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Paediatric Hepatitis B: Investigating fingernails and hair

Here, Haruki Komatsu discusses how Paediatric Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the main things which can lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
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UK launches £200 million genetics project

The UK government announced the launch of a huge genetics project, working with GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, to understand diseases like dementia and cancer.
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MASTERPLANS to disentangle Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Professor Ian N Bruce MD FRCP, Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Manchester shares his expertise here on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a chronic multisystem autoimmune condition.
maternal and foetal health, preeclampsia

Vitamin D and preeclampsia: Improving maternal and foetal health

Yuping Wang and David F. Lewis, from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, share with us their fascinating research on vitamin D and preeclampsia research, including a promising option in this vein to improve maternal and foetal health.
chronic autoimmune uveitis, ophthalmology

Understanding chronic autoimmune uveitis through ophthalmology research

Andrew Taylor, Professor of Ophthalmology, highlights research to understand the molecules that mediate ocular immune privilege so they can be adapted for chronic autoimmune uveitis.
early childhood eating habits, teenage eating disorders

Early childhood eating habits connected to teenage eating disorders

UCL researchers identified that overeating, undereating and ‘fussiness’ in early childhood eating habits can be linked to anorexia and binge-eating in adolescence, and the risk is greater for girls.
biobanking initiatives, precision medicine

Precision medicine and biobanking initiatives in the Russian Federation

In this article, experts highlight developments in Russian precision medicine research and biobanking infrastructure, which boosts national biomedical research.
human gene research, gene editing

China: New regulations for human gene research

Here, Jaqueline Zhao and Tim Jackson discuss the new regulations coming into force for China in 2019, after the gene-editing scandal which created international headlines.
aliens in the baltic, biofouling

Biofouling: Aliens in the Baltic Sea

Dominik Littfass, HELCOM Communication Secretary explains the biofouling – the attachment of living organisms to the hull of ships – one of the main vectors of invasions of aquatic ecosystems from alien or non-indigenous species.
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Research shows hearts can survive without oxygen

University of Manchester and University of North Texas scientists identify that an embryonic living heart can be programmed to survive a low oxygen environment in later life.
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Scientists find mental cause of ‘Uncanny Valley’ feeling

University of Cambridge scientists have discovered mechanisms in the brain that could be the cause of the 'Uncanny Valley' feeling, of looking at something near to human but not quite human.
America Analysis, July 2019

North America Analysis – July 2019

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of North America Analysis, which features a wide range of insightful content on policy issues with a special focus on biology.

Bringing mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the Rules of Life

Editor of Open Access Government, Jonathan Miles, spoke to Juan Meza at the National Science Foundation about the launch of four new centres to bring mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the Rules of Life.
oxytocin in birth, oxytocin vasopressin

Oxytocin, vasopressin and mother nature

Dr Sue Carter, The Kinsey Institute, discusses the critical role of oxytocin in birth, lactation and maternal behaviour and in tuning the baby’s developing endocrine and nervous system.
functional nanomaterials, biological targeting

Functional nanomaterials: Fit for purpose

Researchers at Técnico, Univ. Lisboa, share their expertise on functional nanomaterials and why they are fit for purpose.
women in engineering

Women keen to develop engineering and STEM skills

As the country marks International Women in Engineering Day on June 23rd, figures revealed by Open Study College show engineering courses ranked within the top 10 most popular courses for women.
sleeping and ageing, treatment for insomnia

Sleep and ageing: Two sides of one coin?

Oxford University researchers have discovered a brain process common to sleep and ageing in research that could pave the way for new treatments for insomnia.
Lund Vision Group

Stanley Heinze of the Lund Vision Group – Researching visual ecology

The Lund Vision Group is a cluster of eight independent research labs in the field of visual science, studying visual ecology and neuro-ethology.
neurotrophin signalling

Complexity of neurotrophin signalling in the nervous system

Momoko Takahashi, a Doctoral Student at Northwestern University, explains the complex research of neurotrophin signalling in the nervous system in this report.
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What happens to the body when you don’t sleep for days?

In this article, the health impact of when you don't sleep for days is explored: Find out what happens to you cognitively, physically, mentally and hormonally.

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