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Scientists discover that three overlapping signals in embryo help get the backbone right

...per signal. This concept is at the root of today's excitement over embryonic stem cells, which are basically naïve cells that, theoretically, can be stimulated to become any tissue of the body. In fact, the proteins normally used by the embryo have recently been put to use in embryonic stem cell work. Noggin, ...

Delaware scientists make significant advance in study of small RNAs

...go way beyond that," she said. "Much of the future excitement will result from different laboratories testing new ideas after looking at the data for their favorite genes or chromosomal regions."She explained that the field of study is booming because small RNAs are important in their regulation of large number...

Microbiology text tells stories, offers online resources

... illustrated by inspiring examples that convey the excitement of the field. The text is designed not as a compendium of facts, but rather a textbook in the traditional sense: a book that can be used for studying rather than for looking up factual information. "Not wanting to overload this book with informa...

Cell therapy slows progression of an inherited neurological disease; Improves motor skills in mice

...n and improved motor coordination. "There is much excitement in the field of cell-based therapy and this study is a clear indication of its potential," says Mahendra Rao, MD, PhD, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Invitrogen Corporation. "This carefully conducted study suggests that a different cell ...

Diverse tropical forests defy metabolic ecology models

...ogy had just come out and were generating a lot of excitement '" as well as considerable skepticism. And we thought, hey, we have an unprecedented opportunity to test these predictions, and to see whether these patterns are really similar across all these forests," remembers Muller-Landau. "If the proposed gene...

Potential vaccine developed for deadly leishmaniasis disease

... new genre of carbohydrate-based vaccines stirring excitement in medical circles. Carbohydrates are chemical compounds that include sugar and are made from units linked together like beads on a chain. "This is the first and only carbohydrate vaccine candidate against this disease," Seeberger stated. "This cand...

Molecular mechanism may explain how fevers spark seizures

...ng what causes the febrile seizures is part of the excitement about this work." Kang got interested in febrile seizures when she was working as a neurologist and epilepsy specialist in her native China. "I was always impressed by how quickly fevers can trigger convulsions in children," she said. "I have been ...

For Stanford scientists, RNAi gene therapy takes two steps forward, one step back

... RNAi gene therapy trials under way, Kay's initial excitement is proving to be on target. However, reaching this point hasn't been without challenges. In the latest twist, Kay, professor of genetics and of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and postdoctoral fellow Dirk Grimm, PhD, report ...

A rice future for Asia

...ope they will then return home with a new sense of excitement about rice and its potential both in science and i...lenge is to try and translate this into a sense of excitement and interest amongst young people in Thailand and all over Asia." ...

Researchers find protein that silences genes

...reams, at present, these sorts of ideas add to the excitement surrounding the field of epigenetics. The Big Turn-Off For many years biologists thought that gene silencing in nucleolar dominance was a result of one set of ribosomal RNA genes being selectively turned on. But in 1997, Pikaard and colleagues f...

Protein 'fingerprint' in spinal fluid could spot Alzheimer's disease

...racy in avoiding false diagnoses." Despite their excitement over the new findings, the researchers stress that the results still need to be replicated in much larger populations. "There's a federally funded, multicenter trial going on right now that involves many more patients, in which many enrollees will...

Notorious cancer gene may work by destroying messenger

...s on and off, including PMR1. “That's the real excitement about this paper,?Schoenberg says. “We came at this with an interest in mRNA decay, and we may have stumbled across a fundamental mechanism of cancer.? Next, Schoenberg and his associates Xiaoqiang Liu and Elizabeth Murray will use three cancer-ce...

Shedding new light on proteorhodopsin

... (HHMI) investigator. There was a great deal of excitement in the biology community in 2000 when proteorhodopsin was first discovered encoded within the genomes of uncultivated marine bacteria. The discovery implied that such bacteria possessed phototrophic as well as respiratory capabilities. This would be...

LIAI scientists make important finding on cytomegalovirus transmission

...pread to uninfected individuals. "The potential excitement in the findings is that we may be able to one day use this kind of treatment in humans to block or significantly reduce the spread of cytomegalovirus and other chronic virus infections." Ware noted that the salivary glands are a primary source of t...

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