Archive for obesity

may 2015

Today’s posting: courtesy of Harvard University researchers and science writers

Activating genes on demand
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University — March 3, 2015

Blood Work
“Decreased red blood cell clearance appears to predict serious disease”
Harvard Medical School News — April 28, 2015

How to Kill a Protein
“Cells have been doing it for millions of years, and we’re just starting to learn their tactics”
Harvard Medical School News — April 22, 2015
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“Artificially activating a neural link in mice can reduce eating without chronic hunger”
Harvard Medical School News — April 28, 2015
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New Chapter in Epigenetics
“Unsuspected DNA modification raises possibility of new carrier of heritable epigenetic information”
Harvard Medical School News — April 30, 2015
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‘New clarity’ against Alzheimer’s
“Recent findings open the door for a breakthrough, Tanzi says”
Harvard Gazette, Science and Health/Health and Medicine — May 5, 2015

Zooming in on Transcription
“How RNA machinery navigates our genomic obstacle course”
Harvard Medical School News — April 23, 2015

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May 2014: 1

A fattening gene
“Max Planck researchers discover a gene that controls fat metabolism”
Max Planck Gesellschaft research news — April 28, 2014

Cellular Crosstalk
“Sensory nerve cells instruct immune cells in mouse model of psoriasis”
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical news — April 23, 2014

Columbia Engineers Grow Functional Human Cartilage in Lab
Holly Evarts, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science news — April 30, 2014

Delving deep into the brain
“MRI sensor allows neuroscientists to map neural activity with molecular precision”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — May 1, 2014

First comprehensive atlas of human gene activity released
Todd Datz, Harvard School of Public Health news — March 26, 2014

MRI, on a molecular scale
“Researchers develop system that one day could peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules”
Peter Reuell, Harvard Gazette — April 17, 2014

Environment news

Study in Science finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifers
Louise Lerner, Argonne National Laboratory press release — May 1, 2014

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March 2014: 4

Bright Future for Protein Nanoprobes
Berkeley Lab Researchers Discover New Rules for Single-Particle Imaging with Light-Emitting Nanocrystals
Lynn Yarris, News Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory– March 17, 2014

Brighter inks, without pigment
“Nanostructured capsules could bring about paints and electronic displays that never fade”
Manny Morone ’14, News & Events, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences — March 14, 2014

How Fat May Hurt the Brain, and How Exercise May Help
Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times Well blog — March 5, 2014

New research points to talking-therapy treatments to manage osteoarthritis pain
“Scientists have shown for the first time that the abnormalities in the way the brain experiences pain may be to blame for the chronic pain suffered by osteoarthritis patients”
Alison Barbuti, Media Relations Officer, 
University of Manchester — March 4, 2014

Preschoolers outsmart college students at figuring out gizmos
Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations, University of California, Berkeley — March 6, 2014

Roomy cages built from DNA
“Could be used to deliver drugs, house tiny devices inside human body”
Dan Ferber, Press Contact, Wyss Institute, Harvard University — March 13, 2014

Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems
“Cognitive scientists able to isolate implicit from explicit learning processes”
Pat Donovan, Senior Editor, University of Buffalo news — March 14, 2014

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July 2013: 3

Controlling genes with light
“New technique can rapidly turn genes on and off, helping scientists better understand their function”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — July 22, 2013

Exercise in a Pill? The Search Continues
Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times — July 17, 2013

Genetic Mutation Linked to Severe Obesity
“Mice gain weight even when fed normal amounts of food; similar mutation linked to severe obesity in humans”
Harvard Medical News — July 19, 2013

Searching for Meaningful Markers of Aging
David Stipp, New York Times — July 22, 2013

Single-Cell Sequencing Reveals Genomes of More Than 200 Unusual Microbes
“The approach has unlocked a trove of microbial diversity, obtained from nine diverse environments on Earth, such as hydrothermal vents, a bioreactor and a gold mine”
Erika Check Hayden and Nature magazine — July 15, 2013

Genome engineering (January 2013)

A sharper tool for genome engineering
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical News — January 11, 2013

Editing the genome with high precision
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — January 3, 2013

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