Sunday, 18 February 2018 00:00

Muscle Memory Research Could Impact Athletes

If an athlete is caught taking performance-enhancing drugs, punishment often means being suspended for a set number of games, in part in order to ensure the medication is completely out of the athlete’s system. But a new study reveals that short-term suspensions may not be adequate, since the body’s muscles may have the ability to “remember” changes that have been made to them over time.

The discovery was made by a team of British researchers experimenting with the latest genome techniques. The team looked at more than 850,000 sites on human DNA, noting that genes were marked and unmarked with chemical tags whenever changes were made to a muscle, such as through periods of exercise and inactivity. These markings remain throughout a person’s life.

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:00

Stem Cells Could Make Plastic Surgery Safer

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with breast and butt augmentations especially trendy. But developments in stem cell research could permanently change the concept of cosmetic surgery.

Researchers in England say they’ve found a way to use a combination of a patient’s stomach fat cells and stem cells to perform augmentations like penis, breast, and buttock enlargements. The stem cells would serve as a replacement for silicon and other fillers. In doing so, researchers believe surgeons could provide a safer alternative to traditional procedures.

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Scientists are putting a great deal of time into studying beetle penises, and not for the reasons you might think. The behavior of erect beetle genitalia could serve as the perfect inspiration for improvements in medical catheter design.

The issue researchers are trying to solve is the flimsiness of catheters, which need to be able to be easily inserted into the body. However, they can’t be so rigid that they’re unable to maneuver through the body’s interior to get to their target. They also must be able to stay rigid enough inside the body to avoid buckling somewhere along the way, which would cause liquids to stop flowing.

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