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Flashes of Light Offer Potential for Biomedical Diagnostics

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A group of researchers from the Czech Republic were intrigued that living organisms emit small amounts of light resulting during oxidative metabolism, when oxygen is used to create energy by breaking down carbohydrates. The researchers began to...
10-Feb-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

The Glow of Food Dye Can Be Used to Monitor Food Quality

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Allura Red, a synthetic food and pharmaceutical color widely used within the U.S., boasts special properties that may make it and other food dyes appropriate as sensors or edible probes to monitor foods and pharmaceuticals. A team of researchers --...
10-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

The Flu Gets Cold

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In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a...
10-Feb-2017 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

New Understandings of Cell Death Show Promise for Preventing Alzheimer’s

Currently, the predominant theory behind Alzheimer’s disease is the “amyloid hypothesis,” which states that abnormally increased levels of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides outside of brain cells produce a variety of low molecular weight Aβ...
9-Feb-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

New Protein Development May Hold the Key to New Disease Therapeutics

The 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded the for discoveries of mechanisms of autophagy, a cellular process much like recycling, where new cellular components are generated from old and damaged ones. Though a relatively simple...
10-Feb-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

How a Plant Resists Drought

Climate change will bring worsening droughts that threaten crops. One potential way to protect crops is by spraying them with a compound that induces the plants to become more drought resistant. Now, by identifying the key molecular mechanism that...
8-Feb-2017 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Imbalance of Calcium in a Cell's Energy Factory May Drive Alzheimer's Disease

Calcium in the mitochondria -- the energy factory of cells -- may be one of the keys to understanding and treating Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers at Temple University have now identified how an imbalance of calcium ions in the...
8-Feb-2017 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Life Under Pressure

Life can thrive in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. Microbes flourish inside hot geothermal vents, beneath the frigid ice covering Antarctica and under immense pressures at the bottom of the ocean. For these organisms to survive...
8-Feb-2017 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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