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Caffeine and Dementia

  Caffeine has been put through the ringer.  One day it’s good for you, the next day maybe not so much.  Indiana University has added to the positive side of the list, demonstrating caffeine’s effect on one of the proteins that lead to dementia. THE STUDY screened 1,280 plus compounds and identified 24 compounds (including… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Brain and Gut Link: New Support

There are a growing number of studies correlating the brain and the gut.  How does what happen in our digestive system affect our mental state?  One more study shows further connections between the two. WHERE: McMaster University in Ontario, Canada WHO: Premysl Bercik, MD and colleagues PUBLISHED: Science Translational Medicine, today, March 1, 2017 STUDY… Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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Genetic Engineering: What Makes a Superpower?

What makes a superpower? Simply defined as something that is greater than the norm, be it strength or speed, shooting lasers from the eyes or flying, or invulnerability.  Harvard geneticist, George Church, relates vaccines to superpowers, “Vaccines are advancements over our ancestors. If you could tell our ancestors they could walk into a smallpox ward… Read more »


Today women use mammograms to test for lumps in their breasts but a new study shows that a blood test could one day be a more accurate way to test for breast cancer. The new clinical study was funded by Cancer Research UK in collaboration with the university of Leicester and Imperial College London. How… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Cancer Cells on the Hunt: Hunters and Gatherers

Why do cancer cells metastasize?  Why do they spread beyond the initial tumor site?  The answer is simple, and the same as why any organism looks for greener pastures, clearer waters, and bigger grocery stores…well maybe not the last one. “Fungi and bacteria become invasive if they starve,” noted Dr. Goding. “Wildebeest on the Serengeti… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Preparing For An Interview? Follow These 5 Simple Steps To Be 100% Prepared!

Read The Job Description: Be prepared to confirm you are qualified for the position. Familiarize yourself with the job description prior to the interview so you know exactly what experience they are seeking. Pay close attention to the tasks or responsibilities section of the job description. You should prepare notes detailing exactly how much experience… Tags: , , , ,

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Stem Cells and Silicon

Our bodies are not 2-Dimensional.  Our cells don’t grow on flat plates. Various technologies have been used over the years to culture cells in 3-D Conditions.  Those 3-D conditions have now been applied to stem cells, creating “mini-organs”. Harvard explored combining stem cells and chip technology in early 2014 examining cardiovascular disease (Nature Published Article)…. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Spice Up Your Life and Fight Cancer with Peppers

3,000 year old medicine rises again in modern science.  UT Southwestern Medical Center has identified a chemical in the Long Pepper (Piper longum), a spicy Indian pepper plant found in Southern India and Southeast Asia. THE MODERN SCIENCE The chemical is Piperlongumine (PL) PL to hPL after ingestion hPL silences the GSTP1 gene GSTP1 produces… Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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CRISPR 2016 In Review

CRIPSR was first remarked on in 1987 by Yoshiizumi Ishino, Osaka University.  It wasn’t until 2002, fifteen years later that it’s name was coined, Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.  Ten years after that in 2012, Doudna and Charpentier changed the game by tweaking CRISPR, using it to edit and engineer genomes.  In the subsequent… Tags: , , , , , , ,

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