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What Next After GWAS?
News   May 22, 2019

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) look at large populations to find genes that contribute to common, multi-gene traits like height or obesity. These comprehensive studies frequently turn up large numbers of tiny genetic variations that occur more often in people who are tall, obese, etc. So which genes should scientists investigate further?

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Traffic Pollution Linked to Childhood Anxiety
News   May 22, 2019

Exposure to air pollution is a well-established global health problem. Emerging evidence now suggests that air pollution may also impact the metabolic and neurological development of children.

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Molecular Escorts Keep Cancer in Check
News   May 22, 2019

A new study by Technical University of Munich (TUM) researchers uncovers the role of special proteins, known as chaperones, in the regulation of cellular machinery in cancer cells.

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Bonus Discovery Could Help Environmental Cleanup
News   May 22, 2019

In solving a scientific mystery, researchers also discovered a new avenue for clearing toxins from water, including wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing.

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Lower Asthma Incidence for L.A. Kids Linked to Decreasing Air Pollutants
News   May 22, 2019

Decreases in air pollutants (ambient nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter less than 2.5 μm) in L.A. are associated with lower asthma incidence in childhood asthma.

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Uncovering Our "Inner Pickpocket"
News   May 22, 2019

Researchers have identified how the human brain is able to determine the properties of a particular object from cluttered scenes by touch or sight alone: a result which suggests there is an 'inner pickpocket' in all of us.

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New Opioid Accelerates Recovery Time From Pain Compared to Morphine, Preclinical Study Shows
News   May 22, 2019

A new type of opioid doesn’t have the side effects (such as increased pain sensitivity or and increased risk of chronic pain) associated with morphine and other opioid-based painkillers, and accelerates recovery time from pain compared to morphine, according to a new preclinical study.

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World's First Contactless Underwater Ultrasound Scanner Aids Conservation Efforts
News   May 22, 2019

A team of researchers has successfully scanned a pregnant wild reef manta ray underwater to obtain clear ultrasound images of her foetus, using the world’s first contactless underwater ultrasound scanner.

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World’s Smartest Computer Creates Model of Complex Protein Machinery
News   May 22, 2019

A team of researchers used the 200-petaflop IBM AC922 Summit system, the world's smartest and most powerful supercomputer, to develop an integrative model of the transcription preinitiation complex (PIC), a complex of proteins vital to gene expression.

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Brain Regions Governing the Complex Relationship Between Mood and Pain
News   May 22, 2019

Brain regions governing both executive functioning and sensory input are involved in moderating the relationship between dysphoric mood and pain. The findings, derived from an exploratory analysis of fMRI, may explain why the ability to govern the ruminative thought process can be harder in depressed persons.

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