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news archive February 2004

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2004-02-25 2004-02-17 2004-02-14
  • Protein ID Mapping Service Available
    Ariadne Genomics, Inc., today announced the availability of Protein ID Mapping, enabling biology researchers from academia and pharmaceutical industry to map protein IDs from one database source or microarray platform to another.
  • Researchers Identify New Cause of Insulin Resistance
    Researchers have tracked the cause of insulin resistance in the offspring of patients with type 2 diabetes to abnormalities in their mitochondria.
  • MIT team discovers memory mechanism
    MIT neuroscientists have discovered a new brain mechanism controlling the formation of lasting memories.
  • Human Embryonic Stem Cells May Promise Medical Advances
    For the first time, researchers have reported the development of versatile "pluripotent" human embryonic stem cells, potentially capable of becoming any cell in the body, from a cloned human blastocyst.
  • Yeast's Variety Show
    New research into a family of cell wall proteins shows how yeast can present a variety of "faces" to its environment.
  • Bringing Nerve Cells Together
    The initial formation of the synaptic connections that enable neurons to communicate with each other is a complex process, with newly formed synapses helping to direct how a dendrite will grow.
  • Anti-Obesity Drugs Could Increase Risk Of Colorectal Cancer
    Compounds being developed into drugs to treat atherosclerosis and obesity may put patients at risk for colorectal cancer.
  • Tumor Treatment Blocks Blood Vessels
    Scientists highlight the effects of bevacizumab (Avastin), an antibody that inactivates VEGF, on blood vessels in rectal tumors.
  • Cerebral Malaria Often Misdiagnosed
    The findings in this study will be important for correctly identifying cerebral malaria patients for future clinical trials and have new implications for diagnosing cerebral malaria.
  • Protecting Baby
    A systemic change occurs in the immune systems of pregnant women that lessens the possibility of fetal rejection as well as other potentially harmful autoimmune reactions.
  • Down Syndrome Gene Helps Brain Cells Connect
    Every one of the trillion cells in the brain may have a unique identity, assigned by a gene called Dscam, and the same gene in humans has been implicated in Down syndrome.
  • Complete Picture Of A Human Immune Pathway
    This snapshot of the hundreds of interactions involved provides the most complete and realistic picture to date of how this regulatory system functions, and identifies many potential targets for therapeutic intervention.
  • Maternal Diet Affects Offspring Longevity In Mice
    This finding may have implications for pregnant and breast-feeding human mothers.

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