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St. Jude study solves mystery of mammalian ears

...encies. The work also highlights the importance of basic hearing research in studies into the causes of dea...that researchers have the ability to ask some very basic questions about how the body works, and then use those answers to solve medical problems in the futu...

One species, many genomes

... Weigel. Detailed analyses showed that genes for basic cellular functions such as protein production or gene regulation rarely suffer knockout hits. Genes that are important for the interaction with other organisms, on the other hand, such as those responsible for defense against pathogens or infections,...

Research identifies protein that signals flowering in squash plants

...days. In addition to its fundamental importance in basic plant biology, understanding and manipulating the photoperiodic control of flowering time is an important objective in crop breeding and development programs, because it can aid in optimizing crop yields and other traits for local environmental condi...

Simulations unravel outer membrane transport mechanism

...asingly sophisticated crystallographic studies and basic biological data, simulations help researchers study the interactions of multiple proteins in complex systems, such as the TonB-dependent transporter, Gumbart said. “As we get more computational power, we’re looking less at single proteins and more...

How sneaky HIV escapes cells

... paper highlights the importance of studying their basic biochemistry and cell biology, which can yield a better understanding of normal human biology as well as identify new avenues in the fight against human disease.” ...

Envisat captures first image of Sargassum from space

...erful Grid computing to broaden this new view. The basic principle behind Grid computing is that anything one computer can do, a pool of computers can do faster and better, enabling the solution of massively complex tasks beyond the capabilities of a single machine or local network. By using Grid techn...

Stroke study sheds light on left-right brain divide

...ed differences in the ability of people to perform basic tasks, depending on whether the left or right sides of their brains have been damaged by a stroke. The research identified the role of the right side of the brain in noticing and correcting errors. The research focused on damage to the frontal lobes...

Breakthrough developments in rheumatoid arthritis reported

...ese clinical features at his side, he turns to the basic building blocks of life – the human genome – to figure out what makes these people susceptible to the disabling inflammatory condition. Dr. Gregersen has finally closed the circle between key genes identified in his laboratory at the Robert S. Boas...

Researchers reveal structure of protein altered in autism

...ctions. This is another example of how research on basic biological questions, such as the three-dimensional structures of proteins in the brain, can yield valuable medical insights.” Taylor and colleagues have been studying the structure and function of acetylcholinesterase – a structurally related pr...

Research finds that circadian rhythms dominate all life functions

...etabolism. The new study presents oscillation as a basic property of all genes in the organism as opposed to special function of some genes as previously believed. Knowing about oscillation properties of genes involved in metabolism is essential for understanding how genes interact with and regulate healt...

Weizmann Institute scientists develop a general 'control switch' for protein activity

...ute scientists is ready for immediate use, both in basic biomedical research and in the pharmaceutical industry, in the search for proteins that can serve as targets for new drugs. Beyond offering a potent tool that can be applied to any protein, the method has an important advantage compared with other te...

UI anthropologist, colleagues discover remains of earliest giant panda

...of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, shows that the basic anatomy of the giant panda has remained largely unchanged for millions of years. Ciochon says that the skull --, about one-half the size of a modern-day giant panda skull, but anatomically very similar -- indicates that the giant panda has evolved...

Fat fish put obesity on the hook

...en well described. This is one more example of how basic experimental biology – zoology physiology and genetics in this case – can be brought to bear on human problems.” According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of overweight and obesity have risen steadily over the...

Reconstructing the biology of extinct species: A new approach

...reflexively keep the visual image stable. The basic hypothesis of the project was that the organ of ba...ire mammalian sample. "How an animal moves is a basic adaptation," says Walker, an expert in primate locomotion. "Now we have a way to reconstruct how ex...

Researchers develop buckyballs to fight allergy

...o show they can turn off the allergic response and basic immune reactions,” he said. According to Kepley...rrupt’ the allergy/immune response by inhibiting a basic process in the cell that leads to the release of an allergic mediator. Essentially, the buckyballs a...

Adult stem cells from human cord umbilical cord blood successfully engineered to make insulin

...Stressing that the reported discovery is extremely basic research, Urban cautioned: "It doesn’t prove that we’re going to be able to do this in people — it’s just the first step up the rung of the ladder." The lead author of the paper, UTMB professor of internal medicine/endocrinology Larry Denner, said...

New designer lipid-like peptide with lipid nanostructures for drug delivery systems

... Their findings not only help us to understand the basic science of how lipid-like peptides interact with l...igner materials using common amino acids, the same basic molecules from meat, beans and fruits. These lipid-like peptides have excellent potential to solubi...

Gene malfunctions cause schizophrenia, depression symptoms in mice

...istent with the emerging picture from clinical and basic studies of DISC1 as a common genetic and biologically plausible risk factor for major mental illness," concluded Clapcote and colleagues. They wrote that "our findings lend further credence to the growing recognition that schizophrenia and bipolar di...

pHLIP, a novel technology to locate and treat tumors

...example of the reason that the NIH and DOD support basic science—we were working on the principles of membrane protein folding, and made a discovery with important medical implications that wouldn’t have happened without the ideas and approaches used in that work,?Engelman said. Among the applications t...

Amphibians in losing race with environmental change

... rate of global change, a new study suggests. The basic constraints of evolution and the inability of species to adapt quickly enough can explain most of the causes that are leading one species after another of amphibians into decline or outright extinction, say researchers from Oregon State University, i...

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