Science news: May 2016

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New tool allows researchers to reproduce conditions of embryonic development in lab

A new microfluidic tool allows scientists to replicate the conditions of embryonic development in the lab.
31 May 2016

25 years since Randy, the sex-reversed mouse

Twenty-five years ago, Robin Lovell-Badge of the Francis Crick Institute was part of a team of scientists who created a transgenic sex-reversed mouse they called Randy.
25 May 2016

White paper on guidelines on stem cell therapy for gut disorders

Could stem cells repair or replace the damaged or missing neurons? Over the last two decades, numerous international groups have been involved in studies to find out if it could be possible to develop stem cell therapy.
20 May 2016

Bacterial immunisation prevents PTSD-like symptoms in mice

Scientists have discovered that immunising mice with a bacterium can reduce stress and inflammation and prevent them from developing post-traumatic stress disorder-like conditions.
17 May 2016

Specialised properties of ‘germinal centre B cells’help production of antibodies

The discovery of specialised mechanical and signalling properties of a certain type of B cells helps them to produce highly potent antibodies during immune responses.
16 May 2016

The secret double life of MSL

In collaboration with scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, the Crick’s Nicholas Luscombe was part of a team that revealed how MSL1, a central component of dosage compensation in flies, interacts with the enzyme CDK7 broader role in the chromosome-wide gene regulation.
16 May 2016

Brain can compensate for reduced olfactory input

The brain can compensate for reduced olfactory input and still obtain useful information, according to new research in mice.
13 May 2016

Steps that lead to genes being switched on revealed in atomic simulation

Researchers have modelled every atom in a key part of the process for switching on genes, revealing a whole new area for potential drug targets.
13 May 2016

Multi-faceted approach to screening genes and proteins improves accuracy

By combining multiple methods for screening genes and proteins, scientists have cut down on false positives and negatives.
12 May 2016

Cells carry 'memory' of injury, which could reveal why chronic pain persists

Researchers have made inroads into understanidng why chronic pain can persist even after the injury that caused it.
12 May 2016

Bugs as drugs

By cataloguing and growing more than 130 gut bacteria, researchers hope the understand more about how our bacterial ‘microbiome’ helps keep us healthy.
04 May 2016

Stiffening of arteries detected in young adults

Arterial stiffness, as an indicator of cardiovascular risk, can be detected in early adulthood.
03 May 2016

Five new breast cancer genes found

Discovery of mutations paves the way for personalised treatment of breast cancer.
02 May 2016