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Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute network have reported the results in the journal Science Advances.

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Assay of nearly 5,000 mutations reveals roots of genetic splicing errors

Brown biologists have developed a new system, described in Nature Genetics, that identified and tracked hundreds of genetic variations that alter the way DNA is spliced when cells make proteins, often leading to disease.

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Cerebrospinal fluid shows promise as autism biomarker

Researchers from the UC Davis MIND Institute, University of North Carolina (UNC) and other institutions have found that altered distribution of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in high-risk infants can predict whether they will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study appears March 6 in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

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Scientists discover particles similar to Majorana fermions

In condensed matter physics, scientists found a kind of quasiparticles — Majorana zero modes (MZMs) — have similar characters as Majorana fermions. Recently a research team from the Key Laboratory of Quantum Information of the Chinese Academy of Sciences made this achievement on fabrication and manipulation of MZM in an optical simulator. The team led by Profs. LI Chuanfeng, XU Jinshi, and HAN Yongjian implement the exchange of two MZMs in which the non-Abelian statistics of MZMs is supported.

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Insilico Medicine launches Aging.AI — deep-learned predictor of age trained on blood tests

Insilico Medicine launched aging.AI, a system allowing users to guess their age and gender by entering the results of their blood test.

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Study finds males may contribute to offspring’s mental development before pregnancy

A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy.

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Study finds males may contribute to offspring's mental development before pregnancy

A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy.

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An enzyme and synaptic plasticity

Synapses are ‘dynamic’ things: they can regulate their action in neural processes related to learning, for example, but also as a consequence of diseases. A research team — led by SISSA — has demonstrated the role of a small enzyme in synaptic plasticity. The study has just been published in the journal Nature Communications.