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Bronfenbrenner book sums up human development

...d in contemporary society and the role of peers in influencing child development, a comparison of child development in the United States with that in the former Soviet Union, as well as the challenges of child development in disadvantaged socioeconomic settings. "Bronfenbrenner has himself been the foremost the...

Circadian clock genes reign in duration of fruit fly copulation

...d and timeless control copulation--for example, by influencing male development or acting as components of a molecular timer....

Nevada researcher re-ignites mammal reproduction debate

... of glucose around the time of conception could be influencing the sex of the animal's offspring. "A high-fat diet can result in higher levels of glucose, thereby supporting the hypothesis that glucose may be contributing to the sex of the mammal's offspring," Cameron said. This finding is key to the Trivers...

Heartless worms hold clues to cardiac arrhythmias, sudden death

...d that other proteins -- modulating factors -- are influencing HERG channel susceptibility to drug block. That's where the worm came in. "This paper is really a proof of principle of the utility of using C. elegans to search for these HERG-interacting proteins," Petersen said. Even though the worm doesn't have ...

Stanford researcher's findings may shed light on common, deadly birth defect

...ng "city" of brain structures and facial features, influencing each phase of development in slightly different ways. Like an architect overseeing a complicated building process, a key protein required early in development for embryonic survival exerts a waning but vital influence throughout the sequential constr...

DNA variations surprise researchers

...rences affecting physical or behavioural traits by influencing the expression of specific genes, but they could also predispose to future disease," said BWH's Dr. Charles Lee, co-principal investigator and assistant professor at HMS. "For example, the most common LCV involves amylase genes. Our study shows that ...

What are babies thinking before they start talking?

...uage they speak," Hespos said. "So, if language is influencing adults' thought, one of our questions was, what's going on with preverbal infants? Do children think before they speak? "Language capitalizes on a pre-existing system of 'I live in a 3-D world, I know how objects behave and interact,'" she continued....

Bacterial protein recycling factor possible key to new class of antibiotics

...we launched our studies of RRF." Most antibiotics influencing protein synthesis act by stopping its molecular machinery. However, none as yet target the recycling step. "We believe RRF is one of the best candidates for a new antibiotics target because the mechanism involved in recycling of the protein-making ma...

In the obese, metabolic adaptations post-weight loss lead to regaining of shed pounds

...composition, food palatability, physical activity) influencing motivational and metabolic components of a genetically determined set of central systems. While the data suggest that these metabolic adaptations might hinder successful weight maintenance, it should not imply that successful weight maintenance is u...

Protein believed to control formation of memory identified by Scripps & UCSD scientists

...g and memory. It also provides a new mechanism for influencing cognitive function. And it suggests a possible treatment for the mental retardation associated with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome. The article, "CBP histone acetyltransferase activity is critical component of memory consolidation" by Edward Korzus, Mic...

Adirondack Atlas

... atlas encourages readers to think about questions influencing the park and its future. "Through the creation of this book, we hoped to create a mirror for this park and its people, both for the benefit of those who live in and enjoy the Adirondacks and for those elsewhere who are struggling with common questio...

Indoor mold, building dampness linked to respiratory problems and require better prevention

...ure to mold from all the other factors that may be influencing health in the typical indoor environment," said committee chair Noreen Clark, dean, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. "That said, we were able to find sufficient evidence that certain respiratory problems, including symptom...

Citizens asked to monitor impact of invasive bird species

...e a true picture of the current status and factors influencing breeding success of native cavity-nesting species. One thing is known for sure: In head-to-head competition, house sparrows readily out-compete native species for nesting sites by evicting other nesting birds, destroying their eggs, killing nestlings...

Soy consumption could help prevent prostate cancer and male pattern baldness

...te. "Directly binding and inactivating DHT without influencing testosterone gives equol the ability to reduce many of the harmful effects of androgens without affecting the beneficial ones," said Robert J. Handa, PhD, senior author of the study and professor in the department of biomedical sciences at Colorado ...

Envisat fishes up facts behind Chilean giant squid invasion

...ata reveal that a coastal upwelling that typically influencing the waters between Chilo and the mainland was not seen in the last week of February. "This caused an influx of warmer water, between 0.5 and 1.5 degrees, and also squid, which are attracted to steep temperature and salinity gradients in the sea wher...

New study seeks to establish mechanism between areas of the brain and continence

...ion of the cerebral cortex most nearly immediately influencing movements of the face, neck and trunk, and arm and leg. Past studies have shown that the contracting of the EAS or pelvic floor to direct stimulation of the motor cortex, the cerebral cortical activity map related to voluntary contraction of this sp...

Predators and human health

...ful acorn crops, the relative role of predators in influencing abundance in the species is still at a nascent stage. Furthermore, what is really more important than a rodent species' population per se, explains Ostfeld, is to understand how population dynamics drive rodent behavior which in turn influences ...

Federal grant supports advances in infant heart disease at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

...Levy, will study cellular and molecular mechanisms influencing the usability of replacement heart valves for children with heart disease. Project 2, led by Deborah Driscoll, M.D., of the Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, will analyze the role of specific genes involved in early cardiac developmen...

Could memory performance and spatial learning be genetically based?

...l navigation detected two QTLs on chromosome X as influencing spatial navigation performance; and One QTL (Nav-1, centered at DXRat21, significant for linkage) influenced the acquisition performance without affecting spatial accuracy performance. The second QTL (Nav-2, centered at DXRat25, significant for li...

Gene predisposes infants to neurologic injury after heart surgery

...tudies to investigate the role of gene variants in influencing neurologic injury in children with congenital heart disease." The research team evaluated 244 children at age one who had undergone surgery to repair a congenital heart defect at less than six months of age. All the children were patients at the C...

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