Friday, April 28, 2017

Genetics and Immortality

  • Youth Suing Trump Bring Climate Fight To Washington
    WASHINGTON — Back home in Hawaii, Journey Zephier is a vocal opponent of the genetically modified crop industry and its extensive use of toxic pesticides. But today, the 17-year-old activist finds himself at the center of a much larger fight: climate change. Zephier, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, is among ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Science – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators
    Modern genetic tools have provided new details of how domestication changes animals as they become entwined with humans. ... Read more...
    Source: NY Times – Science – GeneticsPublished on Thursday, April 27th, 2017By KENNETH CHANG
  • 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
  • What I’ve Learned From Bill Nye
    Recently, I’ve written about how fake news and deceptive publishing practices are making it difficult for consumers to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to science. This issue is always top of mind for me, because whenever I speak at conferences or talk to reporters, I am inevitably asked at least one question about false claims, “internet myths,” and even retracted “scientific” studies regarding GMOs. Even if a claim has been debunked for years, ... Read more...
    Source: Huffington Post – Science – GeneticsPublished on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • 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
  • Genetics are key to hormone therapy lowering risk of broken bones in older women
    Women at the highest genetic risk for fracture benefit the most from hormone therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by researchers at the University at Buffalo. ... 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
  • Digging for the truth?: Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland
    In the summer of 2014, reports that a ‘septic tank grave’ containing the skeletal remains of ‘800 babies’ was discovered within the grounds of a former home for ‘unmarried mothers’ in Tuam, County Galway, featured prominently as an international news ‘story.’ Interest in the issue was prompted by the tireless and tenacious work of a local amateur historian, Catherine Corless, whose research revealed that, during the 36 years between the Home’s foundation in 1925 and ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By DanP
  • Are the microbes in our gut affecting how fast we age?
    The collection of microbial life in the gut, known as the microbiota, may be considered an accessory organ of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a self-contained, multi-cellular, biochemically active mass with specialized functions. Some functions are important for life such as vitamin K synthesis, an essential molecule in blood clotting. Others are responsible for training and maintaining a healthy immune system or digesting indigestible food products such as insoluble fiber. Like other organs, the microbiota ... Read more...
    Source: Oxford University Press – Science and MedicinePublished on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017By DanP
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