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Miniature human brain implants survive, grow inside mice for months

Miniature human brain implants survive, grow inside mice for months

Science
April 16 (UPI) -- Miniature human brains, or human brain organoids, can survive and grow after being implanted in the skulls of mice. It's the first time human cerebral organoids have been installed inside another species.Researchers describe the breakthrough in a new paper published Monday in the journal Nature Biotechnology.Scientists grew the pea-sized brains from stem cells and then placed them inside the skulls of mice. Researchers removed a small amount of tissue to make room for the miniature brains. Tiny, transparent windows in the skulls of the test mice allowed scientists to keep tabs on the brain implants -- the organoids were also designed to express a green fluorescent protein, causing them to glow inside the mice skulls.Roughly 80 percent of the implants were successfully rec...
Germany coalition deal reached after months of wrangling

Germany coalition deal reached after months of wrangling

World
Germany is set to emerge from months of political deadlock after Angela Merkel's conservatives (CDU/CSU) finally agreed a coalition deal with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).Negotiators have agreed on the division of key ministries - one of the last hurdles towards forming a government.It could end more than four months of wrangling since inconclusive elections in September.But the deal will still need to be approved by SPD members.Many in the party fear that re-entering a coalition with CDU/CSU could damage it in the long term.In a joint news conference on Wednesday, Chancellor Merkel said the agreement gave the basis for a "good and stable government".Germany's marriage of convenienceSPD membership spike sparks concernSPD leader Martin Schulz thanked the conservatives for making w...
Breastfeeding for two months cuts risk of SIDS in half

Breastfeeding for two months cuts risk of SIDS in half

Health
Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The benefits of breastfeeding are well known, but now a new study has found that breastfeeding for two months cuts the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in half.A new study, published in the October edition of Pediatrics, found that breastfeeding for at least two months cuts the risk of SIDS in half.Previous studies have shown the benefits of breastfeeding for not just the baby but the mother as well. A study in February of more than 4,700 Korean women found a link between longer duration breastfeeding and a lower risk of metabolic syndrome in the mother.Researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine analyzed eight international studies of 2,259 cases of SIDS and 6,894 controls for the study."Breastfeeding for just two months reduces the risk of SIDS by ...
Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation

Mars research subjects to emerge after 8 months of isolation

Technology
After eight months of living in isolation on a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat on Sunday and return to civilization. Their first order of business after subsisting on mostly freeze-dried and canned food: Feast on fresh-picked pineapple, papaya, mango, locally grown vegetables and a fluffy, homemade egg strata cooked by their project's lead scientist. The crew of four men and two women were quarantined on a vast plain below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in January. All of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay — the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth. They are part of a study designed to better understand the psychological effects that a long-term m