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March 28, 2020

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From a simple blood draw, microbial DNA may reveal who has cancer and which type, even at ... read more
New research finds that the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces. Scientists found that ... read more
Infectious disease researchers studying the novel coronavirus were able to identify how quickly the virus can spread, a ... read more
In a study of epilepsy patients, researchers monitored the electrical activity of thousands of individual brain cells, called neurons, as patients took memory tests. They ... read more
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COVID-19 Linked to Cardiac Injury, Worse Outcomes for Patients With Heart Conditions

COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a new ... read more

Cellular Train Track Deformities Shed Light on Neurological Disease

A new technique allows researchers to test how the deformation of tiny train track-like cell proteins affects their function. The findings could help clarify the roles of deformed ... read more

Completely New Antibiotic Resistance Gene Has Spread Unnoticed to Several Pathogens

Aminoglycoside antibiotics are critically important for treating several types of infections with multi-resistant bacteria. A completely new resistance gene, which is likely to counteract the newest ... read more

Longer Lives Not Dependent on Increased Energy Use

Growing consumption of energy and fossil fuels over four decades did not play a significant role in increasing life expectancy across 70 countries. New research has quantified the importance of ... read more

For the first time, more 360 scientists from 184 different institutions have contributed to a global effort to find more than 200 regions of the genome and more than 300 specific genetic variations ... read more

How to Identify Factors Affecting COVID-19 Transmission

Professors describe potential transmission pathways of COVID-19 and their ... read more

In Politics and Pandemics, Trolls Use Fear, Anger to Drive Clicks

A new CU Boulder study shows that Facebook ads developed and shared by Russian trolls around the 2016 election were clicked on nine times more than typical social media ads. The authors say the ... read more

Mechanisms to Prevent Crohn's Disease Unveiled

In a series of four studies published today, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) researchers describe the identification of predictive tools and a new understanding of environmental factors that trigger ... read more

Brain Mapping Study Suggests Motor Regions for the Hand Also Connect to the Entire Body

Investigators report that they have used microelectrode arrays implanted in human brains to map out motor functions down to the level of the single nerve cell. The study revealed that an area ... read more

Microbiome May Hold Key to Identifying HPV-Infected Women at Risk for Pre-Cancer

Gardnerella bacteria in the cervicovaginal microbiome may serve as a biomarker to identify women infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) who are at risk for progression to precancer, according to a ... read more

The Genetic Quest to Understand COVID-19

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is now likely to become the fifth endemic coronavirus in humans. Scientists are working to decipher its genome to help us stop other ... read more

As scientists scramble to learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, two recent studies of the virus' genome reached controversial conclusions: namely, that snakes are intermediate hosts of ... read more

A Possible Treatment for COVID-19 and an Approach for Developing Others

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease is more transmissible, but has a lower mortality rate than its sibling, SARS-CoV, according to a new review ... read more

Lipid Helps Heal the Eye's Frontline Protection

A species of a lipid that naturally helps skin injuries heal appears to also aid repair of common corneal injuries, even when other conditions, like diabetes, make healing difficult, scientists ... read more

Experiments in Mice and Human Cells Shed Light on Best Way to Deliver Nanoparticle Therapy for Cancer

Researchers in the cancer nanomedicine community debate whether use of tiny structures, called nanoparticles, can best deliver drug therapy to tumors passively -- allowing the nanoparticles to ... read more

Urgent Guidance, Approach to Identify Patients at Risk of Drug-Induced Sudden Cardiac Death from Use of Off-Label COVID-19 Treatments

Some of the medications being used to treat COVID-19 are known to cause drug-induced prolongation of the QTc of some people. Patients with a dangerously prolonged QTc are at increased risk for ... read more

Despite Failures, Chemo Still Promising Against Dangerous Childhood Brain Cancer, DIPG

The pediatric brain cancer known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is almost uniformly fatal. In part, this is due to where and how it grows, forming as a diffuse net of cells in a part of ... read more

A Critical Enzyme for Sperm Formation Could Be a Target for Treating Male Infertility

Researchers have identified an enzyme essential for the process of male meiosis, the type of cell division that produces sperm. The protein, SKP1, controls one of the key transitions in meiosis. ... read more

Modelling Study Estimates Impact of Physical Distancing Measures on Progression of COVID-19 Epidemic in Wuhan

A new study suggests extending school and workplace closures in Wuhan until April, rather than March, would likely delay a second wave of cases until later in the year, relieving pressure on health ... read more

Weedy Rice Is Unintended Legacy of Green Revolution

Weedy rice is a feral form of rice that infests paddies worldwide and aggressively outcompetes cultivated varieties. A new study led by biologists at Washington University in St. Louis shows that ... read more

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