Tuesday 13 October, 2015

Cure for genetic diseases a step closer

Salk researchers have generated disease-free stem cells from patients with mitochondrial disease that can be converted into any cell type including neuronal progenitors (left) or heart cells (right). These could potentially be used for future transplantation into patients.

Image: Courtesy of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Scientist have developed a method to turn cells from patients into mutation-free stem cells that can treat genetic diseases for which there is currently no cure  More...

by BioNews | Published 3 months ago
Dr Tom Mosley from UMMC.
Picture credit :   UMMC.
By BioNews On Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Gene associated with thinking skills found

Researchers have identified a gene mutation that is linked with thinking skills. The discovery can unravel the secret behind brain ageing and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s  More...

Mountain gorilla genome sequenced
By BioNews On Monday, April 13th, 2015

Genome sequences shed light on population decline of Mountain Gorillas

The first project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas has given scientists and conservationists new insight into  More...

Tyrannosaurs cannibals
By BioNews On Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Tyrannosaurs were violent cannibals

Remains of a mutilated victim provide strong evidence that T. Rex and his kin were violent animals and practised cannibalism. The remains are of the large carnivorous tyrannosaur Daspletosaurus with many injuries More...

By BioNews On Monday, February 9th, 2015

Tapeworms fight to control shared host

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...

By BioNews On Monday, February 9th, 2015

Endangered cave-dwelling fish species discovered in Brazil

Brazilian researchers have found a new species of endangered cave-dwelling fish that is threatened by a destruction of its habitat  More...

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
By BioNews On Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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

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

dispersal of phonemes
By BioNews On Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Human dispersal and the evolution of languages show strong link

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

Chimpanzees grunt calls
By BioNews On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Dutch chimpanzee changed the food calls to match their Scottish counterparts

Chimpanzees living in captivity are capable of learning calls that refer to specific food items.  More...

The lungfish ear is a good model for the ears of the first terrestrial vertebrates. A new study shows that they are capable of detecting airborne sound despite not having a tympanic middle ear.
By BioNews On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Researchers discover how hearing evolved

Lungfish and salamanders can hear, despite not having an outer ear or tympanic middle ear.  More...