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Australian Honey Might Contain Threatening Levels of Toxins, Says New Study

Australian honey has been revealed to contain high levels of a natural toxin that might potentially be dangerous, says a new study. On the other hand, honey experts assert that it is not threatening to consumers. Researchers found the presence of natural toxin pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in 41 of 59 types of Australian honey. Its

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Liver-Derived Hormone Can Control Your Sugar Appetite

Your liver loves you for than you would think – and, it successfully translates its care into protective actions. Two independent teams of researchers show that a hormone derived from the liver is behind the regulation of the consumption of sugars and alcohol in mice, and that the molecule also suppresses the intake of sweets

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Are You Impulsive? Blame Your Genes!

Are you one to make decisions impulsively? Or, one with the propensity to choose a readily-available smaller reward over a larger one that will only be obtained in the future? If so, blame your genes! Impulsiveness might just be an inherited trait for some people, as per a new report presented at the annual meeting

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Hope For Type I Diabetics: Scientists Successfully Restore Insulin Production

Scientists from the University of California have come forth with a groundbreaking research that could enhance the quality of life of Type I diabetics who otherwise need daily injections of insulin: they succeeded in boosting the immune system thereby restoring the production of the hormone in the body. The paper is published in the journal

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New Insight In Fat Cell Metabolism Could Boost Treatment For Diabetes & Obesity

A new study conducted by scientists from the University of California provides new insight into fat cell metabolism. The findings might help to understand certain conditions relating to diabetics and obese patients. The paper is published in the Nature Chemical Biology. The results of the new study are relevant to fat cell metabolism pertaining to the

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Human Share 70% of Their Genes With Marine Acorn Worms

Humans share thousands of genes with deep-sea worms, say scientists who have recently analysed the genome of two species of marine acorn worms. Their paper is published in the journal Nature. Genes were taken from two acorn worms –namely Ptychodera flava from Hawaii, and Saccoglossus kowalevskii from the Atlantic Ocean –for analysis. The worms are

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Snake Venom Used To Make Hydrogel To Help Clotting of Wounds

Researchers of a new study have used snake venom to make a hydrogel named SB50 to stop bleeding efficiently. It has been shown to work well even with anti-coagulant medications. The paper is published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Scientists from Rice University, US, have transformed the way the world will view snake venom:

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Scientists Discover Male-Specific Neurones Linked With Seeking Sex

Researchers have identified a pair of male-specific neurones in the brain of male nematodes that cause them to remember and seek sex. The findings are published in the journal Nature. What makes the two sexes different in terms of preferences and behaviour? What are the inner workings in the brain that accommodate for the contrast? The findings

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Removal of these Genes Boosts Lifespan According To New Study

A team of researchers have recently discovered that the removal of 238 genes led to a significant increase in the lifespan of yeast cells. The findings, published in Cell Metabolism, might hopefully have important implications on human ageing as well. The scientists describe their endeavour as providing a broader picture of ageing. “This study looks at ageing in

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Scientists Observe Special Neurones Wrap Around Cells To Deplete Fats

Researchers have been analysing the intricacies of the alimentary canal and nervous system for decades now, but the mechanism behind the signalling pathway of the action of leptin monitoring the breakdown of fats has remained elusive. Findings of a new study, published in Cell, seem to have shed light on the subject: scientists have witnessed

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Scientists Invent Invisibility Cloak For … Microscopic Objects!

Hear out, world, invisibility cloaks are now a reality, albeit on the microscopic level – researchers in the US have achieved the feat . Find the descriptions of the research in the journal Science. Photo credits: Berkeley Lab. Invisibility cloaks might not be restricted to the Harry Potter world as scientists are trying to develop techniques

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Lethal Bacteria Are Not Necessarily The Most Toxic, Says New Study

Harmful bacteria are often associated with the toxins they use on their hosts. It is generally believed that the greater the toxicity the more severe is the disease. A new study, though, has shown that bacterial toxicity and disease severity are not necessarily linked in this way. The new study involves the “major human pathogen”

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