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Folate scores big

The vitamin B chemical, folate, found in leafy green vegetables, beans and nuts has now been shown to blunt the damaging effects of heart attack.

Stroke brain cell damage

Researchers have identified a key player in the killing of brain cells after a stroke or a seizure - the protein asparagine endopeptidase.

Key to REM disorder

There is new promise on the horizon for those who suffer from REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) according to researchers.

Femtogram-level measurements

Researchers have demonstrated a method for simultaneous structural and chemical characterisation of samples at the femtogram level and below.

Numbers not enough

Researchers are not contradicting the theory that it is possible to demonstrate signal transfer in proteins using statistical methods.

Genome research ethics

A global team of legal, scientific and ethics experts have put forward eight key recommendations to establish guidelines for conducting...

Defending corn kernels

Discovery that a specific gene is integral to both fungal invasion of corn and development of a potentially deadly toxin in the kernels may lead to ways to control the pathogen and the poison.

Antidepressants link

The risk of diabetes almost doubled for the patients who were using tricyclic antidepressants and selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors.

Epilepsy's hub

An increased number of neuron hubs in the epileptic brain may be the root cause for the seizures that characterise the disorder.

Seeing may be believing

While people do tend to notice objects within their gaze, it is the assumptions they make about their environment that affects their perceptions.

Ant gut-based drugs

Scientists have discovered two key proteins that guide one of the two groups of pathogenic bacteria to make their hardy outer shells - their defence against the world.

MRI charts blood volume

A special type of magnetic resonance imaging can depict changes in blood volume in the brain that often precede cancerous transformation of brain tumours.

Blood test replacement

One day soon patients may spit in a cup, instead of bracing for a needle prick, when being tested for cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

Is organic productive?

Can organic cropping systems be as productive as conventional systems? The answer is an unqualified, "Yes" and a qualified "Most of the...

When salmonella kills

Nearly half of all HIV-positive African adults who become infected with Salmonella die from what otherwise would be a seven-day bout of diarrhoea.

Strengthening T-Cells

When a certain protein was activated in mice, the animals eliminated existing tumours and were protected against developing new ones.

Staph A camouflage

Researchers have uncovered how the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus resists our body's natural defences against infection.

New ways of disarming the herpes virion

Researchers used mutations of the herpes simplex virus' NS5A phosphoprotein to disrupt virus particle production at an early stage of assembly.

Precise 3-D imageing of the human brain

New technology at is enabling researchers to translate the most abstract, complex scientific concepts into clearer, more precise 3-dimensional images.

Lung cancer prevention

A small RNA molecule, known as let-7 microRNA (miRNA), substantially reduced cancer growth in multiple mouse models of lung cancer.

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