November 2013

Gene Mutations In mtDNA May Not Be As Rare As Believed

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The human genome is absolutely incredible. There is a symphony of genes turning on and off at different points throughout life and the genome is capable of mutating over the course of a lifetime. Ultimately, the genetic code in one cell might not match the code of another cell. It was recently announced that similar mutations were discovered in people who weren’t even related, implying that mutations aren’t as random as they have been believed to be.

Bionic Brain Implants To Treat Mental Health Disorders

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Researchers are emerging the first bionic implant to aid mental disorders.  Within the next three years Professor Xu-Feng Huang and his researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia will lead the development of a bionic implant which will alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental condition that affects about 1% of the world’s population.