Mass General researchers create bioluminescent tag to detect DNA break repair

BOSTON — A new bioluminescent reporter that tracks DNA double stranded break (DSB) repair in cells has been developed by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. The international team’s novel bioluminescent repair reporter (BLRR)-based system can be used to monitor DNA repair pathways directly in animals as well as…

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DNA nanoswitches rapidly detect Sars-Cov-2 and other emerging viruses

Programmable DNA nanoswitches that bind to viral RNA in human body fluids may provide an inexpensive platform to rapidly detect a wide variety of emerging viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, according to a new study. This approach may make testing more manageable in resource-limited areas, since it does not require enzymes or significant laboratory infrastructure, only costs…

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Urine sediment test results, diagnoses vary significantly across nephrologists

Boston — A new study shows that nephrologists do not always agree on their interpretation of images from urine sediment tests, which are frequently ordered to evaluate a variety of kidney diseases. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center and published in JAMA Network Open, the findings indicate the need to standardize education and training…

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COVID-19 pooling test method from Ben-Gurion U. IDs asymptomatic carriers

BEER-SHEVA, Israel, August 21, 2020 — A new peer-reviewed study published in Science Advances confirms the success of a new COVID-19 pooling test that identifies all positive subjects, including asymptomatic carriers, in a single round of testing. P-BEST, an algorithmic method for pooling-based efficient SARS-CoV-2 testing, was developed by a group of researchers from Ben-Gurion…

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No More Winners for the James Beard Awards, for Now

The James Beard Foundation, which honors outstanding American chefs, restaurants and bars each year in a gala ceremony, said Thursday that it would not announce any more winners for its awards in 2020 and 2021, citing the pandemic that has closed restaurants and continues to ravage the economy. The foundation had already released its list…

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How To Make Your Summer Barbeque a People Pleaser

The great thing about summer, besides holidays and sunshine, is undoubtedly the wonderful invention that is the barbecue. Is it the alfresco dining, the novelty cooking method, or the abundance of juicy meat that we love most? Maybe all three. No matter what your BBQ preferences are, you have to go all out and prepare…

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Live Covid-19 Coverage: Global Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe Department of Health and Human Services is giving permission to pharmacists nationwide to administer all scheduled shots, including the flu vaccine, to children as young as 3.Credit…LM Otero/Associated Press U.S. health agencies announce moves to confront the flu season and plummeting child vaccination rates. Two top U.S. health agencies…

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bagged Peaches Sickens Dozens

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating bagged peaches as a likely source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 68 people across nine states, 14 of whom were hospitalized. The peaches were packaged by Wawona Packing Company and sold in two-pound, clear plastic bags starting June 1. Aldi, the retailer where many of the…

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Evan Kinori Makes Clothes for Men

SAN FRANCISCO — Is this a good time to talk about “enoughness?” It was in long-ago 1973 that the economist E.F. Schumacher first published “Small Is Beautiful,” a seminal (and, to the surprise of some, best-selling) collection of essays critiquing Western economics. Mr. Schumacher was among the first to champion sustainability, localization, small-scale industry and…

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