Source: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science Summary: According to a new animal model study, when a baby is taken from its mother for even a brief period early in life, this traumatic event significantly alters the future, adult function of the brain. Rat and human brains have similar
Source: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Summary: Researchers shed light on how the human brain rapidly forms new memories, providing insights into potential new treatments for memory disorders. Dopamine neurons degrade in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, which in addition to motor symptoms is often also accompanied by cognitive issues such as memory problems.
Source: The Francis Crick Institute Summary: According to a new study, the researchers found that the breast cancer drug lapatinib which is designed to shrink tumours can sometimes cause them to grow in the lab. Around 20% of breast cancers are caused by a massive excess of a protein called HER2 (human
Source: University of Texas at Dallas Summary: Researchers suggests that subjective complaints about poor memory performance, especially in people over 60, could be a useful early marker for the onset of mild cognitive decline, which sometimes foreshadows Alzheimer’s disease. Subjective memory is a person’s unscientific self-evaluation of how good his or her
Source: University of Birmingham Summary: Researchers have developed a contact lens that may help people with colour blindness simply by using a low-cost dye. Colour blindness or colour vision deficiency (CVD) is an inherited genetic ocular disorder where some people have difficulty distinguishing certain colours. While no cure for this disorder exists,
Source: Harvard Medical School Summary: Researchers reported that bits of a neuron’s activity record can be reconstructed by analyzing its gene expression pattern the particular genes that are active in the cell. From burning your palm on a hot pan handle to memorizing the name of a new acquaintance, anytime you experience something, your
Source: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Summary: Researchers report a new tool that engineers the CRISPR-based diagnostic SHERLOCK for rapid outbreak response. Rapid and sensitive tools are critical for diagnosing, surveilling, and characterizing an infection. Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard reported a new tool that engineers the
Source: Washington University of St. Louis Summary: A team of researchers is developing a way that allows them to detect tumor biomarkers through a simple blood test. Taking a biopsy of a brain tumor is a complicated and invasive surgical process. Blood-based liquid biopsies have been used in other cancers, but not in
Source: University of Georgia Summary: Satellite cells have two states: they either “lurk” or start to turn into muscle. Now, researchers have found a technology that can control the switch between these two states of satellite cells. Muscle aches and pains, whether from stretching, strenuous exercise or just normal wear and tear,
Source: University of Copenhagen Summary: According to a study, It only takes 24 hours for a so-called precursor fat cell to reprogram its epigenetic recipe for developing into a fat cell. This change occurs when the cell is put into contact with the fatty acid palmitate or the hormone TNF-alpha.