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Fighting Obesity: Uncovering a Pathway to Change

Fighting Obesity: Uncovering a Pathway to Change

🕔13:34, 18.Jan 2015

A better understanding of neural interaction with fat tissue can lead to more targeted treatments for obesity.

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One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

One Sweet Gene: Exploiting Genes to Keep Us Lean

🕔13:34, 18.Jan 2015

Recent research on the worm C. elegans reveals a connection between the gene SKN-1, proline, and fat accumulation. In the future, miracle drugs may target these genes to prevent weight gain, even in the condition of a high-sugar diet.

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Book Review: “Working Stiff” – Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Book Review: “Working Stiff” – Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

🕔13:31, 18.Jan 2015

In Working Stiff, Dr. Judy Melinek presents her work as a medical examiner trainee in forensic pathology. The text is fascinating, engaging, and emotional – unfortunately, it is not entirely scientific.

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Q&A: Do concussions lead to depression?

Q&A: Do concussions lead to depression?

🕔13:26, 18.Jan 2015

Recent studies have shown that concussions are correlated with depression, but more work needs to be done to probe for causation.

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Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

🕔13:23, 18.Jan 2015

Recently, the Nonhuman Rights Project fought for legal personhood for a 26 year-old chimpanzee named Tommy. The case relates to current research on primate genetics, cognition, and emotion.

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Shading, Texture, and Color: How the Brain Makes Sense of Shape and Substance

Shading, Texture, and Color: How the Brain Makes Sense of Shape and Substance

🕔13:12, 18.Jan 2015

The world is a beautiful mess of visual information. Yale Professor Steven Zucker and his research group recently announced findings that unite mathematics, neurobiology, and psychology to make sense of how the brain makes sense of it all.

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Connecting the Address Book to the Family Tree for the Earth’s Vertebrates

Connecting the Address Book to the Family Tree for the Earth’s Vertebrates

🕔13:11, 18.Jan 2015

Professor Walter Jetz recently received a boost in NSF funding for projects integrating the global distribution of species with their placement on the tree of life.

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Dragging HIV into the Limelight: Exposing the Anatomy of the World’s Leading Infectious Killer

Dragging HIV into the Limelight: Exposing the Anatomy of the World’s Leading Infectious Killer

🕔12:31, 30.Dec 2014

A team of researchers recently elucidated the structure and dynamics of the HIV fusion machine, which the virus uses to infect human beings. This exciting discovery, published in both Science and Nature, is a potential breakthrough for HIV vaccine development.

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Uncharted Waters in Dyslexia Research

Uncharted Waters in Dyslexia Research

🕔12:31, 30.Dec 2014

While most research on reading disabilities has focused on its disadvantages, Dr. Ken Pugh of Haskins Laboratories recently published a trend-breaking study. He shows that dyslexic children have a slight advantage in visuospatial processing.

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Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells Bring New Hope for Diabetics

Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells Bring New Hope for Diabetics

🕔04:37, 26.Nov 2014

A global diabetes epidemic is on the horizon, and researchers around the world are working against the clock to find a cure. However, one major obstacle that diabetes researchers have struggled to overcome is being able to produce enough insulin

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