Monthly Archives: January 2016

Necroptosis: How crystals precipitate cell death

Crystal formation plays a defining role in the pathogenesis of a range of common diseases, such as gout and atherosclerosis. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers led by Hans-Joachim Anders have now elucidated how the insoluble de...

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Social work conference urges greater ‘father-friendly’ culture

When family difficulties mean that children are at risk of abuse or neglect and face being taken into care or becoming candidates for adoption, how can their fathers be brought back into the equation? Instead of being marginalized, might they be part o...

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How bats recognize their own ‘bat signals’

A new Tel Aviv University study identifies the mechanism that allows individual bats to avoid noise overlap by increasing the volume, duration and repetition rate of their signals. Unlocking the mystery of bat echo recognition may offer a valuable insi...

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A step towards keeping up with Moore’s Law

Professor Tae-Woo Lee and his research team at POSTECH, Korea, have developed a rapid printing technology for high density and scalable memristor array composed of cross-bar-shaped metal nanowires. This technology will be used as a source technology to...

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Genetic sequencing can help guide treatment in children with solid tumors

Clinical genomic sequencing is feasible in pediatric oncology and can be used to recommend therapy or pinpoint diagnosis in children with solid tumors, according to the multi-center Individualized CAncer Therapy (iCat) study led by investigators from D...

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Want to rewire a neuron? You’ve got to take it slow

A research team led by McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute has managed to create new functional connections between neurons for the first time. Apart from the fact that these artificial neurons grow over 60 times faster than neuro...

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Epigenetics: The importance of mixed motifs

Local modifications in histone proteins alter DNA packing density in the cell nucleus to regulate gene activity. They also form the basis of a code in which the significance of a given pattern or motif depends on its broader context.

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Marijuana survey finds medical users more likely to consume edibles and vaporize

A new study provides some of the first evidence about patterns of marijuana use in states that have legalized medical marijuana. It finds that medical marijuana users are more likely to vaporize or consume edible forms of the drug than recreational us...

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Microtubules, assemble!

Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have observed how microtubules and motor proteins assemble into macroscopic networks. Their observation provides a better understanding of cytoskeletal self-orga...

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