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Leaves guide plant’s battle for sunlight


April 16th, 2012 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 16 (IANS) A plant's primary weapon for survival is the ability to grow towards the light, getting just the amount it needs and shadowing its competition, says a ... Read more...

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Scientists discover better drugs for sleep problems


April 9th, 2012 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 9 (IANS) The discovery of cellular switches in the bio-clock that tells the body when to sleep and metabolise food may lead to new drugs to treat sleep ... Read more...

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Tweaking gene turns tissues into super muscles


November 22nd, 2011 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) Scientists have done the unthinkable -- they created super-strong, high-endurance mice and worms by suppressing a natural muscle-growth inhibitor. With the tweaked gene (suppressed inhibitor) out ... Read more...

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‘All cancer cells are immortal’ theory exposed as a myth


April 22nd, 2011 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have hinted that not all cancer cells are immortal.In stark contrast to normal cells, which only divide a finite number ... Read more...

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Patients’ own cells ‘may shed light into schizophrenia causes’


April 14th, 2011 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 14 (ANI): Researchers at Penn State University, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and other institutions have successfully recreated a schizophrenic patient's own brain cells, which can be studied safely ... Read more...

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Genetic switch that increases muscle blood supply identified


March 2nd, 2011 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 2 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a genetic switch that can increase the number ... Read more...

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How slowing the engines of mitochondria extends lifespan


January 7th, 2011 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 7 (ANI): Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that slowing the engines of mitochondria, the tiny cellular factories, could extend your life.Andrew Dillin and his colleagues ... Read more...

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‘Famine survival gene’ offers clues to cause of obesity


December 16th, 2010 - 12:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 16 (ANI): Apart from junk food, desk jobs, and inactivity, there is one more thing behind those unwanted pounds - our genome, which has apparently not caught up with the ... Read more...

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Compound derived from turmeric has neuroprotective effects


December 16th, 2010 - 11:52 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): Two new studies suggest that a compound derived from curry spice turmeric may have clinical promise for ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI), which currently lack good ... Read more...

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Similar gene controls plant, human clocks


December 2nd, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 2 (ANI): UC Davis researchers have identified a gene that controls part of the 'tick tock' in a plant's circadian clock. And not only is the plant gene very similar ... Read more...

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Strawberries show promise against Huntington’s disease


November 16th, 2010 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 16 (ANI): In a new study, scientists found that strawberries and other fruits and vegetables slows the onset of motor problems and delays death in three models of Huntington's disease.Researchers ... Read more...

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Scientists discover new target for multiple sclerosis


October 26th, 2010 - 5:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 26 (ANI): A new study has brought scientists closer to solving one of the many mysteries of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases.The research by the Salk Institute for Biological ... Read more...

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How visuals signals travel from eye to the brain


October 7th, 2010 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 7 (ANI): Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies were able to trace for the first time the neuronal circuitry that connects individual photoreceptors with retinal ganglion cells, the ... Read more...

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How did eggs and sperm evolve?


April 17th, 2010 - 5:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 17 (ANI): Scientists have disclosed the secret behind the biggest question in reproductive science-why most sexually reproducing organisms have two contrasting sex cells: large, immobile eggs and plentiful smaller, motile ... Read more...

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Stress hormone may be key to new diabetes treatment


February 4th, 2010 - 3:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California have found that a hormone responsible for the body's stress response is also linked to the growth of ... Read more...

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How brain controls attention span


December 29th, 2009 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) Like a spotlight that illuminates an otherwise dark scene, attention highlights specific details of our surroundings while shutting others out. A new study by Salk Institute for Biological ... Read more...

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Critical protein that helps mend damaged DNA identified


December 25th, 2009 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 25 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that a protein named CtIP plays an essential role in the DNA damage "signal-to-repair" conversion process.The discovery could ... Read more...

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Brain structure that is crucial for moving mind’s spotlight


December 25th, 2009 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, December 25 (ANI): A new study has shown that the superior colliculus, a brain structure which helps control eye and head movements, is linked to people's attention to their surroundings.Lead author ... Read more...

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Extend youthfulness to keep Alzheimer’s at bay


December 11th, 2009 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 11 (ANI): Taking steps to remain healthy and young may help delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.The researchers conducted a study on mice to reach ... Read more...

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When you eat as important as what you eat


November 26th, 2009 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 26 (IANS) When you eat may be just as vital to your wellbeing as what you eat, says an Indian-American researcher. Experiments in mice revealed that the daily waxing and ... Read more...

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When you eat may be as important as what you eat


November 25th, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 25 (ANI): Researchers have found that the timing of food intake may be as significant for the general well being as what is being eaten.Experts at the Salk Institute for ... Read more...

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Attention lights up brain’s sensory signals even in background noise


September 24th, 2009 - 1:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 24 (ANI): When we pay attention on something, the sensory signals in our brains make themselves heard even in background noise, according to a new study by researchers at the ... Read more...

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Scientists unveil delinquent duo that exacerbate Alzheimer’s symptoms


August 15th, 2009 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 15 (ANI): Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that when alpha-7, a key nicotine receptor that plays a role in cognitive processes, encounters beta amyloid, the ... Read more...

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Growth factor that keeps brain development on track identified


July 16th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 16 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that a growth factor called Fgf10 helps keep the brain's development on track. The researchers say that just like ... Read more...

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Amartya Sen to chair Infosys Foundation jury for social sciences


July 15th, 2009 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, July 15 (IANS) Nobel laureate Amartya Sen will chair a five-member jury of the Infosys Science Foundation, set up by IT bellwether Infosys Technologies Ltd, to select winners for its awards ... Read more...

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Scientists identify alcohol-binding site in the brain


June 29th, 2009 - 11:53 am ICT by ANI
London, June 29 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have a step closer to understanding how alcohol alters the way brain cells work.The researchers say that they have identified ... Read more...

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How eating less can help boost lifespan


June 25th, 2009 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 25 (ANI): Scientists have long known that a restricted diet extends life. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified two enzymes that provide a new molecular ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How obesity increases diabetes risk


June 22nd, 2009 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 22 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered how obesity makes a person more prone to diabetes, and why thin people can become insulin-resistant.Led by Dr. ... Read more...

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Hair cells may revolutionise inherited diseases’ treatments


June 1st, 2009 - 1:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 1 (ANI): Creating healthy cells from flakes of skin and strands of hair plucked from patients, a team of U.S.-based scientists have made a big leap towards developing a potential ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

The biological basis for the 8-hour work-shift


April 24th, 2009 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 24 (ANI): Your usual nine to five office shift has a biological reason behind it, and now scientists have found that some genes in the body are switched on once ... Read more...

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Retina works like a multi-layered jigsaw puzzle of receptive fields


April 7th, 2009 - 4:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 7 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that the retina works like a multi-layered jigsaw puzzle of jagged windows called receptive fields, through which about ... Read more...

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Scientists uncover biochemical pathway to block worst fears


March 25th, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 25 (ANI): Are distressing memories of the past haunting you? Well, then researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found a biochemical pathway that can block your ... Read more...

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Potential therapeutic target for Downs syndrome identified


March 14th, 2009 - 5:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 14 (ANI): Researchers from Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a molecular pathway that can be a potential therapeutic target for Downs syndrome, the most frequent cause of ... Read more...

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Scientists use fruit fly to screen for lethal brain cancers


February 13th, 2009 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Researchers have turned the fruit fly into a lab model for an innovative study of gliomas, the commonest of malignant brain tumours, since the insect shares most of ... Read more...

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Brain cells” ”time-stamp” helps encode memories


January 29th, 2009 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 29 (ANI): Remembering old events often makes us nostalgic. Now, researchers have explained this phenomenon with the help of a computer model, which has suggested that newborn brain cells ... Read more...

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