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creepy mouse experiment helps scientists understand contagious behavior




share this storya mouse watches a video of another mouse scratching and becomes itchy. this means contagious scratching isn't based on smells or being familiar with the itchy mouse.humans and other social animals suffer from something called contagious itching. it's when you see somebody else scratc...



immune molecule protects against zika virus infection in animal models




a molecule naturally produced by the immune system protects mice and monkeys against zika virus infection, an international team of researchers has found. administering the molecule, called 25-hydroxycholesterol or 25hc, to pregnant mice reduced zika virus infection in the fetal brain and protected ...



effects of a poor diet during pregnancy may be reversed in female adolescent off




here's some good news if you are female: research published online in the faseb journal, shows that in mice, what is eaten during adolescence or childhood development may alter long-term behavior and learning, and can even "rescue" females from the negative effects on behavior resulting from a poor ...



results of mouse studies deeply affected by the way the animals are handled




image: a laboratory mouse is being encouraged into a handling tunnel. view more credit: jane hurst, university of liverpoola new study shows that how mice are picked up by the experimenter can substantially change their behaviour in cognitive tests. the work, by dr kelly gouveia and professor jane ...



yoghurt may help some forms of depression, study says




not only can we improve our mood with food, researchers believe yoghurt may be able to help depression. in the new study, researchers from the university of virginia school of medicine found that feeding yoghurt - or the live bacteria found in yoghurt, lactobacillus - to mice with "depressive-like ...



vibration as exercise? for some, it may be a good start




for years, companies have been hawking vibration as a form of exercise—from those fat-jiggling waist belts in the ’80s to the vibrating platforms found in many gyms today. now, a new study in mice suggests there might be some truth to the idea that a vibrating machine may be able to deliver some...



sulforaphane, a phytochemical in broccoli sprouts, ameliorates obesity




image: the two functions of sulforaphane uncovered by the current study are; 1) ameliorating obesity by adipose tissue browning to augment energy consumption and 2) improving 'high-fat' gut bacterial flora and... view more credit: kanazawa university[background]sulforaphane*1, a phytochemical conta...



treatment window for fragile x likely doesn't close after childhood




brain samples from humans show that the treatment window for fragile x syndrome likely remains open well into maturity after childhood, when previous tests with mice indicated it might close, according to a new drexel university-led study. this new information could become valuable as therapeutic tr...



a fasting-diet may trigger regeneration of a diabetic pancreas




enlarge/ these mice are about to have issues.getty | portland press herald share this storyin mice with either type i or type 2 diabetes, an intense, four-day fasting diet seemed to regenerate pancreas cells and restore insulin production. researchers reported this finding on thursday in cell.in pet...



first crispr single-nucleotide edited transgenic mice




cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, huntington's disease and phenylketonuria are all examples of disorders caused by the mutation of a single nucleotide, a building block of dna. the human dna consists of approximately 3 billion nucleotides of four types: adenine (a), cytosine (c), guanine (g), and...



will drinking lemon water help you lose weight?




getty imageslemon infused water is a popular drink for weight loss, thanks to celebrity sippers like gwyneth paltrow and miranda kerr. proponents claim that it flushes toxins from the system, reduces appetite and tweaks the body’s digestive processes in ways that block fat absorption.trouble is, i...



how rats could lead to autism drugs that actually work




clinical trials with mice have mostly failed, but the bigger, smarter rodents have more to reveal about human brains and behavior.



liver tumor growth in mice slowed with new chemo-immunotherapy treatment




image: university of missouri school of medicine researchers have developed a new treatment that combines chemotherapy and immunotherapy to significantly slow tumor growth in mice. the team includes (from left) guangfu... view more credit: justin kelley/mu healthcolumbia, mo. (feb. 28, 2017) -- hep...



chemical that detects plaques in alzheimer's brains extends lifespan of roundwor




while many anti-aging drugs don't live up to their claim, a tightly replicated study by rutgers and a group of researchers from around the country discovered that a chemical used to detect amyloid plaques found in the brains of those with alzheimer's extended the lifespan of thousands of roundworms ...



'red hair' gene variant may underlie association between melanoma and parkinson'




a gene variant that produces red hair and fair skin in humans and in mice, which increases the risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, may also contribute to the known association between melanoma and parkinson's disease. in their paper appearing in the march issue of annals of neurology and pre...



new target for parkinson's disease identified by emory researchers




emory investigators have discovered a novel link between a protein called sv2c and parkinson's disease (pd). prior work had suggested that the sv2c gene was associated with the curious ability of cigarette smoking to reduce pd risk. the new research published online in the proceedings of the nationa...



biochemists develop new way to control cell biology with light




researchers at the university of alberta have developed a new method of controlling biology at the cellular level using light.the tool--called a photocleavable protein--breaks into two pieces when exposed to light, allowing scientists to study and manipulate activity inside cells in new and differen...



highly prevalent gene variants in minority populations cause kidney disease




image: representative images of kidney tissue from apol1-g1 and apol1-g2 mice, showing severe scarring of the kidney filter. view more credit: katalin susztak, perelman school of medicine, university of pennsylvaniaphiladelphia - african americans have a heightened risk of developing chronic and en...



tethered nanoparticles make tumor cells more vulnerable




cambridge, ma -- mit researchers have devised a way to make tumor cells more susceptible to certain types of cancer treatment by coating the cells with nanoparticles before delivering drugs.by tethering hundreds of tiny particles to the surfaces of tumor cells in the presence of a mechanical force, ...



scientists discover metabolic pathway that drives tumor growth in aggressive can




(new york, ny - march 2, 2017) --mount sinai researchers have discovered that a rheumatoid arthritis drug can block a metabolic pathway that occurs in tumors with a common cancer-causing gene mutation, offering a new possible therapy for aggressive cancers with few therapeutic options, according to ...



50% off corsair gaming mm300 anti-fray cloth gaming mouse pad - deal alert




the mm300 is a high endurance, pro-grade cloth mouse pad for high-dpi gaming mice. reinforced stitched edges guard against surface peeling, and the optimized textile-weaved surface design gives superior control and precision tracking for absolutely lethal in-game accuracy. with multiple sizes availa...



presstv-'rare genetic disorder could wipe out obesity'




a woman’s rare genetic disorder could hold the key to weight loss. that’s according to a recent case study.abby solomon was born with a genetic mutation called neonatal progeroid syndrome, which mangles the body and prevents it from making an appetite stimulant hormone. dr. atul chopra (photo by...



12 reasons why horses are better than cats (just in case you were in any doubt)




just in case you were in any doubt (or are in need of convincing friends and family who are sceptical about your horsey habits), here are 12 very good reasons why you're better off with a horse rather than a cat... 1. you won’t wake up unable to breathe because your horse has stuck its tail up you...



aids drug azt: how it got approved 30 years ago




will & deni mcintyre—getty imagestoday, if someone is diagnosed with hiv, he or she can choose among 41 drugs that can treat the disease. and there’s a good chance that with the right combination, given at the right time, the drugs can keep hiv levels so low that the person never gets sick.that ...



aids drug azt: how it got approved 30 years ago




will & deni mcintyre—getty images/science sourcetoday, if someone is diagnosed with hiv, he or she can choose among 41 drugs that can treat the disease. and there’s a good chance that with the right combination, given at the right time, the drugs can keep hiv levels so low that the person never ...