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From stem cells to mushrooms: the latest scientific discoveries and technological advances

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on Aug 28, 2018 9:39:28 AM

MD Biosciences providing up-to-date news coverage compiling posts from science journals and sites including Science Translational Medicine, SciWorthy, ScienceDaily, Science, Gen News, Frontier Pharmacology and American Journal of Pathology, reporting innovative discoveries happening all over the world across a wide variety of disciplinary areas. Skim the titles below to catch up on what is happening and to learn what the team at MD Biosciences is reading about. Follow the links to read more about something that catches your eye! 

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The First Stem Cell Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

  • As reported in Science, a first-of-its-kind clinical trial out of Kyoto University injected 7 patients with stem cells to treat neurogenerative brain disease Parkinson's. These patients will be tracked for 2 years to monitor treatment outcomes.

Seeking to Overhaul the Multi-Criteria Drug Harm Scale

  • A proposal from a drug researcher out of North Carolina State University aims to alter the way harm associated with substance abuse is assessed and wants to tighten federal regulations for a safer nation.
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Childhood LEGO meets DNA discoveries

  • Creating tiny LEGO-like sculptures of DNA illuminates a promising future of nanotechnology innovations, presented by SciWorthy.

Better Biomarkers for Cancer Detection and Treatment 

  • Published in the American Journal of Pathology with the goal of creating a serodiagnostic marker for lung cancer, a study out of Japan found high levels of cytoskeleton-associated protein 4 (CKAP4) in the blood of patients with lung cancer, as reported in Gen News.

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Ethical Debate: Genetically modified red sea bream  - a solution to aquaculture problems?

  •  Using CRIPSR  gene-editing technology, researchers in Tokyo at Kyoto University wanted to create a fish without the gene for myostatin, a hormone limiting muscle mass. It is reported that animals without the myostatin gene have less fat on their bodies but more muscle, presenting themselves as a more economical product at markets. 

Anticancer Drugs Treat Acute Liver Disease

  • A U.K. study reported by the Cancer Research U.K. Beaston Institute and Medical Research Council shows using drug molecules to block TGFß signaling improved liver regeneration and increased survival--a promising treatment to prevent deaths from paracetamol overdose.  

Mushrooms as a prebiotic candidate: paving a way for Diabetes and metabolic dysfunction treatments  

  •  According to Margherita T. Cantorna, an Immunology professor at Penn State College, there are significant differences in types of metabolites found in the gastointestinal tract and liver in animals who ate mushrooms compared to ones that did not. Looks like we all should be eating our vegetables! 

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