Life Science

Stem cell biology and cancer

New findings about genetic factors controlling stem cell differentiation suggests that similar mechanisms may be involved in tumor formation. Research on adult stem cells found in the skin hints at a new class of genes, according to a study from investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. These genes – dubbed pangenes – can both govern a stem ...

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More little treasures

I know, I know. It’s an obsession. From EurekAlert. UCLA scientists have created a mechanism at the nanoscale to externally control the function and action of a protein. "We can switch a protein on and off, and while we have controlled a specific protein, we believe our approach will work with virtually any protein," said Giovanni Zocchi, assistant professor of ...

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As if the mirror didn't reveal enough already

From New Scientist: In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the eponymous subject keeps his youthful looks while the vagaries of age are visited upon his portrait in the attic. Now a digital version of Wilde’s idea is being developed to show you what you will look like in five years’ time if you take no exercise, eat too ...

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Health, aging and economics

Excerpts from two articles relating to the high cost of health and aging in our future. Illness triggers half of bankruptcies Medical bills and illnesses are a major cause of roughly half of this country’s personal bankruptcies, according to the study published today on the Web site of the journal Health Affairs. Touted as the first in-depth analysis of medical ...

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