Month: June 2017

Are Friends Better Than Family?

Friendship might become more important than family in the long run, suggests a new study published in the journal Personal Relationships. Friends vs Family We do not choose our family, but we can choose our friends. The latter become more and more important with time, contributing positively to one’s health and happiness to a greater

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Gene Therapy To Turn Off Severe Food Allergies & Asthma

Gene therapy might give long-term protection from severe allergies like asthma by simply turning them off, suggests new research published in JCI Insight. Severe allergies might be turned off with a single intervention, suggests new immunology research conducted by scientists from The University of Queensland (UQ). The team’s main aim is to develop a gene

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The Nose Remembers: Nasal Memory for Flus

Immune cells in the nose remember past viruses, and attack them accordingly, shows a new study published in Science Immunology. The nose of mice remembers: specific immune cells in their nasal tissues were found with the ability to remember, and thus swiftly attack, influenza viruses that had previously infected them. The immune system has a

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Vaginal Bacteria Might Help or Inhibit HIV Prevention

While some vaginal microbes might be assisting in the process of preventing HIV infection, other bacteria might be making drugs less effective by breaking them down, suggest two new studies published in the journal Science. An antiretroviral vaginal gel used for the prevention of HIV infection has been found to be three times more effective

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Planet KELT-9b is Hotter than Stars

Newly-discovered, Jupiter-like planet KELT-9b is hotter than most stars. The findings are published in the journal Nature. Meet the hottest planet, hotter than most stars, planet KELT-9b! It has a day-side temperature of around 4326 degrees Celcius, which makes it only 926ºC cooler than our own star, the sun. Its temperature is just one of

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Dwarf Planet Near Sun Discovered by Amateur Scientists

A new dwarf planet has been spotted near the Sun; the discovery was made by a group of volunteers, four citizen scientists. The findings are published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters. A brown dwarf situated at around 100 light years from the sun has been discovered by four users of a newly-launched citizen-science tool,

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Turning Bacteria into Factories Producing Cancer Drugs

Bacterial cells have been turned into little factories that produce cancer drugs. The new findings documenting the technique used to transform bacteria into drug-making machines are published in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering. A team of researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability of Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) has modified bacterial species E. coli to produce

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