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The bug hunters and the microbiome

Trevor Lawley and Gordon Dougan are bug hunters, albeit not the conventional kind. The bugs they collect are invisible to the naked eye. And even though we're teeming with them, researchers are only beginning to discover ...

Jun 21, 2017
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Bone disease traced to the Middle Ages

The special form of the bone disease osteopetrosis that exists in Västerbotten is due to a gene mutation that can be traced back to the Middle Ages and leads to defective bone resorption, according to new research led at ...

Jun 19, 2017
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Keeping the rhythm in space

Space is an inhospitable environment for the human body but we adapt remarkably well. Within hours, the brain adjusts to the lack of an up or down, as if floating is all it has ever known. Now researchers are learning how ...

Jun 15, 2017
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Mathematical models for healing burns

Daniël Koppenol, together with Fred Vermolen (both TU Delft), has developed various mathematical models to simulate the healing of wounds, in particular burns, with the aim of improving healing. As Vermolen points out, collaboration ...

Jun 15, 2017
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Organs-on-Chips get smart and go electric

Organs-on-Chips (Organ Chips) are emerging as powerful tools that allow researchers to study the physiology of human organs and tissues in ways not possible before. By mimicking normal blood flow, the mechanical microenvironment, ...

Jun 14, 2017
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Researchers find key to muscle regeneration

Saint Louis University researchers report in Molecular Metabolism new findings that the nuclear receptor REV-ERB appears to play a key role in muscle regeneration, suggesting the receptor may be a good target for new drugs ...

Jun 14, 2017
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Coupling of movement and vision

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Video games can change your brain

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