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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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Chronic fatigue syndrome: Does the thyroid play a role?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Chronic fatigue syndrome remains a puzzling condition with unknown causes. A recent study now asks whether or not thyroid hormones could be at its root.

How cats could help to treat HIV

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

A study has unraveled the structure of a protein that fuels drug resistance in feline immunodeficiency virus. The finding may lead to new HIV treatments.

Many non-antibiotic drugs can alter gut bacteria

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new study reveals that many marketed non-antibiotic drugs affect the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

How brown fat could lead to better weight loss drugs

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that by understanding the specific characteristics of brown fat we may be able to find better therapies for weight management.

Cancer cells' survival strategy defeated with new approach

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Cancer cells can evade destruction by entering a 'limbo' state. A new study explains how this happens and suggests a new approach to eliminate tumor cells.

Which diet is best for the aging brain? Study investigates

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

New research in mice reveals that a low-fat diet combined with calorie restriction prevents aging-associated microglia-driven inflammation in the brain.

Adult brains make no new 'memory' cells

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

The birth of new neurons in the human hippocampus declines steeply in childhood and is 'undetectable' in adulthood, according to a challenging new study.

Could our blood reveal our future dementia risk?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new study has proposed that blood levels of branched-chain amino acids and other metabolites may reveal risk of future dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Could a sunny climate prevent MS?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A new study asks how much sun exposure during a person's lifespan could help to protect them against the onset of multiple sclerosis.

Red wine compound may 'inhibit' poxviruses

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A high concentration of resveratrol — which is a compound found in many food plants — can reduce replication of two poxviruses in human cells, study finds.

How much blood is in the human body?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Everyone has a different amount of blood in their body depending on their age and size. How many pints does the average person have? How much can you lose?

Diabetes: Study proposes five types, not two

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:00:00 PDT

The main types of diabetes are classified as type 1 and type 2. A new study, however, says that the condition should be categorized as five types.

Parkinson's disease: Why do brain cells die?

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new study has shown that a mitochondrial molecule called cardiolipin helps to correctly fold alpha-synuclein protein, whose incorrectly folded forms are found in Lewy bodies.

The hidden power of daffodils in the fight against cancer

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

New research has uncovered the hidden molecular potential of a daffodil extract — an alkaloid named hemanthamine — in the fight against cancer.

What percentage of our brain do we use?

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Do we really use just 10 percent of our brains? We take a look at brain facts and myths, and reveal tips for improving brain functioning.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Scorpion venom compound may halt progression

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal how a compound found in the venom of the Indian red scorpion halted the progression of rheumatoid arthritis in rats, bringing us one step closer to a new treatment for the disease.

This simple test may reveal your true biological age

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Scientists have come up with a simple, effective way to find out our body's true biological age. The findings may help to prevent age-related illness.

How fasting boosts exercise's effects on endurance

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A new study, conducted in mice that exercised on a treadmill for 45 minutes per day for 2 months, found that feeding only on alternate days enhanced endurance.

Left brain vs. right brain: Fact and fiction

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PDT

In this article, we explore the idea that people can be left-brained or right-brained, and look at the different functions of the two hemispheres.

Can we 'deactivate' celiac disease?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Celiac disease is underpinned by a complex chemical reaction. Researchers have now found a way to deactivate a crucial part of this reaction, which may — in the future — make it possible to treat the condition.

What are lymphocytes and what are healthy levels to have?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Learn more about lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. We look at their function, normal levels, and what happens if levels are too high or too low.

How one enzyme could stop the spread of cancer

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A study reveals that activation of the enzyme RIPK1 can trigger cell death in cancer cells poised to migrate by causing them to degrade their mitochondria.

Fathers, your stress could affect your child's brain

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

The stress that fathers experience over their lifetime can alter their sperm in ways that influence brain development in their offspring, a study shows.

'Too much' brain calcium may cause Parkinson's

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Calcium may affect how alpha-synuclein — a protein linked to Parkinson's — interacts with structures important for chemical signaling between brain cells.

The 10 things you should know about your vagina

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Think you know all there is to know about your lady parts? Think again. Here, we take you through 10 things that you should know about the vagina.