WHSD? The Week in Science

New light has been shed on the astonishing way bacteria prioritise their DNA repair work. A team at the University of Bristol discovered a greater similarity between bacteria and human DNA repair than previously thought.

Type 1 diabetic men may be able to grow their own insulin-producing cells, research has shown. Scientists at Georgetown University Medical Centre were able to morph stem cells, taken from human testicular tissue, into insulin-secreting cells.  They managed use these cells to lower the blood glucose level of mice for around a week- effectively curing the of diabetes for the time period.

A study into the effects boxing has on health has shown 10-20% of boxers develop persistent mental impairments. Hans Förstl from the Technical University Munich found the repeated brain traumas resulting from a long boxing career may result in boxer’s dementia – which is similar to Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists have snapped a forth planet in a solar system similar to our own. An international team of astronomers named the planet HR8799e, which sits in a solar system orbiting the HR8799 star, 129 light years away.

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2 Responses to WHSD? The Week in Science

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  2. Once again, superb updates.

    The insulin-sperm-mice thing has been picked up by most of the papers this week. It’s a really good piece of research and if it comes to anything then that’ll be brilliant.


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