Saturday, April 29, 2017

Genetics and Immortality

  • Slipping expectations for child outcomes
    The movie Moonlight, best-picture Academy Award winner in 2017, was described as epitomizing resilience, a common focus in psychological circles. After experiencing bullying from peers for years and a neglectful and emotionally abusive home life throughout childhood, the main character, Chiron, as an adult forgives his drug-addicted mother when she apologizes to him and he reconnects with his only childhood friend. He was no longer in prison but is a “business man,” a drug dealer. ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017By DanP
  • 100 Ways In 100 Days: Here’s How Trump Has Threatened Human Rights Around The World
    Activists at Amnesty International have catalogued 100 ways Donald Trump’s administration has threatened human rights at home and abroad during the first 100 days of his presidency. Assembling the list, according to the group’s U.S. head, “didn’t take long.”Amnesty USA executive director Margaret Huang said the new list of Trump threats highlights a “level of abuse and fear” that’s unprecedented in the grassroots organization’s 55-year history. I stands in stark contrast to a White House tally of claimed accomplishments since ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Science – GeneticsPublished on Saturday, April 29th, 2017
  • 100 years of E. coli strain Nissle 1917
    Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a common bacteria found in the the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals, including humans. Whilst most strains are harmless, some can cause serious gastroenteritis, or food poisoning. However, one special strain, E. coli strain Nissle 1917 (abbreviated as EcN), is specifically used to prevent digestive disruption. Since its discovery 100 years ago, EcN is probably the most intensely investigated bacterial strain today. Learn more about this special strain below as ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • Low levels of ‘memory protein’ linked to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease
    Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Friday, April 28th, 2017
  • Time of Day Influences Susceptibility to Infections
    Circadian rhythm affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, causing higher susceptibility to infection at certain times of the day. More... ... Read more...
    Source: A4M – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • Managing stress: body
    Stress, anxiety, and tension can be regulated by changing your perspective on forthcoming events or using techniques such as mental imagery or meditation, but they can also be controlled by what you physically do with your body. Techniques such as muscle relaxation, relaxed breathing, and exercise can all be used to decrease the impact of your stress response. Relax your muscles: You’ve probably noticed that stress, anxiety, and worry can cause you to tense up ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By Priscilla Yu
  • Study finds first molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability
    A large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ... Read more...
    Source: Medical News Today – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • Bow wow: scientists create definitive canine family tree
    Study sheds light on breed evolution and why certain types of dog are prone to the same diseases despite appearing to be very different It sounds like the ultimate shaggy dog story, but scientists say they have created the definitive canine family tree.The study not only sheds light on the evolution of different breeds, but also reveals why certain breeds are prone to the same diseases even though they appear to be very different. Related: ... Read more...
    Source: Guardian – GeneticsPublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By Nicola Davis
  • Indian Frog Secretes Virus-destroying Compound Through Its Skin
    A peptide secreted by a species of Indian frog can destroy variants of the influenza virus. Frogs, with little defensive weaponry to rely on, have armed themselves with a chemical arsenal that gets leached out through their skins. In some frogs, this takes the form of deadly poisons; in others, the chemicals have been known to possess psychoactive properties. Hydrophylax bahuvistara, a species of fungoid frog found in India, secretes a substance that protects against viruses. Researche ... Read more...
    Source: Discovery – Medicine – GeneticsPublished on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
  • If your hair is bouncin’ and misbehavin’, you might get away with it: A new verdict for forensics
    Crime labs are being set back by Jeff Session's order to shut down The National Commission on Forensic Science (Credit: takahashi_kei via iStock) Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Justice Department is closing a federal agency formed four years ago that was designed to instill more scientific rigor in the forensic sciences. The National Commission on Forensic Science had been working on best practices for crime labs and had been funding ... Read more...
    Source: Salon – Innovation – GeneticsPublished on Sunday, April 16th, 2017By Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica
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