Friday 27 March, 2015

Tapeworms fight to control shared host

tapeworm

If two tapeworms infect the same host and find themselves at cross-purposes, they may actively sabotage each other in a competition to seize control, new research suggests.  More...

New ‘malaria-in-a-dish’ method to aid better treatment of disease

MIT researchers engineered liver-like cells that can be infected with several strains of the parasite that causes malaria, including Plasmodium falciparum (top row) and Plasmodium berghei (bottom row). The red stain reveals parasite infection.
Image credit: Sangita Bhatia/MIT

A team of researcher has engineered a ‘malaria-in-a-dish’ method that paves the way for better treatments.  More...

Human dispersal and the evolution of languages show strong link

dispersal of phonemes

Geneticists have famously tracked small differences in the human genetic code to trace the evolution and spread of humans out of Africa.  More...

insulin Smart Insulin: turned on when blood sugar levels are too high

For patients with diabetes, insulin is critical to maintaining good health and normal blood-sugar levels....

PLAGUE ANALYSIS: Barbara Bramanti is looking for remnants of old plague bacteria in a plague victim from Florence who died during the Justinian Plague in the mid-500s AD. Photo: Dr. Elsa Pacciani Bacterial DNA from the Black Death found in teeth

Remnants of the genetic makeup of plague bacteria have been found in thousands of victims of...

diabetes Diabetes treatment should be localised: Study

The factors behind the prevalence of diabetes may be affected by the geography and hence the...

Smartphone dongles performed a point-of-care HIV and syphilis test in Rwanda from finger prick whole blood in 15 minutes, operated by health care workers trained on a software app.
Image credit:  Samiksha Nayak for Columbia Engineering $34 smartphone dongle that can detect HIV, syphilis in 15 mins

A team of researchers has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a "point-of-care" test...
normal and drought resistant plants

Plants Reprogrammed To Survive Droughts

Crops and other plants are constantly faced with adverse environmental conditions, such as rising temperatures and lessening fresh water supplies..
New research conducted at MSU has, for the first time, revealed the crystal structure of a key protein, TSPO, which is associated with several forms of anxiety disorders. Courtesy of Jian Liu

Structure of anxiety disorder protein revealed

New research has revealed the crystal structure of a key protein, TSPO, which is associated with several forms of anxiety disorders...
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