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24-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
They Remember: Communities of Microbes Found to Have Working Memory
University of California San Diego

Biologists studying bacterial communities have discovered that these simple organisms feature a robust memory capacity. Using light, they were able to encode memory patterns and visualize cells with memory. The discovery reveals parallels between low-level organisms and sophisticated neurons.

Newswise: Statins Starve Cancer Cells to Death
Released: 12-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Statins Starve Cancer Cells to Death
Johns Hopkins Medicine

More than 35 million Americans take statin drugs daily to lower their blood cholesterol levels. Now, in experiments with human cells in the laboratory, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have added to growing evidence that the ubiquitous drug may kill cancer cells and have uncovered clues to how they do it.

6-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EST
New Study on Covid-19 Estimates 5.1 Days for Incubation Period
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

An analysis of publicly available data on infections from the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 yielded an estimate of 5.1 days for the median disease incubation period, according to a new study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Newswise: Bifunctional nanobodies proven effective at protecting against botulinum neurotoxins including Botox
Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:35 AM EST
Bifunctional nanobodies proven effective at protecting against botulinum neurotoxins including Botox
University of California, Irvine

New study reveals potential for developing novel antibody-based antitoxins against botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), including the most commonly used, yet most toxic one, Botox.

Newswise: Computer model mines medicines
Released: 3-Feb-2020 9:35 AM EST
Computer model mines medicines
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Most medicines work by binding to and blocking the effect of disease-causing molecules. Now to accelerate the identification of potential new medicines, bioengineers have created a computer model that mimics the way molecules bind.


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