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Health News - Biology/Biochemistry

Presence of enzyme may worsen effects of spinal cord injury and impair long-term recovery
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition with few treatment options. (Medical News Today)

New research may prove relevant to treating disorders characterized by misfolded proteins - PD, CVD, and cystic fibrosis
Patients with Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular disease, and cystic fibrosis may have something in common: cells in their disease-affected tissues may produce misfolded proteins that are... (Medical News Today)

Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?
Choosing between two good things can be tough. When animals must decide between feeding and mating, it can get even trickier. (Medical News Today)

New Univeristy of Virginia study upends current theories of how mitochondria began
Parasitic bacteria were the first cousins of the mitochondria that power cells in animals and plants - and first acted as energy parasites in those cells before becoming beneficial, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Scientists create fully functional 'organoids' of human intestines
Researchers have successfully grown fully functional intestinal 'organoids' and transplanted them into mice, paving the way for personalized treatments for digestive disorders. (Medical News Today)

Novel mechanism affecting cell migration discovered
Cell migration is important for development and physiology of multicellular organisms. (Medical News Today)

Prehistoric crocodiles' evolution mirrored in living species
Crocodiles which roamed the world's seas millions of years ago developed in similar ways to their modern-day relatives, a study has shown. (Medical News Today)

Zoos exonerated in baby elephant deaths; Data support new branch of herpesvirus family
Elephants are among the most intelligent non-humans, arguably on par with chimps, but both African and Asian elephants - separate species - are endangered. (Medical News Today)

Protein found in insect blood that helps power pests' immune responses
Pest insects may be sickened to learn to that researchers at Kansas State University have discovered a genetic mechanism that helps compromise their immune system. (Medical News Today)

Dolphin 'breathalyzer' could help diagnose animal and ocean health
Alcohol consumption isn't the only thing a breath analysis can reveal. Scientists have been studying its possible use for diagnosing a wide range of conditions in humans - and now in the beloved... (Medical News Today)

Researchers reach 'paradigm shift' in understanding potassium channels
A new discovery relating to one of the most common processes in human cells is being described as a `paradigm shift' in understanding. (Medical News Today)

Researchers redefine hypothesis on holes in the brain
Over the years, researchers have described how some of the body's cells have giant channels - a kind of holes that completely uncritically allow both small and large molecules to penetrate into and... (Medical News Today)

Microrobots armed with new force-sensing system to probe cells
Inexpensive microrobots capable of probing and manipulating individual cells and tissue for biological research and medical applications are closer to reality with the design of a system that... (Medical News Today)

Greater rates of mitochondrial mutations discovered in children born to older mothers
The discovery of a "maternal age effect" by a team of Penn State scientists that could be used to predict the accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations in maternal egg cells - and the... (Medical News Today)

Versatile antibiotic found with self-immunity gene on plasmid in staph strain
A robust, broad spectrum antibiotic, and a gene that confers immunity to that antibiotic are both found in the bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis Strain 115. (Medical News Today)

Sonic Hedgehog protein causes DNA damage and the development child brain tumors
Scientists at the IRCM and the University of Montreal discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumour found in children. (Medical News Today)

Could a chemical in broccoli, sprouts help treat autism?
A new study finds that a chemical found in broccoli and other vegetables - sulforaphane - could help improve some behavioral symptoms in people with autism. (Medical News Today)

Protein instability suggested as cause of ALS
Researchers investigating possible causes for ALS have found that protein instability correlates with more severe forms of the disease. (Medical News Today)

Study into the effectiveness of eyewitness identification procedures could change the way US law enforcement gathers evidence
Inaccurate identification can lead to the prosecution of the innocent while the guilty go free, according to a team of experts studying the accuracy of eyewitness reports. (Medical News Today)

Obesity linked to accelerated liver aging
A new study claims that obesity speeds up aging of the liver, potentially explaining why some obese individuals experience early onset age-related diseases, such as liver cancer. (Medical News Today)

Chemists uncover new role of a key base in organic synthesis
An international team of chemists has discovered a new piece to the puzzle of how a powerful base used in organic synthesis, cesium carbonate, plays a pivotal role during a catalytic reaction. (Medical News Today)

Researchers unfold new details about a powerful protein
Using X-rays and neutron beams, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, University of Utah and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have teased out new... (Medical News Today)

Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle
A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been... (Medical News Today)

Could loss of a hormone drive colon cancer?
If findings are verified, colon cancer may be the first cancer to be recognized as being driven by the loss of a hormone that is essential for maintaining colon cells. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reveal why beer tastes good to us and to flies
Beer yeasts produce chemicals that mimic the aroma of fruits in order to attract flies that can transport the yeast cells to new niches, report scientists from VIB, KU Leuven and NERF in the... (Medical News Today)

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