Medical research

Removing body clock gene protects mice against pneumonia

Removing the clock gene BMAL1 makes bacteria-engulfing defense cells in the body more effective, a University of Manchester and University of Oxford study published in the journal PNAS has found.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Researchers show how probiotics benefit vaginal health

Researchers have shown that three genes from a probiotic Lactobacillus species, used in some commercial probiotic vaginal capsules, are almost certainly involved in mediating adhesion to the vaginal epithelium. This is likely ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Preterm birth: The 'Nodal' gene under the microscope

Preterm birth is a major global public health problem. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely and many will suffer from neurodegenerative disorders, including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, impaired vision, ...

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