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Exact Moment a Tau Protein Starts to Become Toxic

Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by Amyloid plaques and tangles, which are basically a bunch of proteins that are folded into a shape allowing multiple copies of the protein to stick together. Interestingly, a new study states that they have discovered the precise moment that these proteins start to become neurodegenerative. Even though over half a million people in Canada suffer

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Editing Cancer Cells to Fight Cancer Cells

CRISPR it the revolutionary gene-editing tool that is taking over the health and medicine world. It is now being used as a cancer-fighting mechanism through the editing the tumour cells to kill other cancer cells. Cancer cells have this strange “rehoming” behaviour where they return to the original tumour after metastasizing – or spreading to – other sites. This perplexing

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Potential Blood Test for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder encompasses a large group of developmental disorders characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication, and the expression of restrictive and repetitive behaviours and/or interests. An incredible new study highlights the need for early diagnosis and offers a way to test if a child is on the spectrum by looking at the metabolites in their blood. Currently,

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Plastic Waste Increases Disease Susceptibility in Coral Reefs

Coral reefs contain the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and are important for many reasons. They protect coastlines from the harmful effects of wave action and tropical storms, and they provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms. But the sad truth is that coral reefs are dying around the world, from pollution, and specifically plastic waste. Plastic waste

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Killer Whales Need Friends

Orcas, or killer whales, are extremely intelligent and social marine creatures. They are at the top of the food chain – no other animals (except humans) hunt killer whales. However, some populations of whales are considered “protected” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There are a few reasons why humans might hunt these beautiful creatures, including for

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