Stan Riddell, Fred Hutch cancer immunotherapy innovator, to present at AAAS Annual Meeting

Dr. Stanley Riddell, an immunotherapy researcher and oncologist at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will present an update on new adoptive T-cell strategies for cancer at the AAAS annual meeting Feb. 14. His presentation will be part of a symposium on the promise and progress of T-cell therapy to fight human diseases. For more than 25 years, Riddell has pioneered experimental therapies that modify and empower the immune system to effectively treat cancers and infectious diseases. —> Read More

Progress in fighting cancer and infections with T cell therapy

The quest to bring immunotherapy into widespread clinical use against cancer and infectious diseases has made great strides in recent years. For example, clinical trials of adoptive T cell therapy are yielding highly promising results. The latest progress is being reported at AAAS 2016 by three international leaders in the field: Professor Dirk Busch, Technical University of Munich; Professor Chiara Bonini, San Raffaele Scientific Institute; and Professor Stanley Riddell, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. —> Read More

Educator challenges AAAS to join the search for Next Einstein

Applied mathematics is at a promising juncture in the developing world. Applied mathematics has become a regional priority for research and education, and the last few years have seen the creation of several mathematical research centers in Africa, funded by the World Bank and international organizations and promoted by the Next Einstein Initiative. These innovative centers are now actively engaged in training a cadre of mathematical scientists and partnering with Western institutions of higher education. —> Read More

Detective scientists discover ancient clues in mummy portraits

Northwestern University researchers have taken CSI to a new level: employing science to investigate details of the materials and methods used by Roman-Egyptian artists to paint mummy portraits more than 2,000 years ago. Clues about the paintings’ underlying surface shapes and colors provide very strong evidence as to how many of the portraits and panel paintings were made. The researchers concluded that three of the paintings likely came from the same workshop and may have been painted by the same hand. —> Read More

This Love Hormone Could Predict Whether Mom And Dad Stay Together

Published: 02/11/2016 10:35 AM EST on LiveScience

A hormone known for its role in bonding and caregiving could predict whether new moms and dads stay together in the first years of their child’s life.

Researchers found a link between low oxytocin levels in the mother during pregnancy and shortly after the baby’s birth and the likelihood that new parents would break up by the time their child was 2 1/2 years old, according to the results, presented Jan. 29 at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego.

“What these data suggest is that lower maternal oxytocin levels are associated with the risk of relationship dissolution by the time the child is a toddler,” study researcher Jennifer Bartz, a psychologist at McGill University in Canada, told an audience at the meeting.

“Suggest” is a key word. The research has yet to be peer-reviewed and published in a journal, Bartz told Live Science, and the total number of breakups among the couples in the study was small.

Nevertheless, the research hints at how hormones might influence relationships, perhaps by altering how people cope with stress or handle caregiving, Bartz said.

“Ideally, the point of using neuroscience methods is, what we know about the biological processes can then deepen our understanding of the psychological processes,” Bartz told Live Science. [11 Interesting Effects of Oxytocin]

Oxytocin’s predictive power

Oxytocin is a powerful molecule, well known for promoting social bonding in animals. And research on humans has found that this hormone affects both parenting behavior and caring for the offspring of others, Bartz said.

In the new study, Bartz and her colleagues collected saliva samples from 341 pregnant women during their first trimester of pregnancy, in the third trimester and then seven to nine weeks after they gave birth. Then, they followed up with —> Read More

Yes, This Sea Lion Is Using A Selfie Stick

A sea lion uses a selfie stick to film its underwater surroundings in beautiful video going viral.

Milo carries a pole, with a GoPro attached, in his mouth as he dives into the water at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

Viewers see him twice swimming down, along and back up to the surface in the 14-second clip posted to YouTube on Thursday.

Aquarium volunteer Hugh Ryono said he made the stick, essentially a GoPro camera mounted to the end of an old target pole that’s used for training animals, “just for fun.”

In a blog post, he said he thought it’d “be neat to see a swimming sea lion from the same selfie stick perspective that surfers and other action sports athletes use to give a ‘you are there’ feel to their shots.”

“The float actually neutralized the weight of the camera and mount which made it easy for a sea lion to hold while swimming underwater,” he added.

But will Milo have copyright over the clip? After all, he did film it.

It’s unlikely. A federal judge said in Jan. that the rights to a toothy selfie taken inadvertently by a grinning macaque monkey could not belong to him.

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