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Scientists have found people’s genes haven’t retained as many fragments of viral DNA as other mammals, maybe due in part to our adoption of tools in lieu of teeth during conquest. Thus, exposure to viruses lurking in the blood may have been lessened. This is not to say people don’t harbor bits of DNA from viruses...

Scientists find just a few microbes are needed to infect lymph node, cause disease A long-held theory about how bubonic plague is caused has been flipped on its head, according to scientists. Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine found that instead of using host cells, some of the plague-causing bacteria travel to lymph nodes in small...

Researchers have found that a protein vital for cell health that has recently been associated with cancer and diabetes, can juggle its cellular to-do list—in effect having two alike protein parts split the workload. A key protein for most life forms—the TH enzyme (transhydrogenase)—works inside mitochondria. “Despite its importance, TH has been one of the least-studied mitochondrial...

Can a new use for an established drug make an even greater impact than the current one? Some researchers in Israel think so. Scientists at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beershaba, Israel, have found that the anti-inflammatory drug alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT), now used to treat type 1 diabetes and various inflammatory problems, may...

When stars collide, it’s not always in a Hollywood action film or on the red carpet. In a much more star-studded event than any movie premiere or awards could ever be, NASA has captured images of a collision of galactic proportions. Through the use of NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, researchers have been given...

Wherever you look, they’re there: Malassezia yeasts. The lipid-dependent fungi are lurking, colonizing the skin on people, warm-blooded animals—as far afield as the recesses of the ocean, in deep-sea vents—and in places far and wide in between. In our skin, the Malassezia disintegrates the fats and uses them for fuel. Researchers examine the possibility that harmful...

While not normally thought of as a club hopping creature capable of glowing in the dark and poisoning predators, the “disco clam” or Ctenoides ales as it is formally known, has been impressing researchers with its ability to light up the sea floor. A team of researchers from the University of California-Berkley presented their findings on...

This year, from December 14 2014 to January 5, 2015, Christmas lights, Hanukah candles, holiday parties and New Year’s celebrations will not be the only traditions observed. The National Audubon Society will hold its 115th annual Christmas Bird Count. Thought to be the largest citizen science endeavor, the CBC is comprised of over 30,000 volunteers worldwide....

“The world has been asleep for 50 years regarding infectious diseases and Ebola is the wake-up call,” said Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Professor Leslie Lobel, one of the few virologists worldwide who has been focused on Ebola, Marburg and other infectious diseases emanating from Africa. According to Dr. Lobel, “Fifty years ago, we were...

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a possible target for therapies that can treat cocaine addiction.  The study, which received advance online publication in Molecular Psychiatry, found evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important...