms that was shown to dramatically reduce mortality in mice. They are using this knowledge to develop a new medical therapy to treat cardiovascular disease.

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