FNDC5 variant irisin links exercise to brain health and may slow Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

in medicine

A new finding suggests that the protein FNDC5 or its variant irisin is imporatant in brain health following exercise and may slow the progression of neurogenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.  

God Particle Higgs Boson Wins Big

in technology

The Nobel committee awarded this year's Nobel Physics Price for the scientists who proposed the existence of particles with near-zero mass called God Particles or Higgs Boson.  The God Particle concept was proposed in the 1960s by Peter W. Higgs and François Englert.

Vesicle transport gets Nobel Prize for Medicine.

in medicine, biology

The work of three scientists, Randy W. Schekman, Thomas C. Südhof and James E. Rothman,  gave us insight into the role of vesicles and vesicular transport in health and disease.

iPhone Siri immortalizes the voice of Susan Bennett

in technology

You might have heard about the HeLa cell line that made Henrietta Lacks immortal.

Lifespan Extension by Red Wine Ingredient Resveratrol Linked to Methylation Following Action on SirT1

in medicine, biology

A new research suggests that the protein target of the red wine ingredient resveratrol may be extending lifespan by a new mechanism.  The protein target of resveratrol in mammals is the enzyme called SirT1, which belongs to a family of proteins called sirtuins.

NIH and NSF are Shut Down - US Government Shut Down Consequences to Scientists

in technology, biology

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are shut down from October 1, 2013 for an indefinite duration.  This is a direct consequence of the US Government shut down due to non-approval of funding for the government for the fiscal year 2014. 

Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies new loci and candidate genes for migraine

in medicine, omics

A research team has identified 12 genetic regions associated with migraine susceptibility using a large-scale genome study. Eight of these regions related to migraine were found in or near genes known to play a role in controlling brain circuitries and two of the regions were associated with genes that are responsible for maintaining healthy brain tissue.

Septin important in T cell calcium channel activation and T cell survival and activation - new study

in medicine

Researchers report that a certain type of protein called septins  play a critical role in activating a calcium channel on the surface of the T cell. The channel is the membrane door through which calcium enters T cells, an action essential for the T cell's survival, activation, and ability to fight disease.