Category: Biology

Music’s Effects on Mood Based on Genetics

Sounds like noise and music affect us emotionally, but in different ways, a variability possibly based on genetics. Such are the findings of a new paper published in Neuroscience. Humans are not indifferent to sounds. We are living beings who hear, with not only the ability to respond but with also susceptibilities. Previous research has shown

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Pregnancy Causes Brain Structural Changes, says New Study

Pregnancy causes long-term brain structural changes, says a new study published in Nature Neuroscience. Pregnancy comes with its fair share of changes: no woman who has ever been pregnant will testify to the opposite. A new study extends this general principle to much beyond what our eyes can see—to the inside of the brain. The

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Ageing Increases DNA Mutations In Important Stem Cells

Ageing might be causing numerous DNA mutations in an important type of stem cell, says a new study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. We all know that ageing sucks—the body is no more as it used to be, neither inside nor outside. A new study provides further insight into the changes that occur during

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Men Are Better (Than Women) At Recognising Transformers Faces!

Finally something men are better at doing than women: identifying faces on Transformer toys! Such are the findings of a new study published in Vision Research. Generally, women are either better than men at recognising faces or both genders are equally able. The new study is, therefore, surprising to the scientific world. The researchers behind

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Artificial Mini Lungs Successfully Transplanted into Mice

Scientists can now grow artificial, but human-like, mini lungs, and place them into mice! The findings, published in eLife, could constitute a weapon against lung disease. These tiny lungs are similar to human cells in various aspects. Senior author Jason Spence describes them as being “indistinguishable from human adult tissue“. The mini organs were made through

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Grow Your Own Food From Plant Cells In Your Very Own Kitchen

The future might come with days where we won’t even need plants to have our food as technology can help us grow food ingredients using plant cells in a bioreactor, says a study led by researchers from Finland. The team from Finland has created an appliance, called CellPod, made up of plant cells inside a

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Living Bacteria Successfully Used To Store Gigabytes of Data

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Science breaks the news again. What if, instead of storing information in computers, we were able to do so in living organisms? This has been proven to be possible by a group of researchers from Harvard University who have shown that, not only can code lines be stored in living bacteria, but this data can also

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Extremophile Worm Discovered in Poisonous Sulphur Cave

A new worm species has been discovered in a cave filled with toxic sulphur gas in Colorado – something creeping right out of a horror movie. The findings are published in Zootaxa. The newly-found cave worm is blood-red, and thrives in the dark. Pretty much a vampire-worm, yes. It stays away from the light, and lives

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Scientists Discover Enzyme Protecting Against Alzheimer’s

An enzyme known for its protective effects on the brain might also protect from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, says a new study available on PLOS Biology. Researchers from Indiana University have found that the enzyme known as nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferase 2 (NMNAT2) which is said to shield the brain from oxidative stress can also provide

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Bloodstream Infections, A Growing Challenge

The resilience of pathogens that result in bloodstream infections is discussed in an article published in a special issue of Virulence. The human fight happening at the microscopic and molecular level remains a staunch one – the human body is constantly combating pathogen attack, among which feature bloodstream infections (BSI) which are considered to be resilient.

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Why Men Have Shorter Lives Than Women: Blame the Loss of Y Chromosome

Why do men live relatively shorter lives than women? This question might be partly answered by new findings recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics: the loss of Y chromosome in blood cells of some men might be linked with Alzheimer’s disease. To test their hypothesis of whether loss of Y chromosome in

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Diversity in Nose Shape Defined By 5 Genes Only

The shape of your nose is dictated by 5 genes specifically, says a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Societies are so focused on physical appearance, and other traits that are generally apparent to others, that they tend to restrict the definition of beauty and “what is acceptable”, while the truth is the

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