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Biology / Biochemistry News From Medical News Today

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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Blood test could predict pregnancy complications, poor fetal growth

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers find that low levels of a protein called DLK1 in the blood of pregnant women could indicate a greater risk of pregnancy complications.

How human eggs end up with the wrong number of chromosomes

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

One day before ovulation, human oocytes begin to divide into what will become mature eggs.

Study finds earliest evidence in fossil record for right-handedness

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Perhaps the bias against left-handers dates back much further than we thought.

Muscles have circadian clocks that control exercise response

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The time of day determines a muscle's energy efficiency and metabolic response.

'Mean girl' meerkats can make twice as much testosterone as males

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Testosterone. It's often lauded as the hormone that makes males bigger, bolder, stronger.

Nose cells could help repair damaged knee cartilage

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Doctors report - 2 years post-transplantation - improvements in most of 10 patients with damaged knees repaired with cartilage grown from their nose cells.

University of Florida researchers find genetic change that caused snakes to lose legs

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

About 150 million years ago, snakes roamed about on well-developed legs. Now, two University of Florida researchers have discovered how snakes' legs eventually disappeared.

Overlooked molecules could revolutionise our understanding of the immune system

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Thousands of new immune system signals have been uncovered with potential implications for immunotherapy, autoimmune diseases and vaccine development.

Scientists reveal link between cell metabolism and the spread of cancer

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have discovered a crucial factor in the spread of cancer.

Could migraines be caused by the bacteria in our mouths?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Migraines have proven notoriously difficult to understand. New research points the finger at oral bacteria. Could the culprit have finally been found?

A stem cell gene found to command skeletal muscle regeneration

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Prox1 gene has long been known to play an important role in fetal development. Finnish researchers have now discovered that Prox1 is essential also for skeletal muscle stem cell differentiation.

Post breastfeeding tissue remodelling explained by new research

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The human body can usually cope with the limited amount of detritus created from normal cellular lifecycles through the deployment of immune cells to remove the material.

A step forward in building functional human tissues

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Toward the ultimate goal of engineering human tissues and organs that can mimic native function for use in drug screening, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine, a Wyss Institute team led by...

TSRI and STSI scientists use 'molecular autopsies' to find clues to sudden death

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Sudden death strikes approximately 11,000 people under age 45 in the U.S. every year, leaving living relatives with troubling questions about their own risk.

Scientists uncover how spreading cancer adapts to its environment

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Spreading tumor cells are able to adapt their metabolism to the specific organs they are invading.

Stem cell manipulation shows promise for cartilage renewal and joint repair

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Mouse study furthers idea that manipulating resident stem cells could help patients with TMJ disorders and other fibrocartilage diseases or injuries.

Pitt scientists identify how repair protein finds DNA damage

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) have demonstrated how Rad4, a protein involved in DNA repair, scans the DNA in a...

Cancer cells have Alzheimer's disease, too

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A study published by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine describes that certain proteins playing a role in cancer progression...

New method to detect ageing cells - and aid rejuvenation therapies - developed by researchers

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Scientists have discovered a new way to look for ageing cells across a wide range of biological materials; the new method will boost understanding of cellular development and ageing as well as the...

Night shift work 'does not raise breast cancer risk,' study finds

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Contrary to a review from the World Health Organization in 2007, a new study finds no link between night shift work and increased risk of breast cancer.

Maximum human lifespan has already been reached, Einstein researchers conclude

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A study published online in Nature by Albert Einstein College of Medicine scientists suggests that it may not be possible to extend the human life span beyond the ages already attained by the...

Photoreactive compound allows protein synthesis control with light

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Okayama University researchers control the timing and location of protein synthesis using a photoresponsive compound that is an inactive key molecule until it is activated by brief irradiation.

New drug target for asthma, autoimmune disorders identified

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Researchers discover the cell surface protein PD-1, an existing drug target for some cancers, could also be a target for autoimmune disorders like asthma.

Adaptation to food deprivation as a clue for treating metabolic diseases

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

When people are deprived of food, a number of biological mechanisms are set in motion to adapt the body's metabolism to the conditions of scarcity.

Keeping your synapses sharp: How spermidine reverses age-related memory decline

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Synapses, connecting the neurons in our brains, continuously encode new memories, but the ability to form new memories ("learning") diminishes drastically for many of us as we get older.