Lessons from Salamanders: Could Humans Ever Regenerate Limbs?
Mar02

Lessons from Salamanders: Could Humans Ever Regenerate Limbs?

In Brief Salamanders, which have the ability to regenerate parts of their body, may one day provide the key to helping humans generate lost limbs. Scientists are studying these animals to understand precisely how the process works and how it might be applied to other species. Even if possible, there will likely be significant challenges. These include the length of time that may be required to regrow limbs and concerns about possible...

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Could Sea Sponges Wipe Out Tuberculosis?
Jan19

Could Sea Sponges Wipe Out Tuberculosis?

In Brief Tuberculosis (TB) is a resilient, deadly, airborne infectious disease. It is a leading cause of death by infectious diseases worldwide. Sea sponges could hold the key to fighting this highly resistant disease by inhibiting the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB. Many Americans might assume COVID-19 is the only active pandemic at this time. However, they would be wrong. Tuberculosis (TB) kills...

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Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment
Nov06

Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment

In Brief Llamas may present a unique solution to eliminating the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to the extraordinary antibodies they produce. These animals generate antibodies that are much smaller than what is created by their human and other animal counterparts. From these antibodies, even smaller biological soldiers can be generated in the lab: so-called “nanobodies.” Nanobodies have astounding properties that make them a strong...

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Viral Telephone: How COVID-19 Spread from Animals to Humans
Oct06

Viral Telephone: How COVID-19 Spread from Animals to Humans

In Brief: Some scientists are investigating the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  Mutations are a natural result of viral replication. One way to think of a virus mutating is a long game of telephone. Discovering the origins of the novel coronavirus could actually help us prevent a future virus from spiraling into a pandemic.   Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to move on from the COVID-19 pandemic? 2020...

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A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments
Aug25

A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

Spinal cord injuries are much more common than one might expect. As a result, finding a cure would be life changing for millions of Americans. Dr. Michael E. Selzer has been studying this topic for nearly 40 years. He provides insight on how a cure could be developed by looking at an animal capable of repairing its own spinal cord. The sea lamprey, a species of deep sea fish, is capable of regenerating a severed or broken spine. By looking at its genome, scientists hope to one day discover a method to apply the lamprey’s healing capabilities to humans

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Exercise Presents Double-Edged Sword in Addressing Opioid Addiction
May26

Exercise Presents Double-Edged Sword in Addressing Opioid Addiction

In Brief Opioids are addictive drugs doctors prescribe for patients enduring significant pain. Consistent exercise can potentially help people who are addicted to opioids in weaning their use. Some rat studies show frequent exercise decreases the need for large opioid doses, but other studies show conflicting results. Story What’s the current best way to treat patients addicted to painkillers? You might be surprised to learn the...

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