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Why A Toxin Produced By Saltwater Algae May Lead To ALS

A computer generated-simulation has allowed scientists to see how a toxin produced by algal blooms in saltwater might cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Penn State College of Medicine researchers investigated an environmental toxin called β-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) that has been linked[1] to significantly increased occurrence of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in populations with frequent dietary consumption […]

Multidisciplinary Study Looks At Effects Of Environmental Factors On Astrocytes

Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed an approach to systematically and simultaneously evaluate the effects of hundreds of environmental factors on the development of neurological diseases. Through a series of investigations, the team has identified environmental factors that boost neurological inflammation, including an herbicide being used in the U.S. that is currently banned […]

Data-driven Approach Identifies Three Sub-types Of Depression

Three sub-types of depression have been identified by scientists from the Neural Computational Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), in collaboration with their colleagues at Nara Institute of Science and Technology and clinicians at Hiroshima University. They found that one out of these sub-types seems to be untreatable by […]

How Big Data Is Changing Science

“This is when I start feeling my age,” says Anne Corcoran. She’s a scientist at the Babraham Institute, a human biology research centre in Cambridge, UK. Corcoran leads a group that looks at how our genomes – the DNA coiled in almost every cell in our bodies – relate to our immune systems, and specifically […]