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Researchers discover the Achilles’ heel of an aggressive brain cancer

May 20, 2019 dna 0
Researchers have discovered a chink in the armor of the tumor cells of glioblastoma, a lethal brain cancer. Alongside the finding, the researchers also came up with a method for attacking this vulnerability. The results gained in experiments conducted with cell cultures and a mouse model are promising.
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Researchers block protein that plays a key role in Alzheimer’s disease

May 20, 2019 dna 0
In recent years, it has become increasingly clear to researchers that the protein galectin-3 is involved in inflammatory diseases in the brain. A study now shows the de facto key role played by the protein in Alzheimer’s disease. When the researchers shut off the gene that produces this protein in mice, the amount of Alzheimer’s plaque and the inflammatory load both decreased.
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New doctors’ DNA ages six times faster than normal in first year

May 20, 2019 dna 0
Every summer, tens of thousands of newly minted doctors start the most intense year of their training: the first year of residency, also called the intern year. A new study suggests that the experience will make their DNA age six times faster than normal. And the effect will be largest among those whose training programs demand the longest hours.