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news archive December 2008

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2008-12-23 2008-12-17 2008-12-10
  • Cone Starvation In Retinitis Pigmentosa
    Progressive loss of vision associated with the disease Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is caused by cone cells starving from lack of nutrients and degrading their own parts.
  • Seeing Cancer Specifics
    Fluorescence probes capable of selective molecular imaging of living cancer cells are reported in a paper online.
  • Bringing Galatea To Life?
    Study shows that an inhibitor of the heterotopic ossification disease gene's protein product is partially therapeutic, and therefore offers hope for this devastating condition.
  • Blood Stem Cells Require Editing
    Researchers identify an essential enzyme needed to keep blood stem cells healthy.
  • Reviving Exhausted Immune Cells
    The way in which immune system exhaustion occurs and what steps can be taken to revitalize anti-viral immune responses is reported online.
  • New Inherited Factors Influencing Blood Lipid Levels
    Genetic variants that contribute to the different lipid levels and other metabolic traits that increase the risk of heart disease are reported in three papers published online.
  • Melatonin And Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
    Variants in a gene encoding a receptor for melatonin that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, are reported in three studies published online.
  • Cancer Stem Cells And Melanoma
    Research casts doubt on whether cancer stem cells alone encourage tumour development in melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
  • Molecular Arms Race
    A key immunity-related protein evolved quickly in a molecular 'arms race' with poxviruses.
  • Binding Too Tight
    An explanation for the link between a certain tissue type and coeliac disease is described.

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