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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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Scientists create new molecule to combat pain

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

A decoy molecule that interrupts reactions that occur at the site of an injury could lead to new pain drugs that do not involve the central nervous system.

How gum disease could lead to cancer

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

How well do you look after your oral health? New research has now linked the bacteria responsible for gum disease with certain types of cancer.

Anti-aging proteins may treat diabetes, obesity, and cancer

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

A study explores proteins involved in longevity, which may help design treatments for a range of diseases, including obesity, some cancers, and diabetes.

What gaining and shedding weight does to our body

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Putting on and losing weight even for a short time can result in dramatic changes in the body's molecular profile, according to a study of personal omics.

How immune cells can be controlled to kill cancer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

Researchers have engineered immune system T cells that are primed to find and kill cancer cells and can be remotely activated with noninvasive ultrasound.

Trouble losing weight? This might be why

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Some people find it harder to lose weight than others, but why is this? A new study has identified a molecule in fat cells that could be to blame.

We know all about taste — or do we? Study finds new mechanism

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

When we perceive three of our basic tastes — sweet, savory, and bitter — we might have more than one 'taste channel' to fall upon, a new study suggests.

Weight loss breakthrough: Sunlight is key

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

New research explains the mystery behind winter weight gain, and the good news is that it has nothing to do with how much we eat. Instead, sunlight is key.

Could targeting the body clock stall brain cancer?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

Researchers explore a potential new cancer treatment: an experimental drug that interacts with the body clock, stalling the growth of cancer cells.

Your brain cell structure could influence obesity risk

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

A genetic predisposition to obesity involves a signaling pathway that occurs in primary cilia, or antenna-like projections on brain cells, says new study.

Night shifts raise women's cancer risk

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Women who work long-term night shifts may be at increased risk of developing cancer, especially breast cancer, reveals a new study.

How sniffing your partner's shirt could combat stress

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

Do you occasionally wear your partner's shirt, or snuggle with their PJs when they're away? A new study explains why, and it's not because you miss them.

Why antidepressants fail to work in some people

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Researchers might have uncovered why antidepressants only work in some people and have pinpointed the involvement of the glucocorticoid receptor.

How a skin patch could prevent weight gain

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

A skin patch consisting of drug-loaded microneedles could prevent and treat weight gain by converting white fat into brown fat, say researchers.

Could this device help to prevent the harms of sitting?

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

Using a desk fitted with a device to stimulate leg movement may elevate metabolic rate more than sitting or standing desks, according to new research.

Key mechanism for aggressive breast cancer prevention found

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

Why are some breast cancers more aggressive than others? A new study sheds light on a key molecular interaction that makes cancer more treatment-resistant.

Can an existing drug win against aggressive breast cancer?

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

A cytokine used to treat autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis may be the new weapon in the fight against triple-negative breast cancer.

Parkinson's disease: How toxic proteins damage healthy brain cells

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

Scientists have gained insights into how toxic proteins disrupt healthy cell membranes in a process that leads to brain cell death in Parkinson's disease.

Diabetes: New pathway to treatment suggested by protein culprit

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

A protein tied to the development of anxiety has now also been linked to the onset of type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, scientists may know how to block it.

What is Cladosporium and what are its health effects?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

We take a look at the health effects of the common mold Cladosporium, the associated symptoms it can cause, and some removal tips.

Breast cancer: These gene variations may shorten young women's survival

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research finds that young women with early-onset breast cancer possess variations in a specific gene that might affect their survival.

Parkinson's: Could this existing drug halt disease progression?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

A 50-year-old drug that is commonly used to treat tapeworm infections is found to contain a molecule that can protect against Parkinson's disease.

Cancer: Some immune cells found to give tumors a helping hand

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

A study shows that neutrophils, a type of immune cell, work with the protein Snail to maintain a microenvironment that favors tumor growth in lung cancer.

Could our body clock help to prevent cancer?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal how a newly discovered role for our biological clock, or circadian rhythm, may help to prevent or treat cancer.

Alzheimer's brain damage halved with gene-targeting compound

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

Scientists have designed a molecule that can interfere with the production of the APOE protein. Mouse tests reveal that the compound prevents brain damage.