cell biology

Breakthrough nano method of gene delivery developed


October 17th, 2011 - 10:55 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) In a pioneering technique developed by US scientists, specific genes can now be painlessly and directly delivered into infected living cells without resorting to needle pricks.Developed ... Read more...

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New compound destroys deadly flu virus


September 26th, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 26 (IANS) A new compound destroys several viruses, including the one that triggered the deadly Spanish flu, wiping out 30 million people worldwide in the 1918 pandemic.The compound, ... Read more...

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Brain protein shows promise in checking obesity


August 10th, 2011 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 10 (IANS) Research by an Indian-origin scientist has shown that brain protein may actually hold the key to keeping appetite and blood sugar under control and keep unwanted ... Read more...

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Caffeine consumption can drive female infertility


July 21st, 2011 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 21 (IANS) Caffeine reduces muscle activity in the fallopian tubes that carry eggs from a woman's ovaries to her womb, which can reduce a woman's chance of becoming ... Read more...

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Eavesdropping on cells’ chats with nano-sensors


July 18th, 2011 - 4:16 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 18 (IANS) Using nanotechnology, researchers successfully attached sensors to cell surfaces to monitor single cell chats in real-time. This first-time cutting edge innovation provides the ability to further ... Read more...

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Scientists unlock secrets of cancer-driving enzyme


May 8th, 2011 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 8 (IANS) Researchers are helping unlock the cellular-level function of the telomerase enzyme which drives cancer growth, thus paving the way for improved cancer-fighting therapies. The number of ... Read more...

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Side effects of popular diabetes drugs described


May 4th, 2011 - 6:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 4 (ANI): A new study has warned that drugs known as thiazolidinediones, or TZDs for short, which are widely used in diabetes treatment, have a large downside.The drugs have effects ... Read more...

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Research may pave way for new regenerative therapies


May 4th, 2011 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 04 (ANI): A team of researchers are working on methods to grow mature tissue substitutes from stem cells that have been extracted from human fat samples.Stem cells extracted from body ... Read more...

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Former BARC scientist commits suicide


April 29th, 2011 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) A former scientist with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) allegedly committed suicide at her residence in southcentral Mumbai, police said Friday.Uma Rao, 63, was in ... Read more...

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New discovery explains link between epilepsy and fragile X syndrome


April 13th, 2011 - 3:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): The discovery of a potential mechanism may now help explain how individuals with fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability, often develop epilepsy.Scientists at ... Read more...

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How marijuana affects the way the brain processes emotional info


April 6th, 2011 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 6 (ANI): Scientists have discovered how drugs like marijuana affect the way the brain processes emotional information.Drugs act on naturally occurring receptors in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. However, the ... Read more...

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Gene study uncovers clues to memory and learning


February 16th, 2011 - 3:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 16 (ANI): Scientists have explored the function of a single gene that governs how neurons form new connections.The study has not only uncovered clues to memory and learning, but has ... Read more...

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Root cause of blood vessel damage in people with diabetes discovered


January 29th, 2011 - 1:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 29 (ANI): Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a key mechanism that appears to contribute to blood vessel damage in people with diabetes.The researchers ... Read more...

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Emotional stress can change brain function


January 13th, 2011 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 13 (ANI): Researchers have found that a single exposure to acute stress affected information processing in the cerebellum - the area of the brain responsible for motor control and movement ... Read more...

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Tweaking DNA can counteract heart injury


December 24th, 2010 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 24 (IANS) Tweaking the DNA can counteract heart injury and mimic the effects of two weeks of endurance training. The experiment was carried out on mice but researchers ... Read more...

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e-cigarettes are potentially harmful


December 5th, 2010 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 5 (IANS) Electronic or e-cigarettes, that vapourize nicotine, are being increasingly used all over the world even though information about their effects is very sketchy.Researchers from University of California, ... Read more...

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New mechanism for controlling blood sugar level discovered


November 30th, 2010 - 11:44 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 30 (ANI): Scientists have discovered for the first time a new mechanism through which our body controls the levels of sugar in our blood after a meal.They have found ... Read more...

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Our body clocks determine how much fat we burn


November 16th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 16 (ANI): A new study could explain why people burn fat more efficiently at certain times of day.UC Irvine researchers have discovered that circadian rhythms - the internal body clock ... Read more...

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Harm reduction ciggies ‘more harmful than conventional brands’


October 21st, 2010 - 11:56 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 21 (ANI): A new research has revealed that 'harm reduction cigarettes', marketed by tobacco companies as safer than conventional brands, could in fact, be more harmful.Harm reduction cigarettes are made ... Read more...

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Bile may harbour human Fountain Of Youth


September 16th, 2010 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 16 (ANI): A new research from Concordia University has put the human quest for longer life one step closer.The new study is the first to identify the role of a ... Read more...

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Human brain on a microchip nearly ready


August 11th, 2010 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS
By Gurmukh Singh Toronto, Aug 11 (IANS) The human brain on a microchip is almost ready!Turning into reality science fiction of films such as "The Terminator" - where machines and men meld into ... Read more...

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Soon, a silicon ‘neurochip’ to hear what human brain cells are saying


August 10th, 2010 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI
Toronto, August 10 (ANI): Calgary scientists will create a 'neurochip', which will monitor the dialogue between brain cell and silicon chip.Researchers at the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute are to ... Read more...

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Electronic ciggies need stronger puffs than conventional brands


July 29th, 2010 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 29 (ANI): The so-called "electronic cigarettes"- marketed as tobacco-free nicotine delivery systems- require more suction than conventional brands, which in turn has adverse effects on human health, according to University ... Read more...

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New treatment for severe eye disease found disease


July 22nd, 2010 - 5:33 pm ICT by ANI
Normal 0Washington, July 22 (ANI): Researchers may have found a new treatment for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a severe neurodegenerative disease of the retina that ultimately results in blindness.University of Massachusetts Medical School ... Read more...

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Changes in fat cells linked to diabetes


July 7th, 2010 - 4:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 7 (ANI): A new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) suggests that cellular changes in fat tissue-not the immune system-lead to the 'hyperinflammation' characteristic of obesity-related glucose intolerance and ... Read more...

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Here’s how memories are made


June 29th, 2010 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 29 (ANI): A new study, led by researchers at the University of Leicester, has uncovered for the first time the mechanism by which memories are formed.The study in the Department ... Read more...

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SpermCheck technology to let men test sperm count from home


June 19th, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 19 (ANI): Men could soon be able to test their sperm count from the comfort and privacy of their homes, all thanks to a new technology from the University of ... Read more...

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Newborns possess innate sense of direction


June 18th, 2010 - 1:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 18 (ANI): Newborn rats have an innate sense of direction, a new British research has revealed.The study, conducted by scientists at University College London (UCL), demonstrates that the brain's representations ... Read more...

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Potential new target for Alzheimer’s treatment identified


June 11th, 2010 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 11 (ANI): Scientists have discovered how mutations in the presenilin 1 gene cause early-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD).The finding opens the door to developing novel treatments for this form of ... Read more...

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Novel sperm stem-cell technique helps produce genetically modified rats


May 28th, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 28 (ANI): Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have used a novel sperm stem-cell technique to produce genetically modified rats.For 20 years, the laboratory mouse has been the workhorse of ... Read more...

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Molecule that can switch off cancer discovered


March 12th, 2010 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 12 (ANI): Scientists from the University of Colorado have found a 'switch' that can turn off cancer.They have discovered a molecule that actually triggers cell death, and they are convinced ... Read more...

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Body’s response to taste or smell of meal ‘a diabetes risk factor’


March 12th, 2010 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 12 (ANI): Our body's response to foods' smell, taste could be a risk factor for diabetes, say researchers.Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified the specific mechanism in human ... Read more...

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Stem cell therapy may help restore sight in retinitis pigmentosa sufferers


February 25th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 25 (ANI): Scientists have successfully used mouse embryonic stem cells to replace diseased retinal cells and restore sight in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa.According to the research team ... Read more...

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How malaria parasite spreads in red blood cells


February 19th, 2010 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): Despite decades of rigorous research, it has remained an enigma how Plasmodium, the malaria parasite, regulates its infectious cycle. But now, scientists at the University of California, Riverside, ... Read more...

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Glial cells can protect or kill neurons in retina


February 2nd, 2010 - 6:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): Scientists from University of Montreal and McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute have discovered that glial cells, which normally protect neurons in the retina can also kill them, resulting ... Read more...

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