A mysterious mummy that sat in a German collection for over a century was once an Incan woman who was murdered with blunt-force trauma to the head, possibly in a ritual sacrifice, new research suggests.
Dozens of skeletons might lie beneath the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, according to archaeologists who have dug up a medieval mass grave near the renowned museum. Exposed during work to build an elevator in an area designed to house an … Continue reading →
To identify the mutations that generated the most relapse-prone leukemia, the scientists competed single cancer cells against each other within a zebrafish.Credit: Jessica Blackburn/Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard stem cell scientists have identified a mutation in human cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia that likely drives relapse. The research, published in Cancer Cell, could translate into improved patient care strategies for this particular blood cancer, which typically affects
Jessica S. Blackburn, Sali Liu, Jayme L. Wilder, Kimberly P. Dobrinski, Riadh Lobbardi, Finola E. Moore, Sarah A. Martinez, Eleanor Y. Chen, Charles Lee, David M. Langenau. (2014). Clonal Evolution Enhances Leukemia-Propagating Cell Frequency in T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia through Akt/mTORC1 Pathway Activation, Cancer Cell, Other: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.01.032
The paper by Michael Benrós and colleagues  talking about an "increased risk of subsequent autoimmune diseases in individuals with schizophrenia" caught my eye recently. Based on a trawl of the records of several thousands of people with "schizophrenia-like psychosis" or "individuals with autoimmune disease" derived from Danish nationwide registers (see here for some background), the authors were able to conclude that "Autoimmune diseases developed subsequently in 3.6% of
Benrós ME, Pedersen MG, Rasmussen H, Eaton WW, Nordentoft M & Mortensen PB (2013). A Nationwide Study on the Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Individuals With a Personal or a Family History of Schizophrenia and Related Psychosis., The American journal of psychiatry, PMID: 24129899
UChicago biologist Trevor Price and his team discover a new family of birds containing just one species living in Asia.
Alstrom P., Hooper D.M., Liu Y., Olsson U., Mohan D., Gelang M., Le Manh H., Zhao J., Lei F. & Price T.D. & (2014). Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds, Biology Letters, 10 (3) 20131067-20131067. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067
For years, sports commentators who spew evidence-free clichés about the keys to athletic victory have monopolized our airwaves. But recently a technique some of them view as akin to witchcraft, but that’s more commonly known as “statistical analysis,” has begun to bring an end to their reign of terror. The latest volley in this ongoing […]
Pitts, J. (2014). Determinants of Success in the National Football League's Postseason: How Important Is Previous Playoff Experience?, Journal of Sports Economics, DOI: 10.1177/1527002514525409