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Patients’ skin cells turned into heart muscle cells to repair their damaged hearts

Patients’ skin cells turned into heart muscle cells to repair their damaged hearts

For the first time scientists have succeeded in taking skin cells from heart failure patients and reprogramming them to transform into healthy, new heart muscle cells that are capable of integrating with existing heart tissue.

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Pathological aging brains contain the same amyloid plaques as Alzheimer’s disease

Pathological aging brains contain the same amyloid plaques as Alzheimer’s disease

Pathological aging (PA) is used to describe the brains of people which have Alzheimer’s disease (AD)-like pathology but where the person showed no signs of cognitive impairment whilst they were alive. New research shows that PA and AD brains contain …

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Discoveries into perception via popular magic tricks

Discoveries into perception via popular magic tricks

Researchers have unveiled how and why the public perceives some magic tricks in recent studies that could have real-world implications in military tactics, marketing and sports.

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Best time to study the cosmos was more than 13 billion years ago

Best time to study the cosmos was more than 13 billion years ago

The universe is a marvelously complex place, filled with galaxies and larger-scale structures that have evolved over its 13.7-billion-year history. Those began as small perturbations of matter that grew over time, like ripples in a pond, as the univers…

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Uproar over prostate-cancer screenings explained

Uproar over prostate-cancer screenings explained

Despite recent recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force, many people simply don’t believe that the prostate-specific antigen test is ineffective. Even faced with overwhelming evidence, many activists and medical professionals are clam…

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Tracking atlantic bluefin tuna shows migration secrets

Tracking atlantic bluefin tuna shows migration secrets

New fish-tagging studies of young bluefin tuna in the Atlantic off New England are offering the first fishery-independent, year-round data on dispersal patterns and habitat use for the popular game fish. Miniaturized pop-up satellite tags suitable for …

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Civil engineers find savings where the rubber meets the road: Stiffer roads reduce fuel consumption

Civil engineers find savings where the rubber meets the road: Stiffer roads reduce fuel consumption

Pavement deflection under vehicle tires makes for a continuous uphill drive that increases fuel consumption, new research shows. A new study by civil engineers at MIT shows that using stiffer pavements on the nation’s roads could reduce vehicle fuel …

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Scientists unravel role of fusion gene in prostate cancer

Scientists unravel role of fusion gene in prostate cancer

Up to half of all prostate cancer cells have a chromosomal rearrangement that results in a new “fusion” gene and formation of its unique protein — but no one has known how that alteration promotes cancer growth.

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How nanotechnology can help detect disease earlier

How nanotechnology can help detect disease earlier

Researchers have discovered a new way to precisely detect a single chemical at extremely low concentrations and high contamination.

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Possible role of autoantibodies in Alzheimer’s

Possible role of autoantibodies in Alzheimer’s

Research demonstrates how dying or damaged brain cells give rise to autoantibodies in blood that can be reliable biomarkers for early AD diagnosis. Key mechanism mirrors process common to autoimmune disorders.

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