- Visualizing Alzheimer Disease In The Living Brain
Japanese scientists describe a new technique for seeing amyloid plaques in living brains using commonly available brain-scanning technology, an important step toward developing an early diagnostic test for this devastating disease.
- RNAi Meets ALS
Two reports show that RNA interference might have therapeutic effects against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
- Predicting Stroke Risk In Sickle Cell Anemia
Study provides a predictive model that can identify sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients at risk of stroke with greater accuracy and faster than current methods allow, which may be useful as a prognostic test.
- Wnt Signals Two Ways To A Healthy Gut
The same signal that ensures that there are cells available to keep your intestine replenished also controls a cell type that is required to defend against bacterial infection.
- Tumour Warning In Blood Explained
Italian researchers have established a genetic mechanism for the long-sought-after link between cancer and blood clotting disorders.
- X Makes Its Mark
Genetic secrets of one of the most intriguing of human chromosomes: the X chromosome revealed.
- Vital Fertilization Factor Found
Researchers have, for the first time, identified a protein on sperm that is essential for fusion with eggs during fertilization.
- Controlling Breast Cancer
Scientists have determined the shape of a receptor that is centrally involved in the development of hormone-sensitive breast cancers.
- Anti-Wrinkle Treatment
Report shows that features of premature aging can be reversed in cell culture.
- Genetic Factors In Heart Function
Two studies identify new genetic mutations underlying congenital heart malformations.
- New Insights Into Muscle Growth Regulation
New research has identified a way to regulate muscle growth in a way that should minimise the chance of unwelcome side effects, unlike current therapies.
- The Best Muscle Gene Therapy Of All?
Researchers have identified the optimal means of delivering therapeutic genes to muscle tissues with a single intravenous injection -- an approach that may prove useful for treating heart disease and muscular dystrophies.
- DNA Breaks Trigger Degeneration
Researchers have shown that patients with a neurodegenerative disease known as SCAN1 (spinocerebellar ataxia with axonal neuropathy-1) may have trouble repairing a specific type of defect in their DNA.
- Secrets Of HIV Unbound
Researchers describe the structure of the unbound form of gp120 derived from simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV).
- Stem Cell Puzzle Explained
Study shows how a stem cell can be committed to making a specific type of mature cell, while remaining undifferentiated until it is needed.