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Researchers electronically link the brains of pairs of rats

Researchers have electronically linked the brains of pairs of rats for the first time, enabling them to communicate directly to solve simple behavioral puzzles. A further test of this work successfully linked the brains of two animals thousands of miles apart.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2013

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Swine cells could power artificial liver

Scientists are examining a line of "immortal" swine cells that can differentiate into liver cells. These cells could be part of an artificial liver device, which could reduce the need for liver transplants.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2013

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Sweet news for stem cell's 'Holy Grail'

Scientists have used sugar-coated scaffolding to move a step closer to the routine use of stem cells in the clinic and unlock their huge potential to cure diseases from Alzheimer's to diabetes.

Posted: Feb 26th, 2013

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Taking the gamble out of DNA sequencing

Scientists have developed an algorithm to predict how much can be learned in a large-scale DNA sequencing experiment -- with potential applications in every field of science.

Posted: Feb 24th, 2013

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Analytical trick accelerates protein studies

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found a new way to accelerate a workhorse instrument that identifies proteins. The high-speed technique could help diagnose cancer sooner and point to new drugs for treating a wide range of conditions.

Posted: Feb 24th, 2013

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Antibacterial protein's molecular workings revealed

Scientists report new insights to the workings of calprotectin - including a detailed structural view of how it binds the metal manganese. Their findings could guide efforts to develop novel antibacterials that limit a microbe's access to metals.

Posted: Feb 21st, 2013

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IBN creates unlimited source of human kidney cells

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have successfully generated human kidney cells from human embryonic stem cells in vitro. Specifically, they produced the renal cells under artificial conditions in the lab without using animals or organs. This has not been possible until now.

Posted: Feb 21st, 2013

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Cell growth mechanism uncovered

A Melbourne-based research team has discovered a genetic defect that can halt cell growth and force cells into a death-evading survival state.

Posted: Feb 20th, 2013

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Crowdsourcing killer outbreaks (w/video)

A crowdsourcing effort is underway to tackle the ash dieback disease declared endemic in the UK that threatens the 129,000 hectares of woodland that Britain's 80M ash trees cover.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2013

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