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New technique provides accurate dating of ancient skeletons

Eurekalert - 19 hours 29 min ago
A new way of dating skeletons by using mutations in DNA associated with geography will avoid the difficulties and inaccuracies sometimes associated with existing dating methods. The technique will enable a better understanding of historical developments from the beginning of the Neolithic period, through the Bronze and Iron Ages.
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Genomic testing for the causes of stillbirth should be considered for routine use

Eurekalert - 19 hours 29 min ago
The use of whole genome and whole exome sequencing can uncover the cause of unexplained stillbirth and neonatal deaths. In addition to providing an explanation to bereaved parents, it can help the understand whether a recurrence in future pregnancies is likely.
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Primates in peril

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
International experts call for immediate action to protect endangered primate species.
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Individual access to genomic disease risk factors has a beneficial impact on lifestyles

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
A large study from Finland shows that giving personal genomic information to individuals can have a long-term beneficial effect on their lifestyles.
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WGS helps diagnosis and reduces healthcare costs for neonates in intensive care

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Two studies looking at the effect of carrying out rapid genome sequencing on children born seriously ill, but where diagnosis is difficult, show that it can provide speedy answers and lead to appropriate treatment.
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Genetic engineering researcher: Politicians are deaf to people's ethical concerns

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
New study from the University of Copenhagen reports that political discussions about genetically modified foods have ignored concerns among Danes that GM foods are 'unnatural'. This is very regrettable, according to Jesper Lassen, a researcher who has investigated public attitudes about genetic modification for the past 25 years.
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Researchers find combination can enhance ipilimumab immunotherapy

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Using a targeted therapy to block a protein that suppresses T cell activity could improve cancer treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
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PIM-2 protein kinase regulates T-cell activity differently than PIM-1 or PIM-3 isoform

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
The PIM-2 protein kinase negatively regulates T cell responses in transplantation and tumor immunity, while PIM-1 and PIM-3 are positive regulators, report Medical University of South Carolina investigators in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Blocking PIM-2 in allogeneic bone marrow transplant dramatically accelerated graft-versus-host disease. In adoptive immunotherapy with autologous T cells, silencing PIM-2 on T cells produced robust tumor immunity, highlighting the importance of PIM-specific inhibition.
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Orange, tea tree & eucalyptus oils sweeten diesel fumes

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only fuel.
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Deformation control and mass transfer in the tunic of Halocynthia roretzi

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
It has been previously reported that the tunic of Halocynthia roretzi, mainly composed of cellulose, is actively deformed with mass transfer by the mechanical stimuli. In this study, how the tunic deforms in response to the mechanical environment was investigated.
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Study with implications for opioid crisis finds opioids raise risk of fracture nonunion

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Dr. Robert Zura, Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was part of a research team reporting that not only may opioid use increase the risk of bone fractures, but opioids may also impair healing. The authors also question their effectiveness in controlling pain.
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NASA finds Tropical Depression Bud's rains over mainland Mexico

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Tropical Depression Bud's rains were falling over western Mexico when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead on June 15.
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Volcano music could help scientists monitor eruptions

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
A volcano in Ecuador with a deep cylindrical crater might be the largest musical instrument on Earth, producing unique sounds scientists could use to monitor its activity. New infrasound recordings of Cotopaxi volcano in central Ecuador show that after a sequence of eruptions in 2015, the volcano's crater changed shape. The deep narrow crater forced air to reverberate against the crater walls when the volcano rumbled.
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NASA finds Tropical Depression 04E's heaviest rains approaching Mexico's Coast

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Tropical Depression 04E formed close to the coast of southwestern Mexico on June 14, and early the next day NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the region. Using infrared light, Aqua identified where the strongest storms were within 04E.
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NASA's Aqua satellite sees Tropical Depression Gaemi exit Taiwan

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Tropical Depression Gaemi moved through Taiwan and was tracking to the northeast in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on June 15. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image of the storm that showed it as an elongated system.
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Success is not just how you play your cards, but how you play your opponents

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Poker-playing techniques can apply to strategies in many situations. Study can influence scientific approaches to negotiation
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New method makes weather forecasts right as rain

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Meteorologists have known for some time that rainfall forecasts have flaws, as failure to take into account factors such as evaporation can affect their accuracy. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for locations 30 miles or more from the nearest National Weather Service radar.
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Meat sensitivity spread by ticks linked to heart disease

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Researchers have linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat -- a sensitivity spread by tick bites -- with a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart. This buildup may increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
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Loving the sweet enemy

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Foods rich in fats and carbohydrates stimulate the reward system in the brain particularly strongly.
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New compound as effective as FDA-approved drugs against life-threatening infections

Eurekalert - Jun 15 2018 - 00:06
Purdue University researchers have identified a new compound that in preliminary testing has shown itself to be as effective as antibiotics approved by the FDA to treat life-threatening infections while also appearing to be less susceptible to bacterial resistance.The compound has been potent against antibiotic-resistant pathogens such as MRSA, which is often found in hospitals and other health care settings, and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus, with vancomycin long considered a drug of last resort.
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