Jul 7, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
How plants grow like human brains
Plants and brains may be more alike than we tend to think. Salk Institute scientists have discovered mathematical rules governing plant growth are similar to how brain cells make connections. Based on data from 3D laser scans of plants, research suggests there may be universal rules of logic governing growth across biological systems.
Jul 6, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
A single brain chemical may help learning language and music
Learning language or music is usually a breeze for children, but as even young adults know, that capacity declines dramatically with age. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have evidence from mice that restricting a key chemical messenger in the brain helps extend efficient auditory learning much later in life.
Jul 5, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
RNA fragments defend'naked' genes
Our genomes are minefields, studded with potentially damaging DNA sequences protected by hundreds of thousands of sentries standing guard. These sentries, called epigenetic marks, attach to the double helix at undefended spots to prevent DNA sequences from springing into destructive mode.
Jul 4, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Mechanism behind precise spinal cord development
Scientists have uncovered how nerve cells in the spinal cord are organised in precise patterns during embryo development - a finding that could give insight into regenerative medicine.
Jul 3, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
We are still passing flame retardants on to our babies
Trace amounts of flame retardants, banned in the USA for more than a decade, are still found in umbilical cord blood. These chemicals cause hormone disruption and are linked to low infant birth weights.