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Scientists build artificial neurons to cure chronic disease
Scientists from the University of Bath have achieved a first-of-its-kind artificial neuron on a silicon chip that behaves like a real biological neuron. The technology, published on December 3 in Nature Communications, is intended to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure or Alzheimer's disease.  Discuss
Algorithm detects unknown anomalies in RNA-seq data
A new computational approach to analyzing gene expression data is presented by computational biologists from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and published in Cell Systems on November 27.  Discuss
Data Science Vital to Large-Scale Cellular Studies
Data science as a discipline has become a central aspect of many commercial endeavors. A large range of distinct applications have adopted its approaches and techniques. Despite the major differences in many of these applications, some of the techniques can be transferred from old and established data-driven fields to new, completely separate data-intensive areas. For example, certain image analysis algorithms from astronomy can be applied in fields involving microscopy.  Discuss
Researchers use drug repurposing to identify new treatment for Metabolic Syndrome
A research team from the University of Trento find a novel method for using old drugs in new ways, specifically for Metabolic Syndrome. This revolutionary technique, published on November 18 in Nature Communications, uses a systems biology approach to investigate deregulated biological processes and identify drug repurposing candidates.  Discuss
New imaging technique gains an advantage with deep learning software
Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed a new technique that applies deep learning to quantify images generated from fluorescence lifetime imaging. Details of the deep neural network they developed, called FLI-Net, are described in the November 12 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
New model uses bioinformatics to identify aggressive breast cancers
Researchers from the University of Bonn propose a new method to determine the prognosis of disease using the patients' tumor tissue. The results were published in Cell Reports on October 29.  Discuss
Software improves the speed of identifying potential new antibiotics
Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University and seven other institutions developed a software tool that can play a high-speed "Match Game" to identify bioactive molecules and microbial genes that produce them so they can be evaluated as new antibiotics and other therapeutic agents. This work was published in Cell Systems on October 16.  Discuss
Dementia-associated atrophy predicted by brain networks
A new study uses brain maps to predict how brain atrophy spreads in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The experiment, conducted by UC San Francisco scientists, adds to a growing body of data suggesting that brain cell loss associated with dementia spreads via synaptic connections between established brain networks.  Discuss
DNA Metabarcoding used to analyze human diet
A collaborative study from US researchers demonstrates that DNA metabarcoding has promise for characterization of human diets. The research, which was published in mSystems on October 8, provides evidence that DNA sequencing-based approaches can be successfully applied to human samples.  Discuss
New synthetic vaccine fights infectious disease with assistance from the data cloud
A new synthetic vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Bristol and the French National Centre for Scientific Research can be stored at warmer temperatures due to an engineered scaffold design. The details of the Chikungunya vaccine candidate are published in Science Advances on September 25.  Discuss
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