Study demonstrates viability of gene editing strategy for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa

A group of researchers from the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Raras (CIBERER) (Biomedical Research Networking Centre on Rare Diseases), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) (Research Center for Energy, Environmental and Technology), and the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Fundación Jiménez Díaz (IIS-FJD) … Read more

Specific criteria needed for different types of myeloma

Drs. Won S. Lee and Gurmukh Singh. Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University When our plasma cells start producing a single cancer-causing protein rather than an array of antibody-like proteins to protect us, it’s one of two arms of the Y-shaped protein that’s likely to blame. While increased numbers of either arm, called kappa … Read more

Acetaminophen can reduce positive empathy for others

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study by an Ohio University faculty member showed that acetaminophen limited positive empathy a person has for others while taking it. The study, titled “A Social Analgesic? Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Positive Empathy” was conducted by Visiting Assistant Professor Dominik Mischkowski. In the study, 114 participants were either given 1000 … Read more

Scientists review influenza vaccine research progress and opportunities

Transmission electron micrograph of H1N1 virus particles. Credit: NIAID In a new series of articles, experts in immunology, virology, epidemiology, and vaccine development detail efforts to improve seasonal influenza vaccines and ultimately develop a universal influenza vaccine. The 15 articles are part of a supplement in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Infectious … Read more

How use of digital devices may influence obesity risk

Recent evidence suggests that people who multitask by switching frequently between digital devices may be more at risk of developing unhealthful eating habits and obesity. Media multitasking may impact obesity risk and eating habits. The more gadgets that become available to us, the more we may feel tempted to explore these new technologies, but their … Read more

Even a low intake of red and processed meat may raise death risk

The connection between eating large amounts of red or processed meat and certain diseases is well-known, but a new study suggests that consuming even a small amount of these foods could be risky. New research suggests that eating red meat even occasionally may shorten life. The world is eating more meat. The global consumption of … Read more

All PCF Sparkletots pre-schools to use in-house cooks following food poisoning outbreak

02:29 Up Next: Watch now All 35 PCF Sparkletots pre-school centres previously served by external caterers will make a permanent shift to using in-house cooks, said PAP Community Foundation (PCF) in a briefing on Friday (Apr 5). Tan Si Hui reports. 2 related media assets (image or videos) available. Click to see the gallery. SINGAPORE: … Read more

Researchers identify ‘beauty spots’ in the genome: Genome-wide association study finds the impact of genes underlying facial beauty varies by sex

Genes play a role in determining the beauty of a person’s face, but that role varies with the person’s sex, according to a new study by Qiongshi Lu and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published 4th April in PLOS Genetics. Humans tend to be preoccupied with beauty — a person’s attractiveness is associated with … Read more

Scientists genetically engineer yeast to improve understanding of how cells work

Researchers have ‘fine-tuned’ a major cell signalling mechanism by rewriting DNA inside yeast cells to control how they respond to their environment. The study, which was published today by Cell, has immediate biotechnology uses but could also have wider implications for healthcare research. It is hoped being able to alter how cells react will help … Read more

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