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  June 17, 2024
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- Yellow Mice Help Pin-Point Gene Mutations
Researchers hope that a new genetic technique that helps pin-point mutations on specific chromosomes will help us to understand human gene function, and the role of genes in disease.
- Slimming Drug Explained
Scientists are beginning to understand how OEA, a naturally occurring compound that stops mice from overeating, has its effects.
- Key Blind Mice
Research highlights the importance of a DNA-degrading enzyme that helps developing lenses to remain clear.
- Bioengineers Develop Humanized Yeast
Bioengineers at Dartmouth have genetically engineered yeast to produce humanized therapeutic proteins to address the manufacturing crunch currently confronting the biopharmaceutical industry.
- Sharper MicroPET Imaging
Researchers have removed some of the fogginess from PET images of small laboratory animals with a new scanner that is eight times sharper than before.
- 454 Life Sciences Completes First Whole Genome Sequence Using Novel Technology
Complete Adenovirus sequence submitted to GenBank(R) generated by first sequencing method designed to sequence whole genomes not genes
- Organizational Changes Needed at NIH
Greater Resources, Authority, and Flexibility Should Be Given to NIH Director, Says National Academies’ Report
- Study Provides New Insights into Emerging Theory of Gene Regulation
Findings by Clements et al. bolster the emerging theory that something like a code is responsible for orchestrating genetic activity.
- Cloak of Human Proteins Gets HIV Into Cells
Three Johns Hopkins researchers propose, for the first time, that HIV and other retroviruses can use a Trojan horse style of infection, taking advantage of a cloak of human proteins to sneak into cells.
- New Compound Library to Speed Drug Discovery
Making drugs is a difficult and costly business. Before companies spend exorbitant amounts on clinical trials, they have spent significant time and money identifying the best drug candidates. B. Stockwell has developed a possible shortcut.
- New Blood Test Uncovers Individual Risk for Lung Cancer
Smokers carrying a newly found genetic marker are 5-10 times more likely to fall victim to the disease than other smokers; 120 times more than nonsmokers who don't carry the marker
- 2003 Medicine For The Public
Free public lectures cover latest developments in medicine
- Lupus Today: Research Into Action
Conference where national leaders in lupus research will gather to iscuss the latest scientific discoveries about this autoimmune disease and what they mean for the current and future management of lupus.
- Amphetamine Or Cocaine Exposure May Limit Brain Cell Changes That Normally Occur With Life Experiences
New research in rats shows that exposure to stimulant drugs such as amphetamine or cocaine can impair the ability of specific brain cells to change as a consequence of experience.
- A Blind Man Learns To See
A stem cell transplant allowed a blind man to regain his sight after 40 years.
- Dialing Down The Heat
Scientists show that a natural molecule in our body known as SIGIRR regulates inflammation by dampening signals that initiate inflammatory responses.
- A Fatty End To Pathogenic Bacteria
Dietary lipids may help overcome bacterial infections in animal models.
- In Vino Veritas – Red Wine Ingredient Extends Yeast Lifespan By 70%
Resveratrol, abundant in red wine, is one of several drug-like molecules that can extend the lifespan of the baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
- Anti-Malarials Explained
Researchers have identified a molecular target for the class of anti-malaria drugs called artemisinins.
- New Compound That Acts on Peripheral Receptors May Be Promising Treatment for Some Nerve Pain
Hope for chronic pain
- Lipids Get the Spotlight in New NIGMS 'Glue Grant'
Five-year NIH grant for $35 million will fund the Lipid MAPS Consortium.
- Household Products Database
New Information Service Provides Information On Health and Safety of Everyday Products
- Fast-Acting Ebola Vaccine Protects Monkeys
A single shot of a fast-acting ebola vaccine proves similar to strategy successfully used in the past against smallpox.
- Creation of New Neurons Critical to Antidepressant Action in Mice
Proposed role of neurogenesis in lifting mood finds support.
- Newly Identified Tumor Suppressor Cooperates With p53 to Protect Mice Against Tumors
Reduction or elimination of the H2AX gene in mice lacking p53 causes an increase in the number of tumors that develop.
- 57 genes involved in cancer growth
UIC researchers pinpoint 57 genes involved in cancer growth
- The genes involved in skeletal development
New approach to gene knockouts reveals the 'master planners' of the skeleton
- Genes and depression
Gene helps determine whether the stresses of life push you into depression, according to a science study
- XIX International Congress of Genetics documents on-line
The key congress documents are available
- New test opens prenatal genetic diagnosis to all
A non-invasive test which allows faster, cheaper, and less risky prenatal genetic screening was announced by Australian researchers at the International Genetics Congress in Melbourne.
- Battling The Brainstorm
Study offers hope that some epilepsy patients might someday respond to therapies designed to produce seizure-repressing compounds directly in the brain.
- Cadmium’s Disguise Does Damage To Estrogen-Sensitive Tissues
Study shows that cadmium mimics the effects of estrogen, and suggests that even at relatively low doses cadmium might have wide-ranging effects on the body.
- Pirate Protein Allows Infection Of Resting Cells
New research may explain how HIV-1 can still lurk in inactive cells in the human body, only to reappear at a later date.
- Human Chromosome 7 Decoded
Chromosome 7 has been linked to many intensively studied human diseases including cystic fibrosis, hereditary deafness and cancer.
- Special Section: Focus On Music
Six reviews in the July issue of Nature Neuroscience highlight the influence of emerging research (on how the brain processes music) on more general questions in neuroscience.
- Making Transplanted Neurons Feel At Home
These findings suggest that manipulating the scar-forming response of glial cells may increase the chances for successful transplantation therapy.
- Special Issue: 20 Years Of HIV Science
In its July issue, Nature Medicine takes a look back to examine HIV science over the last 20 years, and evaluates the challenges for the immediate future.
- Muscular Dystrophy Meets Its Match
A new approach effectively patches up a genetic defect in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that has proven recalcitrant to new therapies.
- New Genetic Cause Of Lou Gehrig Disease Identified
Scientists have identified a new gene, VEGF, that when mutated results in an increased risk of developing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig disease.
- Clot Busters
A new approach for combating clots shows promise as a means of preventing bleeding in patients who have undergone surgery or for individuals suffering from strokes.
- Genetic Cause For Congenital Heart Defect Found
Screening for GATA4 mutations in humans with heart disease may help researchers understand how congenital heart diseases develop, and aid the discovery of therapeutic and preventative interventions.
- New Class Of Angiogenesis Proteins
Researchers describe a new class of proteins that not only promotes therapeutic angiogenesis in an entirely new way, but also avoids vascular permeability – a troubling side effect seen with other agents now being tested.
- International Cancer Research Portfolio (ICRP)
The International Cancer Research Portfolio, or ICRP, represents a database of information on cancer research awards of the cancer funding organizations that comprise the Common Scientific Outline (CSO) Partners.
- $100 Million Donation To Research Genetics
Philanthropists Eli & Edythe Broad of Los Angeles Give $100M to Create Institute with MIT, Harvard, and Whitehead
- Research may lead to better schizophrenia drugs
MIT researchers have created a schizophrenic mouse that pinpoints a gene variation predisposing people to schizophrenia.
- A Nap May Be As Good As A Full Night’s Sleep
A short nap that includes the two major sleep states may be just as effective as a night’s sleep to fully learn various perceptual skills following training.
- A Brain Region For Universal Grammar?
Broca’s area, a region of the brain involved in language, may be a neural substrate for universal grammar.
- HIV’s Common Touch
Individuals with rare forms of a highly variable class of immune molecules are best able to control infection.
- Arthritis Susceptibility Linked To Gene Variant
A gene variant that confers susceptibility to the disease is identified.
- Stem Cells Cure Diabetes-Like Disease In Mice
Bone marrow stem cells transplanted into mice with a diabetes-like illness raise the animals’ insulin to near-normal levels and significantly reduce their blood sugar levels.

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