Month: April 2018

Telomerase discovery paves way for drugs to combat aging and cancer

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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have published the first detailed image of the molecular structure of human telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens chromosomes and extends the lifespan of a cell. Telomerase adds short regions of DNA called telomeres to the ends of chromosomes, which prevent the loss of genetic material during cellular replication. […]

Can microbes manipulate our minds?

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Katerina Johnson (Department of Experimental Psychology) and Kevin Foster (Department of Zoology) assessed data from studies on the gut-brain axis to suggest how ‘that gut feeling’ evolved. Research has shown that gut bacteria (especially species belonging to Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium) can influence social behaviour, anxiety, stress and depressive-like behaviour. Katerina explained: “We know there are […]

The Hottest Sex Research of 2018

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Some scientific studies have the tendency to be, well, a little dry. (We should know—we read thousands of them every year!) But when it comes to sex research, there’s rarely a dull moment. So we combed through our arsenal of bizarre data and useful tips to bring you the best sex and relationship nuggets of […]

Scientists literally brought out the big gun to study the origins of water

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Water is everywhere on our planet. If it’s not crashing against the shore, it’s pounding on the roof, or dripping from the faucet, or pooling right in that spot where you just stepped. But how did all that water get here? It’s a question that has preoccupied planetary scientists for years. Did planets like Earth, Mars, […]

First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Has Been Reported in The US

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A new report suggests that Zika virus has been sexually transmitted between two people in Texas. If confirmed, this will be the first evidence of the virus being spread through sexual contact in the US, and only the second such case worldwide. Zika virus is usually transmitted by mosquitoes, but last year a team of medical […]

Emerging infectious disease threatens Darwin’s frog with extinction

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The Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma darwinii) is the latest amphibian species to face extinction due to the global chytridiomycosis pandemic, according to an international study published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B.  The study has found that Darwin’s frogs are infected with the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), and despite an absence of […]

Rotten egg smell surrounds Uranus

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Seventh planet’s topmost cloud layer is composed of hydrogen sulfide The giant ice planet Uranus’s clouds smell like rotten eggs, data from the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii has revealed. The gas responsible for the odour, hydrogen sulfide, has been identified as the main component of the planet’s upper cloud layer. For a long time, scientists […]

Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

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Summary: Parents of LGBTQ children feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating, reports a new study. Parents don’t know what constitutes safe sexual behaviors for LGBTQ teens and need resources to help them. Parents play an important role in helping their children learn how to have healthy […]

Blame the victim strategy reaches corporate level: Deutsche Bank plans to replace much of workforce with robots, because they act like robots anyway

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One of the world’s biggest banks, Deutsche Bank, has announced that it will be replacing a significant portion of its workforce with robots. The financial institution, which is based in Frankfurt, Germany, employs more than 100,000 people. It is not known exactly how many people will be laid off or when, but CEO John Cryan […]

Researchers Find New DNA Structure in Living Human Cells

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A team of scientists from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney has identified a new DNA structure — called the intercalated motif (i-motif) — inside living human cells. Deep inside the cells in our body lies our DNA. The information in the DNA code — all […]