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Safeguarding the greater good
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) Research teams from the Wyss Institute and University of California, San Diego -- the only two groups to have published work on RNA-guided CRISPR gene drives -- have proactively assembled an international group of 26 experts, including prominent genetic engineers and fruit fly geneticists, to unanimously recommend a series of preemptive measures to safeguard gene drive research.

How to become a T follicular helper cell
(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) Follicular helper Tcells (TFH cells), a rare type of immune cell that is essential for inducing a strong and lasting antibody response to viruses and other microbes, have garnered intense interest in recent years but the molecular signals that drive their differentiation had remained unclear. Now, a team of researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology has identified a pair of master regulators that control the fate of TFH cells.

Cell aging slowed by putting brakes on noisy transcription
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Working with yeast and worms, researchers found that incorrect gene expression is a hallmark of aged cells and that reducing such 'noise' extends lifespan in these organisms.

Penn study questions presence in blood of heart-healthy molecules from fish oil supplements
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A new study questions the relevance of fish oil-derived substances and their purported anti-inflammatory effects in humans.

Depressed females have over-active glutamate receptor gene
(University of Illinois at Chicago) Numerous genes that regulate the activity of a neurotransmitter in the brain have been found to be abundant in brain tissue of depressed females. This could be an underlying cause of the higher incidence of suicide among women, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

When surgeons listen to their preferred music, their stitches are better and faster
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) A new study from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston shows that when plastic surgeons listen to music they prefer, their surgical technique and efficiency when closing incisions is improved. The study is currently available in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Novel model developed to predict the amount of nicotine emitted from e-cigarettes
(Virginia Commonwealth University) Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers at the VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products have developed the first ever, evidence-based model that can predict with up to 90 percent accuracy the amount of nicotine emitted by an electronic cigarettes.

Cost of physician board recertification fuels questions about best outcomes for patients
(University of California - San Francisco) Many physicians are pushing back against or debating new requirements for maintaining medical board certifications, which affect more than 250,000 physicians nationwide.

The body and the brain: The impact of mental and physical exertion on fatigue development
(Texas A&M University) Do you ever notice how stress and mental frustration can affect your physical abilities? When you are worried about something at work, do you find yourself more exhausted at the end of the day? This phenomenon is a result of the activation of a specific area of the brain when we attempt to participate in both physical and mental tasks simultaneously.

Countering pet obesity by rethinking feeding habits
(American Society of Animal Science) The No. 1 cause of malnutrition in American pets is obesity. Research experts share causes, implications and potential solutions to this epidemic.

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