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Health News - Biology/Biochemistry

New type of cell movement discovered
For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional... (Medical News Today)

Research reveals mechanism behind cell protein remodeling within a family of cancers
The remodeling of a kitchen or bathroom changes the appearance of the room and improves its functionality. (Medical News Today)

Artificial virus improves delivery of new generations of pharmaceuticals
Researchers from Wageningen UR, together with colleagues from the University of Leiden, Eindhoven University of Technology and Radboud University Nijmegen, have successfully developed an artificial... (Medical News Today)

Stem cell breakthrough for 'Cinderella cells'
A special kind of cell that has the power to turn into spinal cord, muscle and bone cells has been produced in the lab for the first time using stem cells. (Medical News Today)

Neanderthals and modern humans co-existed for thousands of years
A new study finds evidence that Neanderthals lived in Europe at the same time as modern humans for up to 5,400 years and suggests they died out gradually and not all at once. (Medical News Today)

Scientists grow fully functional thymus in mice from scratch
For the first time, scientists have grown a fully functioning immune organ in mice from cells created outside the body. They say their findings could advance lab-grown organs. (Medical News Today)

MRC publishes a review of the UK molecular pathology landscape
The Medical Research Council (MRC) has published a review of the UK's capabilities in molecular pathology - the discipline that uses analysis of the molecules within tissue and body fluids to aid... (Medical News Today)

One of the biggest challenges for single-cell research is picking out only one cell from a collection of millions - problem solved
Scientists at the Houston Methodist Research Institute have figured out how to pick up and transfer single cells using a pipette - a common laboratory tool that's been tweaked slightly. (Medical News Today)

Treating pain by blocking the 'chili-pepper receptor'
Biting into a chili pepper causes a burning spiciness that is irresistible to some, but intolerable to others. (Medical News Today)

Slippery material for lubricating joints inspired by nature
A natural molecule found in the fluid surrounding healthy joints provides the inspiration for scientists developing slippery materials for artificial joints and moving surfaces. (Medical News Today)

Scripps research institute chemists uncover powerful new click chemistry reactivity
Chemists led by Nobel laureate K. Barry Sharpless at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have used his click chemistry to uncover unprecedented, powerful reactivity for making new drugs... (Medical News Today)

Parasitic worms sniff out their victims as "cruisers" or "ambushers"
It has been speculated that soil-dwelling parasitic worms use their sense of smell to find suitable hosts for infection. (Medical News Today)

Scientists build first functional 3D brain tissue model
Using a silk protein and a collagen-based gel, scientists form Tufts University have created a 3D tissue model that can simulate brain functions. (Medical News Today)

"Dimmer switch" drug idea could tackle schizophrenia
Discovery of a new mechanism of drug action could lead to the next generation of drugs to treat schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Cell signaling pathway linked to obesity and Type 2 diabetes
A Purdue University study shows that Notch signaling, a key biological pathway tied to development and cell communication, also plays an important role in the onset of obesity and Type 2 diabetes... (Medical News Today)

Probes that repair genes inspired by butterfly proboscis
New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson... (Medical News Today)

The speed of a signal seals the fate of an embryonic cell
When embryonic cells get the signal to specialize the call can come quickly. Or it can arrive slowly. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reproduce evolutionary changes by manipulating embryonic development of mice
A group of researchers from the University of Helsinki and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have been able experimentally to reproduce in mice morphological changes which have taken millions... (Medical News Today)

New insights into why adolescents carry meningitis-causing bacteria
University of York scientists have shed new light on why teenagers and young adults are particularly susceptible to meningitis and septicaemia. (Medical News Today)

Self-assembling anti-cancer molecules created in minutes, like a self-assembling 'Lego Death Star'
Researchers have developed a simple and versatile method for making artificial anti-cancer molecules that mimic the properties of one of the body's natural defence systems. (Medical News Today)

Softening of human features 'coincided with technological breakthrough'
Humans developed softer, more feminine skull shapes around the time of a tool-making breakthrough 50,000 years ago, suggesting that lowered testosterone may have played a part. (Medical News Today)

Chemists create nanofibers using unprecedented new method
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a novel method for creating self-assembled protein/polymer nanostructures that are reminiscent of fibers found in living cells. (Medical News Today)

Wound closure involves cooperative compression
The process by which wounds are repaired is more complex than was previously thought, reports a paper published online this week in Nature Physics. (Medical News Today)

Biomedical discoveries accelerated by see-through organs and bodies
The ability to see through organs and even the entire body to visualize long-range connections between cells as well as fine-grained cellular structures has been a long-time dream of biologists. (Medical News Today)

Advances in maritime anti-fouling and biomedicine provided by barnacle cyprid adhesives
A team of biologists, led by Clemson University associate professor Andrew S. (Medical News Today)

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