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Reproducibility Crisis – Why We Need More Dark Reactions Projects

Reproducibility, Reproducibility Crisis

Part 1 of the ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ Series In a May 2016 Nature Magazine survey, 1,576 scientific researchers were asked various questions about the so-called ‘Reproducibility Crisis’.  Of the participants, 52% said that there was a significant crisis, while another 38% suggested that there is only a slight crisis. It seems that what once looked overblown […]

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Are Cats Responsible for Schizophrenia?

T. Gondii, T. Gondii and Schizophrenia

  Our feline friends may have earned a bad reputation as the moodiest common house pets, but can they be responsible for schizophrenia? While cats certainly cannot cause such severe mental illness, recent research has, in fact, revealed a link between a particular cat parasite and development of the disorder. […]

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3 Hurdles to the Precision Medicine Revolution

precision medicine, precision medicine revolution

Precision medicine, which exists at the confluence of pharmacology, various ‘omics’ fields and data science, is the latest buzzword promising the eventual solution to all health problems by the personalization of the treatment process. The approach accepts the complexity of and variance between humans, and attempts to develop drugs for […]

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The Epigenetic Wars, Starring Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddharta Mukherjee, Siddharta Mukherjee New Yorker

Siddhartha Mukherjee, a physician and the author of The Emperor of All Maladies, recently published a piece in the New Yorker to promote his new book Gene: An Intimate History. While the book has already become Mukherjee’s second New York Times Bestseller, the article in the New Yorker has generated […]

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What Are Prions? Exploring A Plant’s Long Term Memory

What are Prions?, Prions in Plants

Biologists have argued over the thinking power and consciousness of plants for centuries. This argument is still very much alive today, as scientists continue to study plants they steadily find new examples of “thinking”. Plants and Memory Some of the strongest evidence of plant intelligence is their ability to not […]

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7 Mind Bending Facts About Plant Epigenetics

Plant Epigenetics, The Epigenetics of Plants

Walking barefoot through the grass or hiking through the woods can invoke a feeling of calm, and a peaceful happiness. It can trigger nostalgic memories, and make us feel connected to nature, and the various life forms around us. Needless to say, being in close proximity to plant life makes […]

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Researchers Make Progress Towards Engineering Restriction Enzymes

Restriction Enzymes

Researchers at Mount Sinai Medical have recently made progress towards engineering restriction enzymes (RM systems) with specified recognition sequences using the enzyme MmeI. These enzymes are widely used in genome editing and cloning. Biotechnology, An Advancing Field The isolation and manipulation of molecular components has steadily improved since the late […]

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Hippocampus Functions, Epigenetic Study Links Obesity and Memory

Hippocampus Functions, Hippocampuand Epigenetic Study

A new study from the University of Birmingham, Alabama by Frankie Heyward et al. has presented the first evidence links hippocampus functions and epigenetic modifications, caused by obesity, to memory impairment. Obesity, Neurobiology, and Epigenetics Obesity is an epidemic that is currently plaguing developed nations around the world. 76 million […]

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