Genetic deletion boosts schizophrenia risk by 30X

A common genetic deletion boosts the risk for schizophrenia by 30-fold. Generating nerve cells from people with the deletion shows why.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: schizophrenia brains health-and-medicine nerve-cells

To make mini-organs grow faster, give them a squeeze

Study finds that compressing cells, and crowding their contents, can coax them to grow and divide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics cancer biology research cells mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering biological-engineering

New virtual reality software allows scientists to ‘walk’ inside cells

Virtual reality software which allows researchers to ‘walk’ inside and analyse individual cells could be used to understand fundamental problems in biology and

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: virtual-reality chemistry cell imaging microscopy

An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19

Patients suffering from severe COVID-19 may be experiencing a rogue antibody response similar to that seen in autoimmune diseases. The findings offer new approaches for COVID-19 therapy.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor, Lowance Center for Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
Oct. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  immune-system  pandemic  sars-cov-2  viruses  infection  cytokine-storm  antibody  autoimmune-diseases  b-cell

Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages

Older coronavirus patients face grimmer outlooks. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.

Brian Geiss, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology, Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus immune-system t-cells immunology aging donald-trump sars-cov-2 immunity adaptive-immune-response innate-immune-response immune-response white-blood-cells t-cell immune-function coronavirus-pandemic diagnostic-test

Measuring chips amplify and record nerve cells

New microelectrode-array chips for measuring nerve impulses have way more electrodes than previous systems.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: stem-cells cells science-and-technology health-and-medicine nerves electrodes

Luminescent DNA tool makes cell forces visible

"It's extremely challenging to image the forces of a living cell at a high resolution." Scientists compare their luminescent DNA method to fireflies.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Sept. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna cells fluorescence health-and-medicine imaging-technology

Map of the human heart could guide treatments

Highly detailed map of the human heart could guide personalized heart treatments.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology harvard-medical-school brigham-and-womens-hospital cardiovascular-disease cells

The neural cruelty of captivity: Keeping large mammals in zoos and aquariums damages their brains

Life in captivity causes observable harm to the structure and function of large mammals' brains.

Bob Jacobs, Professor of Neuroscience, Colorado College • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  brain  mammals  brain-cells  zoos  elephants  animal-care  captive-wildlife

New stem cell technique could create placenta tissue

An unexpected discovery could provide stem cells for the creation of placenta tissue. Until now, that hasn't been possible.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: placenta stem-cells pregnancy health-and-medicine

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