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Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis

Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus HIV while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. The finding is an important step toward developing a … Continue reading

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Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors Shared by 5 Psychiatric Disorders – NYTimes.com

The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if … Continue reading

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Scientists Identify Protein that Blocks HIV, Ebola, Nipah, Other Pathogenic Viruses | Medicine | Sci-News.com

U.S. scientists led by Prof Genhong Cheng of the University of California Los Angeles have identified a natural protein with broad virus-fighting properties that could be used against deadly pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Nipah and … Continue reading

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NPR.org » Folic Acid For Pregnant Mothers Cuts Kids’ Autism Risk

The link between folic acid and autism risk is especially striking because the supplement is so cheap and easy to get, Lipkin says. “The notion that a very simple, nontoxic food supplement could reduce your risk is profound,” he says.There … Continue reading

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Genetically engineered virus kills liver cancer

A genetically-engineered virus tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients significantly prolonged their lives, killing tumours and inhibiting the growth of new ones, scientists reported on Sunday. via Genetically engineered virus kills liver cancer.

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Small-molecule drug drives cancer cells to suicide : Nature News & Comment

Cancer researchers have pinned down a molecule that can kick-start the body’s own tumour-destroying systems, triggering cell death in cancerous but not healthy tissue in mice. via Small-molecule drug drives cancer cells to suicide : Nature News & Comment.

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Origin of intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident

Scientists have discovered for the first time how humans – and other mammals – have evolved to have intelligence.Researchers have identified the moment in history when the genes that enabled us to think and reason evolved.This point 500 million years … Continue reading

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Drug From Chinese ‘Thunder God Vine’ Slays Tumors in Mice – Bloomberg

A drug made from a plant known as “thunder god vine,” or lei gong teng, that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, wiped out pancreatic tumors in mice, researchers said, and may soon be tested in humans.Mice treated with … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s drug ‘slows memory loss by a third’ – Telegraph

Combined results from two trials shows the drug, called solanezumab, slows the speed of mental decline by a third in those with mild-to-moderate disease. via Alzheimer’s drug ‘slows memory loss by a third’ – Telegraph.

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Biologist discovers mammal with salamander-like regenerative abilities

“The African spiny mouse appears to regenerate ear tissue in much the way that a salamander regrows a limb that has been lost to a predator,” said Ashley W. Seifert, a postdoctoral researcher in UF’s biology department. “Skin, hair follicles, … Continue reading

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