COFFEE BREAK NEWS FOR LIFE SCIENTISTS

diet

Quick Changes You’ll Notice After Eating More Healthily

Why Should You Stay Healthy?

When life is overtaken by busy events and career goals, sometimes with family on the side as another constant distraction, it can be difficult to find time to plan out healthy meals or keep your body in the condition which, deep down, you know it should (and can) be in. But just eating more healthily will produce amazing results which you will notice within your mind and body.

data

Data Detective Exposes Fraud and Mistakes in Leading Clinical Trials

A small number of
diligent people is rooting around scientific records for suspicious data in
clinical research. Anaesthetist for
England’s National Health Service John Carlisle is one of them. He has spotted numerous
problems in a large number of research papers, and
his findings have led to hundreds of retracted papers, due to both misconduct and mistakes. Even a leading
medical journal has changed its practice after a few Carlisle’s discoveries.

DNA

The Present And Future of Gene Drives

Gene drives are capable of altering genomes of entire animal populations by passing down mutations through generations faster than natural inheritance. The main goal of using them is to defeat diseases, control pests and speed up lab work. Self-destructing mosquitoes and sterilized rodents are in the center of interest. However, recent advancements raise concerns about unleashing this powerful technology with no clear ecological consequences

nuclear waste

Scientists Use Molecular “Claw” to Remove Uranium From Irradiated Mice

Researchers from China’s
Soochow University have developed a new molecular “claw” that hooks onto toxic uranium
isotopes, making them easier for the kidneys to excrete. If proven functional
in humans, it would represent the first effective way for quickly removing the
heavy metal from a person’s body. The method could prove vital in areas with contaminated
groundwater and for the unfortunate ones who drink it.

blood

Gut Microbes Converted Type A Into Universal Donor Blood

Scientists from the University
of British Columbia (UBC) have found a way to nearly double the amount
of universal donor blood available. They discovered microbes in the human gut that produce
two enzymes which efficiently strip type A blood of its antigens, transforming
it into type O. This process could ease blood shortages and revolutionize blood
donation and transfusion.