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Feasibility of Developing Drug Delivery Vehicles

Aptamer Group announced it has signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to explore the potential of using aptamer technology to target the kidney. The two-year agreement will give AstraZeneca use of Aptamer Group's proprietary technology to explore the feasibility of developing the next generation of drug delivery vehicles, called Aptamer Drug Conjugates (ApDCs).

Research: Gene Governing Body's Biological Clock Acts Differently in Males Versus Females

Research suggests that a gene that governs the body's biological (circadian) clock acts differently in evils versus females and may protect females from heart disease. The study is the first to analyze circadian blood pressure rhythms in female mice. The research, published ahead of print in the  American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , was chosen as an APS select  article. 

Study: Child Nutrition Remained Stable a Year After 2015 Earthquake in Nepal

Despite widespread destruction, including severe agricultural-related losses caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, child nutrition remained stable in the hardest hit areas, a new study finds. A team of researchers found that indicators of childhood malnutrition improved or remained stable a year after the earthquake hit. The study, published in PLOS One, also found that household food insecurity decreased significantly over the same period.

Ill Effects on Paraspinal Muscles: Astronauts Who Spend Several Months on Spaceflight are Affected

Astronauts who spend several months on the International Space Station have significant reductions in the size and density of paraspinal muscles of the trunk after returning to Earth, reports to study in  Spine.  Some changes in muscle composition are still present up to four years after long-term spaceflight, according to the new research. Researchers write, "Spaceflight-induced changes in paraspinal muscle morphology may contribute to back pain commonly reported in astronauts."

Second Visual System in Mouse Cerebral Cortex Discovered

The visual system is probably the best understood part of the brain. Over the past 75 years, neuroscientists have assembled a detailed account of how light waves entering your eyes allow you to recognize your grandmother's face, to track to hawk in flight, or to read this sentence. But a new study by UC San Francisco is calling a fundamental aspect of vision science question, showing that even the best-studied parts of the brain can still hold plenty of surprises.