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A polymer (left; beige material) contracts in blue light (right). Photo credit: Jonathan Barnes / ACS
Muscle-like material expands and contracts in response to light

April 5, 2019

Just as controlled-release medications slowly dole out their cargo after they experience a pH change in the body,…
Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers

June 12, 2017

Rice University chemists can thank the mussel for putting the muscle into their new macroscale scaffold fibers. The…
Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs

February 16, 2017

Single infusion restores strength and prolongs affected canines’ lives in UW Medicine-led study Work on gene therapy is…
It’s how you splice it: Scientists discover possible origin of muscle, heart defects

November 20, 2016

The basic biological process called alternative splicing proves vital in making sure important muscle cell proteins switch from…
Study: knees, hips – but not ankles – power the fastest olympic sprinters

August 21, 2016

As fans around the world have marveled at the athletic feats performed in the 2016 Summer Olympics, University…
Same immune-system proteins may first giveth, then taketh away motor control

April 12, 2016

Princeton University researchers have found that a family of proteins with important roles in the immune system may…
An IRCM breakthrough leads to a potential drug for a rare disease for a treatment for primary mitochondrial myopathy

February 18, 2016

A drug candidate discovered by Peter W. Schiller, Director of the Chemical Biology and Peptide Research unit at…
Researchers make progress toward healing scarred hearts

January 14, 2016

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have uncovered two specific…
Research shows benefits, danger of Ultraman competition

November 19, 2015

A team of Florida State University researchers found that the endurance competition called the Ultraman can lead to…
Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cells

September 20, 2015

A new study has uncovered the genetic processes that link insufficient protein consumption during pregnancy with the development…
Research sheds light on how neurons control muscle movement

June 24, 2015

Stanford University researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of…
Researchers stimulate larynx muscles with light

June 3, 2015

Proof-of-principle study may show the way to a new treatment option Researchers at the University of Bonn have…
Age-reversal effects of ‘young blood’ molecule GDF-11 called into question

May 19, 2015

The leading theory for why the blood of younger mice rejuvenates the muscles of older mice is now…
New Cause Discovered for Arterial Stiffness, a Contributor to Cardiovascular Disease

May 12, 2015

Increased vascular stiffness has been identified as an important part of hypertension in aging adults. Previous studies of…
Oxygen uptake in respiratory muscles differs between men and women during exercise

February 4, 2015

Muscles necessary for breathing need a greater amount of oxygen in women than in men, according to a…
First contracting human muscle grown in laboratory

January 14, 2015

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native…
Long-term endurance training impacts muscle epigenetics

December 9, 2014

A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that long-term endurance training in a stable way alters…
How do our muscles work? Scientists reveal important new insights into muscle protein

November 27, 2014

MFPL scientists reveal important new insights into muscle protein Scientists led by Kristina Djinović-Carugo at the Max F.…
Scientists identify which genes are active in muscles of men and women

September 30, 2014

New report in the FASEB Journal maps the transcriptome of human skeletal muscle, revealing never-before-identified gene activity and…
Researchers discover a key to making new muscles

September 8, 2014

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have developed a novel technique to promote tissue repair in damaged…
Why age reduces our stem cells’ ability to repair muscle

September 8, 2014

As we age, stem cells throughout our bodies gradually lose their capacity to repair damage, even from normal…
Imaging techniques help rebuild ancient fauna

August 13, 2014

The advancements of tomographic techniques have, for the first time, provided a non-destructive histological ‘section’ of dermal plates.Image: Taro…
Tiny muscles help bats fine-tune flight

May 24, 2014

Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to control the stiffness and…
Regenerative medicine approach improves muscle strength, function in leg injuries

May 1, 2014

Damaged leg muscles grew stronger and showed signs of regeneration in three out of five men whose old…
Study reaffirms soy-dairy protein blend increases muscle mass

April 30, 2014

A new study published online in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows additional benefits of consuming a blend of soy…
Energizing sick mitochondria with vitamin B3

April 8, 2014

Effective treatment for mitochondrial disease Vitamins B have recently been turned out to be potent modifiers of energy…
Light-activated neurons restore function to paralysed muscles

April 5, 2014

A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralysed…
Self-Healing Engineered Muscle Grown in the Laboratory

April 2, 2014

Strong, lab-grown muscle is the first to heal itself after animal implantation Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal…
A new way to make muscle cells from human stem cells

March 23, 2014

As stem cells continue their gradual transition from the lab to the clinic, a research group at the…
Motion and muscles don’t always work in lockstep, researchers find in surprising new study

March 17, 2014

Animals “do the locomotion” every day, whether it’s walking down the hall to get some coffee or darting…
Tension triggers muscle building

March 15, 2014

Max Planck scientists discover important mechanism for muscle building Skeletal muscles are built from small contractile units, the…
Discovery of a ‘conductor’ in muscle development

February 26, 2014

A team led by Jean-François Côté, researcher at the IRCM, identified a ”conductor” in the development of muscle…
Researchers rejuvenate stem cell population from elderly mice, enabling muscle recovery

February 17, 2014

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have pinpointed why normal aging is accompanied by a diminished ability to…
Researchers discover molecule behind the benefits of exercise

January 8, 2014

While it’s clear that exercise can improve health and longevity, the changes that occur in the body to…
Biceps bulge, calves curve, 50-year-old assumptions muscled aside

July 10, 2013

The basics of how a muscle generates power remain the same: Filaments of myosin tugging on filaments of…
Alzheimer’s disease protein controls movement in mice

June 22, 2013

Researchers in Berlin and Munich, Germany and Oxford, United Kingdom, have revealed that a protein well known for…
Muscle Repair After Injury Helped by Fat-Forming Cells

April 22, 2013

UC San Francisco scientists have discovered that muscle repair requires the action of two types of cells better…
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