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Cancer researchers add spice to research against rare neuromuscular disease
...first to discover that the protein needs molecular allies
called co-factors to accomplish many of its tasks. Now more than 70 co-factors are known, offering many new targets to potentially stop conditions like Kennedy's disease that involve the receptor itself. Chang's work has led to an understanding of...
Fruit fly gene research may shed light on human disease processes
...round your bananas are more than pests—they may be allies
in a fruitful search for clues to human diseases caused when genes malfunction. "One common misconception is that individual humans may carry 'disease-causing' genes, such as a gene for cancer," explains James Erickson, a biology professor at Texas ...
Invasive species harms native hardwoods by killing soil fungus
... the understory of mature forests by poisoning the allies
of its main competitors," Stinson says. "By killing off native soil fungi, the appearance of this weed in an intact forest could stifle the next generation of dominant canopy trees. It could also invite other native and nonnative weedy plants that cu...
Turning viruses into allies against cancer
...n trying to turn these long-time medical foes into allies
in the fight against cancer. Through genetic engineering, viruses are being re-programmed to take advantage of their natural abilities to infiltrate, commandeer, replicate and destroy, but only in tumor cells and not surrounding healthy tissue. Sev...