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  • April 30, 2014
  • 12:00 PM
  • 195 views

Gene editing tool upgrated for human use

by Q-Dragon in United Academics

The biotechnology tool known as CRISPR is making a big impact on medicine and other fields. It’s a collection of enzymes, originally found in the immune system of certain bacteria. One enzyme targets a particular gene, and its companion cuts out that section of DNA which may enable further changes.... Read more »

Tsai SQ, Wyvekens N, Khayter C, Foden JA, Thapar V, Reyon D, Goodwin MJ, Aryee MJ, & Joung JK. (2014) Dimeric CRISPR RNA-guided FokI nucleases for highly specific genome editing. Nature biotechnology. PMID: 24770325  

  • April 29, 2014
  • 05:48 AM
  • 232 views

11 Tips To Write Popular Science Articles

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

As a science editor for United Academics, a website that contains numerous popular scientific articles, I explored the website to find what components make science articles more attractive. I analyzed several articles that were frequently shared on social network sites. Here are eleven tips and tricks I filtered out of these articles:... Read more »

  • April 28, 2014
  • 08:09 AM
  • 348 views

Brewing New Futures: The Concoction Of Urban Laboratories

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Urban laboratories can serve as new places for knowledge production and direct application with the goal of making cities more economically viable, socially robust and environmentally friendly.... Read more »

  • April 24, 2014
  • 04:48 AM
  • 269 views

What You Need To Know About The New Ebola Outbreak

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Recent outbreaks of Ebola virus in Guinea have made international news. Ebola virus was first identified in 1976 in the region that is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. The virus was named after the river near where it was found. Since 1976, there have been multiple outbreaks in central Africa, but this year is the first time that an outbreak has occurred as far west as Guinea and Sierra Leone.... Read more »

Groseth, A., Feldmann, H., & Strong, J. (2007) The ecology of Ebola virus. Trends in Microbiology, 15(9), 408-416. DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2007.08.001  

Pettitt, J., Zeitlin, L., Kim, D., Working, C., Johnson, J., Bohorov, O., Bratcher, B., Hiatt, E., Hume, S., Johnson, A.... (2013) Therapeutic Intervention of Ebola Virus Infection in Rhesus Macaques with the MB-003 Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail. Science Translational Medicine, 5(199), 199-199. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3006608  

  • April 23, 2014
  • 07:00 AM
  • 202 views

How ginseng works against flu

by Patricia Pedro in United Academics

Not that long ago, I heard about ginseng in my Plants’ Diversity class, but it was not given that much relevance. Soon after that, ginseng teas and supplements and a panoply of ginseng-made products appeared in the market. Then I finally realized I may not have given ginseng the importance it deserves.... Read more »

Lee JS, Hwang HS, Ko EJ, Lee YN, Kwon YM, Kim MC, & Kang SM. (2014) Immunomodulatory activity of red ginseng against influenza A virus infection. Nutrients, 6(2), 517-29. PMID: 24473234  

  • April 22, 2014
  • 04:22 AM
  • 246 views

Are Neuroimaging researchers headed the Sheldon Cooper way?

by Harsha Radhakrishnan in United Academics

The ultimate goal of all these projects is to be able to reconstruct the human brain – have a definitive computer model or a database of every neuron and its cell type and the connections between each individual cell. Is this feasible?... Read more »

Oh SW, Harris JA, Ng L, Winslow B, Cain N, Mihalas S, Wang Q, Lau C, Kuan L, Henry AM.... (2014) A mesoscale connectome of the mouse brain. Nature, 508(7495), 207-14. PMID: 24695228  

  • April 17, 2014
  • 06:30 AM
  • 391 views

Do nanoparticles have a "brand new" property?

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

A new study reveals that nanoparticles can break the rules of thermodynamic: what do these findings imply? An interview with one of the researchers. ... Read more »

  • April 16, 2014
  • 05:33 AM
  • 270 views

New Explanation For Depression And Chronic Stress

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

In a study just published in Nature Medicine, researchers have identified a new mechanism that is at least in part responsible for the brain alterations caused by loss of mTORC1 in patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder.... Read more »

Ota KT, Liu RJ, Voleti B, Maldonado-Aviles JG, Duric V, Iwata M, Dutheil S, Duman C, Boikess S, Lewis DA.... (2014) REDD1 is essential for stress-induced synaptic loss and depressive behavior. Nature medicine. PMID: 24728411  

  • April 15, 2014
  • 04:37 AM
  • 298 views

A Brief History Of Lions

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

New DNA study reveals lion history and could guide conservation efforts.... Read more »

  • April 10, 2014
  • 05:00 AM
  • 395 views

Is Sugar Bad For You? Not For Plants And Trees, Study Shows

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

A new study reveals the role of sugars as initial regulator of apical dominance... Read more »

Mason MG, Ross JJ, Babst BA, Wienclaw BN, & Beveridge CA. (2014) Sugar demand, not auxin, is the initial regulator of apical dominance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24711430  

  • April 9, 2014
  • 07:56 AM
  • 246 views

Making An Injured Central Nervous System Grow Again

by Patricia Pedro in United Academics

Most researchers and clinicians think that making axons re-grow is an impossible task. But injecting a molecule named PCAF offers hope, as new research shows.... Read more »

Puttagunta R, Tedeschi A, Sória MG, Hervera A, Lindner R, Rathore KI, Gaub P, Joshi Y, Nguyen T, Schmandke A.... (2014) PCAF-dependent epigenetic changes promote axonal regeneration in the central nervous system. Nature communications, 3527. PMID: 24686445  

  • April 8, 2014
  • 05:19 AM
  • 243 views

Narcissistic CEOs: Are They Self-Serving Takers?

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Narcissism plays a key role in the excessive executive pay culture. What is the impact of having a narcissist at the head of a company?
... Read more »

  • April 7, 2014
  • 04:51 AM
  • 310 views

Africa vs Malaria: The Tables Are Turning

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Wide-ranging analysis shows a decreased transmission intensity in the last decade... Read more »

  • April 3, 2014
  • 06:36 AM
  • 305 views

19th Century Neuroimaging Experiment Manuscripts Found

by Harsha Radhakrishnan in United Academics

Mosso’s 19th century experiments in cerebral blood flow dynamics found and reproduced.... Read more »

  • March 31, 2014
  • 03:00 PM
  • 304 views

Are Drama Queens To Be Trusted? Research Thinks They Are

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Recent study shows incidental emotions change others' reciprocity in trusting situations.... Read more »

  • March 28, 2014
  • 07:59 AM
  • 238 views

Gen FAT10 discovered to promote obesity and age-related diseases

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

New research suggests gene FAT10 would reduce energy metabolism, increase susceptibility to inflammatory states and promote obesity and age-related diseases.... Read more »

Canaan, A., DeFuria, J., Perelman, E., Schultz, V., Seay, M., Tuck, D., Flavell, R., Snyder, M., Obin, M., & Weissman, S. (2014) Extended lifespan and reduced adiposity in mice lacking the FAT10 gene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1323426111  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 08:19 AM
  • 294 views

5 facts explain why we love music

by Flora Brils in United Academics

Music seems of great significance for many. It makes us dance, cheers us up, makes us cry; accompanying us through happy and sad life events. 5 facts give insight in the human love for music.... Read more »

Logeswaran, N., & Bhattacharya, J. (2009) Crossmodal transfer of emotion by music. Neuroscience Letters, 455(2), 129-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2009.03.044  

Locke, D., & Hill, R. (1979) Drums of West Africa: Ritual Music of Ghana. Ethnomusicology, 23(2), 366. DOI: 10.2307/851482  

  • March 25, 2014
  • 04:41 AM
  • 237 views

How You Understand What Your Pet Is Saying

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

If you are used to have a pet, it is even likely for you to understand what your non- human friend is telling you. This ability to correctly identify the feelings of other people or other animals is called voice- induced emotional recognition.... Read more »

  • March 24, 2014
  • 08:19 AM
  • 279 views

Gene Editing As A Treatment for HIV

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

The term ’gene editing’ sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. It seems like something that would be used in a plot to create a master race or defeat alien attackers. In reality, scientists are using this technique to treat diseases that currently have no cure. Earlier this month, a group from the University of Pennsylvania published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in which they used gene editing to treat patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).... Read more »

Tebas P, Stein D, Tang WW, Frank I, Wang SQ, Lee G, Spratt SK, Surosky RT, Giedlin MA, Nichol G.... (2014) Gene editing of CCR5 in autologous CD4 T cells of persons infected with HIV. The New England journal of medicine, 370(10), 901-10. PMID: 24597865  

  • March 23, 2014
  • 04:56 AM
  • 293 views

Invisible Cure For TBI: Good News For NFL And US Army?

by Harsha Radhakrishnan in United Academics

In a recent review in Nature Reviews Neurology, Sharp et al. have discussed the possibility of using network level analysis to further understand effects of TBI and hopefully develop treatment methods.... Read more »

Sharp, D., Scott, G., & Leech, R. (2014) Network dysfunction after traumatic brain injury. Nature Reviews Neurology, 10(3), 156-166. DOI: 10.1038/nrneurol.2014.15  

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