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Research Roundup: “Spin” prevalent in biomedical research papers; Depression and alcohol problems improved long term with primary care interventions

Research Roundup: “Spin” prevalent in biomedical research papers; Depression and alcohol problems improved long term with primary care interventions

“Spin” prevalent in biomedical research papers A PLOS Biology study which examined 35 published meta-analyses and systematic reviews of spin has found that this science hype is prevalent across biomedical studies. While it was difficult to consistently define spin, the study found…
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Research Round-Up: Tardigrades’ genes help them survive extreme conditions; Women and children also exposed to hunting-related pathogens; Isotopes in Neolithic cattle teeth suggest a variety of herding strategies

Research Round-Up: Tardigrades’ genes help them survive extreme conditions; Women and children also exposed to hunting-related pathogens; Isotopes in Neolithic cattle teeth suggest a variety of herding strategies

Tardigrades’ genes help them survive extreme conditions Tardigrades are microscopic animals that can withstand complete dehydration, resurrecting years later when water is again available. To investigate the genes underlying their extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions, researchers analyzed the…
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Research Round-Up: Fruit flies can grow resistant to CRISPR gene drives; Google searches can help track dengue outbreaks; Risk of hantavirus estimated to increase in Brazil

Research Round-Up: Fruit flies can grow resistant to CRISPR gene drives; Google searches can help track dengue outbreaks; Risk of hantavirus estimated to increase in Brazil

Fruit flies demonstrate increasing resistance to CRISPR gene drives Gene drives using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology aim to spread new genes within a natural population in efforts to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and control invasive species. However, this…
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Research Round-Up: Researchers track Leishmania parasite in Brazil; Europe and China have a high burden of traumatic brain injuries; Bacterium promotes development of colorectal cancer

Research Round-Up: Researchers track Leishmania parasite in Brazil; Europe and China have a high burden of traumatic brain injuries; Bacterium promotes development of colorectal cancer

Dogs, wild animals and sand flies in protected area in Brazil carry Leishmania parasite Infected sand flies can transmit the Leishmania parasite through their bites, potentially leading to leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection that can be fatal to humans. This infection…
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