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Watching Molecules Morph into Memories | Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Some new work in how memories are formed. It looks like certain mRNAs are molecularly masked and unmasked based on activity in the neuron, so that translation occurs based on which synapses are active. Watching Molecules Morph into Memories | … Continue reading

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Gene therapy successfully used to treat one cause of blindness

Injecting good copies of a gene directly into the retina of patients with a genetically-based progressive blindness causes significant improvement in many of them. Retinal gene therapy in patients with choroideremia: initial findings from a phase 1/2 clinical trial : … Continue reading

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Energy capture in photosynthesis may use quantum effects

This article is from IO9, a fun but non-peer-reviewed site. They do link to the actual Nature Communications article, though. http://io9.com/new-evidence-that-plants-get-their-energy-using-quantum-1498695627?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+io9%2Ffull+%28io9%29  

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eLife | The open-access journal for outstanding advances in life science and biomedicine, backed by the funders of research

eLife | The open-access journal for outstanding advances in life science and biomedicine, backed by the funders of research.  

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Peanut butter sniff test and Alzheimer’s

Contrary to the title of the article at the link below, this test does NOT confirm Alzheimer’s, but nonetheless it is a very interesting approach for finding signs of the disease in its early stages. Peanut butter sniff test confirms … Continue reading

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High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment

Time and access to facility constraints can be a concern when it comes to getting people to exercise. High-intensity circuit training seems to deliver numerous health benefits in less time than more traditional programs that are recommended. Furthermore, body weight … Continue reading

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“It’s common for an individual to have multiple genomes.”

“…some even have genomes that came from other people.” via DNA Double Take – NYTimes.com.  

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