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Article ID: 705454

BPS Announces Jennifer Pesanelli as next Executive Officer, Thanks Ro Kampman for her Service

Biophysical Society

The Biophysical Society (BPS) announced that Jennifer Pesanelli has been selected as the next Executive Officer of the Society. Current Executive Officer Ro Kampman announced her retirement in June. Pesanelli joins BPS from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), where she has held a number of positions over the last 20 years.

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13-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705453

Genetically modified pigs resist infection with the classical swine fever virus

PLOS

Researchers have developed genetically modified pigs that are protected from classical swine fever virus (CSFV), according to a study published December 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Hongsheng Ouyang of Jilin University, and colleagues. As noted by the authors, these pigs offer potential benefits over commercial vaccination and could reduce economic losses related to classical swine fever.

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13-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705423

Kennesaw State University researcher awarded NIH grant to improve gene-editing technology delivery

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University researcher Daniel Morris recently received a three-year $403,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the delivery of protein therapeutics and the CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technology to living cells.

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13-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705419

Tale of two trees: New web tool estimates gene trees with ease

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University - OIST

Gene trees, much like family trees, trace the lineage of a particular gene from its deep ancestral roots to its still-growing stems. By comparing gene trees to species trees, which map the evolutionary history of species, scientists can learn which species have which genes, what new functions those genes gained over time, and which functions they may have lost. Now, scientists at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have unveiled a new tool to perform these analyses quickly and without computational headaches.

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13-Dec-2018 11:55 AM EST
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Article ID: 705402

The “Greying” of T Cells

Harvard Medical School

Research in mouse cells identifies defective metabolic pathway in aging immune T cells. The pathway is critical for switching T cells from dormancy into illness-fighting mode. In experiments, researchers restored lagging T-cell function by adding small-molecule compounds. Findings suggest possible mechanism behind weakened immunity common in the elderly.

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13-Dec-2018 11:15 AM EST
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Article ID: 705407

Ebola-Fighting Protein Discovered in Human Cells

Northwestern University

Ebola virus (green) infects human cells much more easily when you remove the protective RBBP6 protein (compare left to right). Researchers have discovered a human protein that helps fight the Ebola virus and could one day lead to an effective therapy against the deadly disease, according to a new study from Northwestern University, Georgia State University, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Gladstone Institutes published today, Dec.

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13-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 705314

New Genetic Clues to Early-Onset Form of Dementia

Washington University in St. Louis

In an effort to better understand frontotemporal dementia, an international team of researchers, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has found that a lone mutation in a single gene that causes an inherited form of the disorder makes it harder for neurons in the brain to communicate with one another, leading to neurodegeneration.

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12-Dec-2018 10:45 AM EST

Article ID: 705404

Microbiologist Amy Cheng Vollmer on Similarities Between Bacteria and Teenagers

Swarthmore College

Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology Amy Cheng Vollmer was recently a guest on Key Conversations, a podcast from the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society that features dialogues with PBK Visiting Scholars.

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13-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST

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Article ID: 705371

Researchers Design Technology That Sees Nerve Cells Fire

NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, have created a noninvasive technology that detects when nerve cells fire based on changes in shape. The method could be used to observe nerve activity in light-accessible parts of the body, such as the eye, which would allow physicians to quantitatively monitor visual function at the cellular level.

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12-Dec-2018 4:50 PM EST

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