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Health News - Biology/Biochemistry

Should we worry about tapeworms?
Difficult to detect and prodigious in appetite, tapeworms are the stuff of hypochondriacs' nightmares. But how much of a threat do they pose to humans? (Medical News Today)

How does environment-damaged DNA lead to disease?
Using a technique called time-lapse crystallography, researchers have observed for the first time how the polymerase enzyme inserts nucleotides into strands of DNA. (Medical News Today)

High-tech microscope constructed for 160 pounds by Ph.D. student at Brunel University London
Scientists could save thousands of pounds with student's DIY microscopeThe instrument was adapted by Adam Lynch to study snail immune systems. (Medical News Today)

New treatments for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease - you may have a pig to thank
Genetically engineered pigs, minipigs, and microminipigs are valuable tools for biomedical research, as their lifespan, anatomy, physiology, genetic make-up, and disease mechanisms are more similar... (Medical News Today)

Key protein decrypted: scientists develop 3D model of regulator protein Bax
Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Tubingen, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) provide a new 3D model of the protein Bax, a key regulator of cell... (Medical News Today)

From dried cod to tissue sample preservation
Could human tissue samples be dried for storage, instead of being frozen? Researchers are looking at the salt cod industry for a potential tissue sample drying technology that could save money... (Medical News Today)

Comparing the mouse's functional genome elements with the human genome
A group of international researchers has just discovered the keys to explaining why certain processes and systems in mice, like the immune system, metabolism and stress response, are so different to... (Medical News Today)

Researchers characterize a protein mutation that alters tissue development in males before birth
Case Western Reserve researchers have identified a protein mutation that alters specific gender-related tissue in males before birth and can contribute to the development of cancer as well as other... (Medical News Today)

'Jekyll and Hyde' molecule is key to new personalised medicine for prostate cancer
Researchers who have uncovered the 'monstrous' hidden nature of a molecule involved in prostate cancer say the findings could herald a new form of personalised medicine for patients, with doctors... (Medical News Today)

Epidemic spreading and neurodegenerative progression
Researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute have used a model inspired by patterns of epidemic disease spreading to map how misfolded proteins propagate within the brain. (Medical News Today)

Genetic replication study could lead to new cancer treatments
A group of scientists have made a breakthrough in the study of how genetic material is replicated. Their findings could have implications for cancer research. (Medical News Today)

New study: cells' natural response to chronic protein misfolding may do more harm than good
"Protein misfolding" diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Alzheimer's may be seriously exacerbated by the body's own response against that misfolding, according to a new study led by scientists at... (Medical News Today)

A sweet bacterium keeps track of time
Researchers are studying the Caulobacter crescentus bacterium because of its developmental process and cellular cycle, which serve as models for a number of pathogenic bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Just one 10-second kiss transfers 80 million bacteria
A new study examining oral microbiota finds that when couples kiss intimately at high frequencies, their salivary microbiota become similar. (Medical News Today)

Solving the puzzle of cooperation in group environments
Research has shown that when two individuals meet repeatedly they are more likely to cooperate with one another. (Medical News Today)

Giant otter's repertoire includes 22 distinct vocalizations
Giant otter, credit: Christina MummGiant otters may have a vocal repertoire with 22 distinct vocalization types produced by adults and 11 neonate vocalization types, according to a study published... (Medical News Today)

The stress-induced FK506 binding protein 51 regulates autophagy and is involved in the response to treatment with antidepressants
FK506 binding protein 51 (FKBP51) regulates acute and chronic effects of treatment with antidepressants via autophagic pathways (processes by which cells break down and recycle their components) in... (Medical News Today)

Catalyst-where-you-want-it method expands the possibilities for new drug development
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry have described a method for creating and modifying organic compounds that overcomes a major... (Medical News Today)

Using an organism's own pathway to synthesize potential therapeutics
One of the big hurdles in bringing drugs to market is the difficulty of producing large enough quantities of potential compounds to conduct clinical trials. (Medical News Today)

Biomanufacturing may be key to long-term manned space missions
Does synthetic biology hold the key to manned space exploration of the Moon and Mars? (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify first molecular steps that lead to pancreatic cancer
A new study identifies a molecular starting point for the onset of pancreatic cancer, offering an early treatment target for a disease that is usually spotted too late. (Medical News Today)

New research explains origins of external genitalia, insight into birth defects
University of Florida researchers have mapped the cellular origins of external genitalia by studying bird embryos, giving scientists insights into the evolution and embryonic development of mammals... (Medical News Today)

Diversity Outbred mice better predict potential human responses to chemical exposures
A genetically diverse mouse model is able to predict the range of response to chemical exposures that might be observed in human populations, researchers from the National Institutes of Health have... (Medical News Today)

'Invisible mice' may allow whole-organism imaging
Earlier this year, we reported on the creation of 'see-through' mice. Now, Japanese scientists have developed a similar technique to allow whole-organism imaging of mice. (Medical News Today)

First human tendons grown in laboratory
Regenerative medicine company Orthocell Limited has announced its success in growing human tendons in a laboratory for the first time. (Medical News Today)

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