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Extreme Biology

The new rules for living longer and healthier

Extreme Biology

These Are Your Body's Molecules On Jet Lag

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? According to researchers at Oxford University, the reason why some of us take so long to recover from the effects of jet lag is based in our very molecules. In studies done on mice, the team discovered that while a large number of genes were activated in response ...

Extreme Biology

A Simpler, More Affordable Method Of IVF

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? University of Colorado scientist Jonathan Van Blerkom and colleagues have developed a simplified form of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) involving generic fertility drugs and fewer pieces of equipment. Women taking the drugs release fewer eggs than they would using ...

Extreme Biology

It's Not A Coffee IV Drip, But It's Close

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development?  Ben Yu, a Peter Thiel "20 Under 20" fellow, found that typical caffeine-loaded energy drinks left him too jittery to concentrate. Rather than switch to something a little less potent, he decided to work with his dad, a chemist and holder of several drug-delivery ...

Extreme Biology

Brain Implant Gives Rats Infrared Vision

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? After training six rats to locate LED-lit ports in a special chamber, Duke neurobiologist Miguel Nicolelis and his team implanted electrodes into the sensory processing area of their brains and wired them to infrared cameras. When the camera detected infrared light ...

Extreme Biology

Lifespans: How Long Is Too Long?

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? A Pew Research Center survey released this week described Americans' feelings about life expectancy and the possibility of extending it through advanced medical treatments. While a majority believed that a cure for cancer and improved prosthetic limbs are around ...

Extreme Biology

Trouble Sleeping? Go Camping For A Few Days

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? University of Colorado-Boulder's Kenneth Wright and colleagues studied eight subjects as they spent a week living their lives under normal -- that is to say, largely artificial -- lighting conditions. They then sent the subjects out camping in the Rocky Mountains ...