Defense Department Funds Wearables to Detect COVID-19

As many countries across the globe begin loosening their stay-at-home orders, we’re seeing government agencies and large companies prepare for the lasting effects of the pandemic. A recent solicitation from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) indicates they are investing $25 million into wearable devices that can detect early …read more

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“Seminal” cancer blood test trial moves method closer to clinical use

In a first-of-its-kind study thousands of people with no history of cancer were screened with a new experimental multi-cancer blood test. Promisingly, the results caught a number of pre-symptomatic early stage cancers, but the test did miss some cancer… Continue reading “Seminal” cancer blood test trial moves method closer to clinical use

Scientists use mushroom DNA to produce permanently-glowing plants

While bioluminescent mushrooms certainly are fascinating, getting the things to grow in your home or garden can be challenging. Thanks to a new study, however, it may soon be possible to buy glowing versions of otherwise-conventional easily grown plant… Continue reading Scientists use mushroom DNA to produce permanently-glowing plants

Molecules identified that reverse cellular aging process

A new discovery paves the way for novel drugs that could help safeguard DNA and slow the aging process

Central to a lot of scientific research into aging are tiny caps on the ends of our chromosomes called telomeres. These protective sequences of DNA grow a little shorter each time a cell divides, but by intervening in this process, researchers hope to one day regulate the process of aging and the ill health effects it can bring. A Harvard team is now offering an exciting pathway forward, discovering a set of small molecules capable of restoring telomere length in mice.

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coproID gets the poop on source of fossilized feces

If you were studying the diet of ancient humans, it certainly wouldn’t help if you got their preserved feces confused with those of their dogs. A new analytical system system known as coproID is designed to keep that from happening.Continue ReadingCate… Continue reading coproID gets the poop on source of fossilized feces

So What is Protein Folding, Anyway?

The current COVID-19 pandemic is rife with problems that hackers have attacked with gusto. From 3D printed face shields and homebrew face masks to replacements for full-fledged mechanical ventilators, the outpouring of ideas has been inspirational and heartwarming. At the same time there have been many efforts in a different …read more

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Universal cancer blood test detects and locates 50 types of tumors

Cancer is one of humanity’s leading killers, and the main reason for that is it’s often hard to detect until it’s too late. But that might be about to change. Researcher have developed a new type of AI-powered blood test that can accurately detect over… Continue reading Universal cancer blood test detects and locates 50 types of tumors

“Trap and zap” system cleans up leftover superbug resistance genes

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria (or superbugs) are enough of a problem as it is, but even after they’ve been wiped out they can leave resistance genes lying around for other bugs to use later. Now, researchers at Rice University have developed new nanosh… Continue reading “Trap and zap” system cleans up leftover superbug resistance genes

Bacterial DNA signatures in blood point to new universal cancer test

Developing a simple blood test that can detect all kinds of early-stage cancers is something of a holy grail for many researchers. A huge variety of different blood-based cancer diagnostic methods are currently in development tracking everything from p… Continue reading Bacterial DNA signatures in blood point to new universal cancer test

Dinosaur DNA and proteins found in fossils, paleontologists claim

Palaeontologists have announced the discovery of organic material in 75-million year old dinosaur fossils. The team claims to have found evidence of cartilage cells, proteins, chromosomes and even DNA preserved inside the fossils, suggesting these can … Continue reading Dinosaur DNA and proteins found in fossils, paleontologists claim