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Andrew Feinberg and Lindsay Rizzardi test procedures for storing blood samples on NASA’s microgravity plane.

April 11, 2019

After returning from space, astronaut has no lingering, major epigenetic differences from earthbound twin brother

In a landmark study, a group of U.S. scientists from Johns Hopkins, Stanford University and other institutions has found no long-lasting, major differences between the epigenomes of astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space aboard the International Space Station, and his twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth.

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Experimental Drug Delivers One-Two Punch to Vision Loss

April 10, 2019

Experimental drug delivers one-two punch to vision loss

In studies with lab-grown human cells and in mice, Aleksander Popel and other Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have found that an experimental drug may be twice as good at fighting vision loss as previously thought.

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Mini microscope

April 1, 2019

Mini microscope is the new GoPro for studies of brain disease in living mice

Working with mice, a team of Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers has developed a relatively inexpensive, portable mini microscope that could improve scientists’ ability to image the effects of cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions in the brains of living and active mice over time.

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New computer program reduces spine surgery errors linked to “wrong level” labeling

February 6, 2019

New computer program reduces spine surgery errors linked to “wrong level” labeling

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report that a computer program they designed may help surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real time operating room procedures and avoid the costly and potentially debilitating consequences of operating on the wrong segment.

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January 16, 2019

Study defines differences among brain neurons that coincide with psychiatric conditions

In a new study focusing on four regions of normal human brain tissue, Johns Hopkins scientists have found about 13,000 regions of epigenetic differences between neurons in different brain regions that vary by at least 10 percent.

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Johns Hopkins study sheds light on brain basis of risk-taking behavior

January 7, 2019

How the brain decides whether to hold ’em or fold ’em

A team led by Sridevi Sarma, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins, has found that the decision to “up the ante” even in the face of long odds is the result of an internal bias that adds up over time and involves a “push-pull” dynamic between the brain’s two hemispheres.

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A study show, the richer the reward, the faster you'll move to get it.

December 11, 2018

The richer the reward, the faster you’ll likely move to reach it, study shows

If you are wondering how long you personally are willing to stand in line to buy that hot new holiday gift, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine say the answer may be found in the biological rules governing how animals typically forage for food and other rewards.

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November 19, 2018

Widely used reference for the human genome is missing 300 million bits of DNA

In a new analysis, Johns Hopkins scientists say that the collective genomes of 910 people of African descent have a large chunk — about 300 million bits — of genetic material missing from the basic reference genome.

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October 3, 2018

Do Robot Swarms Work Like Brains?

A new Johns Hopkins study explores navigation similarities between the mind and robot swarms.

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Scenarios of heterogeneity of mutations in driver genes.

September 25, 2018

Identical driver gene mutations found in metastatic cancers

Driver genes in different metastases from the same patient are remarkably similar, providing optimism for the success of future targeted therapies, according to a published study by Science.

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