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Biology and biochemistry refer to the scientific study of life and living organisms in all forms and processes - including the study of chemical processes relating to living organisms. MNT covers news on cellular, molecular and physical discoveries, nanot

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Thirst: Our brains tell us when to stop drinking

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Our bodies keep a tight check on our water levels to stop us from dehydrating. But how do we know when we are thirsty and when we have drunk enough?

Lupus risk almost three times higher after trauma

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Post-traumatic stress disorder or any traumatic experience could increase the risk of lupus by almost threefold, according to new research.

Boost weight loss by taking 2-week dieting breaks, says study

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Men who took 2-week breaks from a calorie-restricted diet lost more weight than those who dieted continuously, new research reveals.

Coralberry extract could offer better asthma treatment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Recent research suggests that a substance extracted from the leaves of a common ornamental plant may provide an effective treatment for asthma.

Triple-negative breast cancer: Is a new treatment within reach?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers are investigating the potential of a newly developed inhibitor that could lead to targeted treatments for an aggressive type of breast cancer.

Gut flora dictates how much weight we can lose

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Danish researchers show that the proportion of certain bacteria in our guts influences how much weight we can lose and under what circumstances.

'Superbug' bacteria gang up on us, fueled by antibiotic use, nursing home study suggests

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Understanding the ecosystem of multidrug-resistant bacteria, and how antibiotics affect them, could lead to better infection prevention.

Gut bacteria may 'hack' your body clock, affecting weight

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New research conducted in mice suggests that the gut microbiome may influence the circadian rhythm, playing an important role in regulating fat intake.

Fathers can influence the sex of their offspring, scientists show

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

It has traditionally been thought that in mammals only mothers are able to influence the sex of their offspring.

Could this protein explain why drinking can be so pleasurable?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New research has identified a protein tied to structural changes that take place in one of the brain's reward centers after too much drinking.

Could a small molecule prevent melanoma in redheads?

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Redheaded, pale-skinned people are known to have a greater risk of melanoma, but scientists may have discovered a way to reduce this risk.

How do muscles work?

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Find out how muscles move, how they repair themselves after injury, and why scientists say that antioxidants after exercise might not be good after all.

Reconstructing life at its beginning, cell by cell

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

After 13 rapid divisions a fertilized fly egg consists of about 6,000 cells. They all look alike under the microscope.

Dietary supplement may help older adults to keep warm

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A recent study found that a dose of L-carnitine helped older mice to better maintain their internal temperature during a cold snap.

Killing cancer with vitamin C: Hype or hope?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Millions of people die from cancer each year. Find out what scientists know about vitamin C's powers to target, kill, and change the fate of cancer cells.

Study suggests brain's ability to recognize faces is shaped through repeated exposure

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have long deemed the ability to recognize faces innate for people and other primates - something our brains just know how to do immediately from birth.

New sleep-promoting brain cells identified

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study identifies a range of neurons that promote sleep by inhibiting the activity of other neurons. The study may change how we approach insomnia.

Protein turnover could be clue to living longer

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

It may seem paradoxical, but studying what goes wrong in rare diseases can provide useful insights into normal health.

Biosensor could help diagnose illnesses directly in serum

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In this age of fast fashion and fast food, people want things immediately. The same holds true when they get sick and want to know what's wrong.

Patient plays saxophone while surgeons remove brain tumor

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Music is not only a major part of Dan Fabbio's life, as a music teacher it is his livelihood.

Body clock gene variations may lead to stress migraines

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research finds that two variants of the so-called CLOCK gene, which regulates our circadian rhythm, combined with financial stress may cause migraines.

Asparagus pee: What causes the smell?

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A few stems of asparagus can leave a lasting impression on some. Find out what causes asparagus pee, and why some are under its spell while others aren't.

Cancer: Novel cell death technique may be better than chemo

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 02:00:00 PDT

A study suggests that a new cell death method - called caspase-independent cell death - could be more effective that current treatments for killing cancer.

Bowel cancer study reveals impact of mutations on protein networks

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The results show the important role proteins play in predicting the effects of mutations and the cancer's response to drugs.

Eyelashes: The eyeball's flirtatious bodyguards

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Eyelashes might look pretty, but they also have a serious job: to keep dust away from our eyes. If they are too long, they can no longer fulfill this role.