Science news: Apr 2014

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Discovery of anti-appetite molecule released by fibre could help tackle obesity

An anti-appetite molecule that is naturally released when we eat fibre could help in the development of methods to reduce appetite and control over-eating.
29 April 2014

Metabolism may have started in our early oceans before the origin of life

The chemical reactions behind the formation of common metabolites in modern organisms could have formed spontaneously in the earth’s early oceans.
25 April 2014

Peptide missing in narcolepsy patients plays unique role in brain

Research shows that the peptide lacking in the brains of patients with narcolepsy generates a unique signature of brain activity in healthy people.
24 April 2014

Skin layer grown in lab could replace animal testing

Scientists have developed the first lab-grown epidermis (the outermost skin layer) with a functional permeability barrier akin to real skin.
24 April 2014

First genetic link discovered to difficult-to-diagnose breast cancer sub-type

Researchers have identified the first genetic variant specifically associated with invasive lobular carcinoma - a sub-type of breast cancer that is accounts for up to 15 per cent of cases.
17 April 2014

Targeting sperm protection in mosquitoes could help combat malaria

Researchers have discovered a way of reducing the fertility of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
07 April 2014

Light-activated neurons from stem cells restore function to paralysed muscles

Researchers have developed a new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to paralysed muscles.
04 April 2014