Gene Therapy Breakthrough
Scientists at New York University have combined two methods that scientists use to carry D.N.A. into cell nuclei. The result could help analyze proteins and ultimately improve gene therapy.
Sometimes two things work better together than alone. "Seiichi Yamano, assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at N.Y.U.'s College of Dentistry, and Jin Kim Montclare, who runs N.Y.U.-Poly's Protein Engineering and Molecular Design Lab, have developed a remarkably effective way to combine two methods that scientists use as vehicles to carry D.N.A. into cell nuclei. The result could help understand gene function, analyze proteins and ultimately improve gene therapy for a number of genetic diseases like hemophilia and muscular dystrophy, acquired diseases like cancer, neurodegenerative diseases like A.L.S., as well as H.I.V. and hepatitis."
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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