Results from a phase 2 clinical trial reveal that a new two-drug therapy for ALS can slow disease progression by six weeks over a six-month period. This therapy could possibly improve lifespan and quality of life, and may be effective in other neurodegenerative disorders as well. Continue reading Slowing ALS with a Two-Drug Therapy
Land animals are often smarter than aquatic animals but it is still unclear exactly how their cognition developed. In @NatureComms, @malcommaciver and #UgurcanMugan found that complex landscapes and the ability of land animals to see more in air compared to fish in water may have led to planning circuitry in the brains of land animals.
Continue reading Complex landscapes affect animal cognitive evolution
Biologists at Stanford University have developed the LYTAC, a new class of drug that might be the future of therapeutics due to its ability to breakdown previously un-accessible proteins on cell walls and its adaptability. Continue reading Breaking Down Instead of Silencing: A Step Forward in a New Class of Drugs
Ant colonies exposed to certain insecticides become smaller and weaker after a year. Are they another casualty in the war against crop-damaging pests.? Continue reading Who knew? Insecticides negatively impact ant colonies, too!
Researchers developed a molecule that targets bacterial cells by two different mechanisms–attacking the cell membrane and disabling folate synthesis. This molecule seems to prevent bacteria from developing antibiotic-resistance. Continue reading Antibiotic uses multiple mechanisms to avoid resistance
A new study comparing Velociraptors and their modern counterparts, Komodo dragons and crocodiles, concludes that raptors were unlikely to be social, pack-hunters, in contradiction to their popularized portrayal in the ‘Jurassic Park’ movies. Continue reading ‘Jurassic Park’ was wrong: Study suggests raptors didn’t hunt in packs
Pregnancy test but for viruses? Mini droplet-based diagnostics tests combined with CRISPR may offer a way forward for fast, mass-testing of not just SARS-CoV-2, but hundreds of other viruses as the same time.
Continue reading CRISPR and Droplets offer a new way forward in viral diagnostics?
Researchers from the University of Sussex recently found that wood ants seem to store long-term and short-term memories in different brain hemispheres. They found this by studying ants as they were conditioned to associate a visual input with food.
Researchers recently examined DNA sequences a snail living in deep ocean hydrothermal vents. They found similar DNA to other mollusks, but different DNA expression giving the snail its unique appearance. Continue reading Different Snail, Same Genes: What Gives the Scaly-foot Snail Its Scales?
Humans are one of mammal’s top drinking champions; we even have better tolerance than elephants Continue reading Who would win a drinking competition, humans or elephants?