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Natural selection still at work in humans

Evolution has shaped the human race, with University of Queensland researchers finding signatures of natural selection in the genome that influence traits associated with fertility and heart function.

Apr 18, 2018
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Epstein-Barr virus linked to seven serious diseases

A far-reaching study conducted by scientists at Cincinnati Children's reports that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)—best known for causing mononucleosis—also increases the risks for some people of developing seven other major ...

Apr 16, 2018
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Aqueous humor, microRNAs and glaucoma

Glaucoma—the leading cause of vision loss worldwide—includes a heterogeneous group of disorders. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and exfoliation glaucoma (XFG) are linked to decreased outflow of aqueous humor, which ...

Apr 11, 2018
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Scientists build better way to decode the genome

The genome is the body's instruction manual. It contains the raw information—in the form of DNA—that determines everything from whether an animal walks on four legs or two, to one's potential risk for disease. But this ...

Apr 06, 2018
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Researchers find novel genes for longevity in mammals

The genetic basis of lifespan determination is poorly understood. Most research has been done on short-lived animals, and it is unclear if these insights can be transferred to long-lived mammals like humans. By comparing ...

Apr 04, 2018
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Enduring cold temperatures alters fat cell epigenetics

A new study in fat cells has revealed a molecular mechanism that controls how lifestyle choices and the external environment affect gene expression. This mechanism includes potential targets for next-generation drug discovery ...

How bone marrow niches keep stem cells thriving

Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are a class of stem cells located in bone marrow. HSCs give rise to every type of blood cell—from the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the white blood cells of the immune system. Bone ...

Spectacle lens slows myopic progression by 60 percent

The Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Spectacle Lens developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) slowed down myopia progress by 60 percent in participating children; myopic progression halted completely ...

Exercise after a heart attack—it could save your life

Becoming more physically active after a heart attack reduces the risk of death, according to research presented today at EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress. The study, which followed more than 22,000 ...

In Romania, distrust of vaccines kills

Measles still claims young lives in Romania, where nearly 40 children have died in an outbreak that many blame on parents being misled by scare stories that vaccinating them is dangerous.

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