Dodging the cognitive hit of early-life seizures

About half of newborns who have seizures go on to have long-term intellectual and memory deficits and cognitive disorders such as autism, but why this occurs has been unknown. In the December 14 Journal of Neuroscience, researchers at Children’s Hospit…

Gene therapy achieves early success against hemophilia

Symptoms improved significantly in adults with the bleeding disorder hemophilia B following a single treatment with gene therapy developed by researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and de…

Quest for designer bacteria uncovers a ‘Spy’

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Scientists have discovered a molecular assistant called Spy that helps bacteria excel at producing proteins for medical and industrial purposes.
Bacteria are widely used to manufacture proteins used in medicine and indus…

Unlocking the secret(ase) of building neural circuits

LA JOLLA, CA — Mutant presenilin is infamous for its role in the most aggressive form of Alzheimer’s disease — early-onset familial Alzheimer’s — which can strike people as early as their 30s. In their latest study, researchers at the Sal…

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