We’ve smuggled tiny diamonds into cells to shine light on the development of cancer

Over the years, scientists have put together an amazing array of microscopic markers that they can place within cells whenever they need to label and observe distinct parts of a cell’s interior. Such labeling is used for a wide array of research, including cancer research. But sneaking these markers into cells, through the membrane that protects them from unwanted substances, […]

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Pill testing won’t give people a ‘green light’ to use drugs

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found pill-testing services at Western Australian music festivals would not change people’s intention to take ecstasy if they had not used the drug before, a common argument used by opponents of pill testing. The study also found people who planned to take ecstasy at the festival reported they would not consume more […]

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Genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics shed light on autoimmune thyroid disease

Scientists at deCODE genetics, a subsidiary of Amgen, and their collaborators from the Icelandic healthcare system, University of Iceland and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, have published a study in Nature comparing over 30,000 patients with autoimmune thyroid disease from Iceland and U.K. with 725,000 controls. Autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) is the most common autoimmune disease and is highly heritable. […]

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Coronavirus: ultraviolet light kills the SARS-CoV-2-virus – Naturopathy naturopathy specialist portal

We can protect ourselves with ultra-violet light in front of corona viruses? The threat posed by COVID-19 is around the world everywhere. We are in urgent need of effective ways to combat the novel Coronavirus. Special ultra-violet light to decontaminate in the location of its surface (possibly also air and water), if these are previously with the SARS-CoV-2 Virus in […]

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Blue light triggers memory and emphatic fear in mice via noninvasive approach

Researchers at the Center for Cognition and Sociality, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea, have engineered an improved biological tool that controls calcium (Ca2+) levels in the brain via blue light. Published in Nature Communications, this optogenetic construct, called monster-OptoSTIM1 or monSTIM1 for short, causes a change in mice’s fear learning behavior without the need of […]

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FDA gives first Ebola vaccine for adults the green light

(HealthDay)—The first Ebola vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is a single-dose injection called Ervebo. The vaccine from Merck & Co. is approved to protect against the Zaire ebolavirus in people ages 18 years and older. In the United States, Ebola infections are rare. Confirmed cases have involved people in other countries who became infected and then […]

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Adding red light to artificial lungs to reduce carbon monoxide in poisoned patients

A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has found that it is possible to remove carbon monoxide (CO) from blood by shining a red light on it as it moves through an artificial lung. In their paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, they describe their device and how well it worked during testing […]

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