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Stanford team makes biotechnology interactive with games and remote-control labs
(Stanford School of Engineering) What if you could interact with cells like fish in an aquarium? Build your own micro-aquarium for cells? Even perform remote-control experiments in robotic biolabs in the cloud? A Stanford team shows how.

Immune system protein regulates sensitivity to bitter taste
(Monell Chemical Senses Center) New research from the Monell Center reveals that tumor necrosis factor, an immune system regulatory protein that promotes inflammation, also helps regulate sensitivity to bitter taste. The finding may provide a mechanism to explain the taste system abnormalities and decreased food intake that can be associated with infections, autoimmune disorders, and chronic inflammatory diseases.

Study shows new technology may improve management of leading causes of blindness
(Oregon Health & Science University) Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that technology invented by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's Casey Eye Institute can improve the clinical management of the leading causes of blindness. Optical coherence tomography angiography could largely replace current dye-based angiography in the management of these diseases.

Moon Shots Program researchers to contribute to new Stand Up to Cancer Dream Teams
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) Researchers addressing KRAS-mutated lung cancer and ovarian cancer prevention through The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Moon Shots Program will help on new SU2C Dream Teams.

New signaling pathway discovered in HER2-positive breast cancer, and 2 powerful drug targets
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) A team at CSHL has published results of experiments that lay bare a previously unknown pathway activated in a highly lethal form of breast cancer. The pathway, they discovered, contains at least two potentially powerful drug targets, according to the team leader. The breast cancer type is called HER2-positive, and affects about one cancer patient in four.

Necessity at the roots of innovation: The scramble for nutrients intensifies as soils age
(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Working among venomous snakes in Australia's Jurien Dunes, researchers ask how biodiverse plants survive in some of the world's worst soils. Their discoveries may help to develop agriculture on poor soils elsewhere.

In utero exposure to extreme morning sickness may cause developmental deficits in children
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Women who experience extreme morning sickness during pregnancy are three times more likely to have children with developmental issues, including attention disorders and language and speech delays, than woman who have normal nausea and vomiting, a UCLA study has found.

Atrial fibrillation recurrence lower with sleep apnea treatment
(American College of Cardiology) The use of continuous positive airway pressure was associated with a significant reduction in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, according to an analysis of data from past research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Study sheds new light on a crucial enzyme for the immune response
(Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal) A new study by immunology researchers at the IRCM led by Javier M. Di Noia, Ph.D., sheds light on a mechanism affecting AID, a crucial enzyme for the immune response. The scientific breakthrough, published in the latest issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine, could eventually improve the way we treat the common flu, as well as lymphoma and leukemia.

Vitamin D deficiency common in patients with lung disease
(Wiley) A new study from Korea has uncovered a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as a significant relationship between vitamin D deficiency and airflow limitations. Exercise capacity also tended to be decreased in participants with vitamin D deficiency.

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