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Genes In The Interferon System Important In Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

...oimmune diseaseSLE. Since then they have shown the importance of the interferon systemin a number of works. This has led to the recognition of theirhypothesis in the last year, and today it represents a white-hot fieldof research that has attracted a great deal of interest in thepharmaceutical industry. This pi...

UCSB scientists probe sea floor venting to gain understanding of early life on Earth

...on other planets. "We are highly conscious of the importance of microbes in the grand scheme of things," said Haymon. "Indeed, they are the greatest biomass on the planet. They are strongly implicated as the earliest life here and perhaps elsewhere." The direct linkages between life and planetary processes on...

New binding target for oncogenic viral protein

... tumorigenesis. "I think this work underlines the importance of Fbw7 as an emerging tumor suppressor and the consequences of its loss in tumors," Dr. Welcker emphasized. "The study of DNA tumors viruses has been an extremely important tool in understanding the cellular pathways that regulate cell division and...

Scientists seek answers on what activates deadly anthrax spores

... Ph.D., the principal investigator. "The potential importance of such a germination control mechanism in anthrax is clear, as spore germination and outgrowth are fundamental to proliferation." Claiborne, co-director of Wake Forest's Center for Structural Biology, added, "Basic understanding of the regulatory s...

Gene variations explain drug dose required to control seizures

...ugs tested, the SCN1A variant may be of particular importance for understanding patient response to drug treatment, said the researchers, noting that many other anti-epilepsy drugs act on related brain proteins. "The range of doses taken by patients at epilepsy clinics is great," Goldstein said. "For someone a...

Scientists decipher genome of fungus that can cause life-threatening infections

... strains of Cryptococcus neoformans, afungus whose importance as a human pathogen has risen in parallel withthe ...yeast, is an opportunistic human pathogenof global importance that is used by researchers as a model for fungalpathogenesis. Since the 1980s, the number of Crypto...

Plant hemoglobins: Oxygen handlers critical for nitrogen fixation

...earchers to assess for the first time the role and importance of these proteins in plants. The results of the study indicate that symbiotic hemoglobins are important for oxygen transport and energy metabolism in plant root nodules. Furthermore, these proteins help to maintain free-oxygen concentrations in nodul...

Essential mangrove forest threatened by cryptic ecological degradation

...ecent killer tsunami has highlighted once more the importance of coastline protection. In natural conditions, this function is taken up by mangroves, forests thriving at the edge of land and sea that are ecologically and socio-economically important for local people in tropical countries on all continents. Usin...

Weill Cornell Research Reveals Secrets Of Trafficking Within Cells

...ained, scientists have long known how to gauge the importance of particular proteins, using a kind of Òon/offÓ comparison. They do this by using Òknock-outÓ mice genetically engineered to either express -- or not express -- the protein under study. But Dr. Ryan's group wanted to go deeper, and discover what ha...

Critical role in programmed cell death identified

... genetics at Dartmouth Medical School, reveals the importance of mitochondria in cell death in the roundworm C. elegans, enhancing the view of how cell death is conserved from worms to humans. "Now it seems that there is really one way of killing cells and it involves these mitochondria. Using genetics, we cou...

New studies suggest airborne SARS transmission is possible

...from frequently touched surfaces, highlighting the importance of strict adherence to infection control precautions to prevent SARS coronavirus transmission in the health care setting. In the Hong Kong study, which focused on the 2003 SARS outbreak at the Prince of Wales Hospital, 41 percent of patients admitte...

Breast Cancer May Be 'Uniquely Sensitive' To Inhibitors Of PI3K Pathway

...nter." A clearer picture is now emergingabout the importance of the phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K)pathway...loped and tested, says Mills, who is discussingthe importance of this pathway at the annual San Antonio Breast CancerSymposium meeting. “At least 20 different com...

Genetic Variation Visualization - From EMBL

...nter." A clearer picture is now emergingabout the importance of the phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K)pathway...loped and tested, says Mills, who is discussingthe importance of this pathway at the annual San Antonio Breast CancerSymposium meeting. “At least 20 different com...

New Mixing Method for Microchip-Sized Labs

...nter." A clearer picture is now emergingabout the importance of the phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K)pathway...loped and tested, says Mills, who is discussingthe importance of this pathway at the annual San Antonio Breast CancerSymposium meeting. “At least 20 different com...

South America's vast pantanal wetland may become next everglades, UNU experts warn

... than regional or national levels. Recognizing the importance of cooperation at the regional level between Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay--the three countries in whose territory the wetland lies-- stakeholders at the workshop convened by UNU-PREP and UNU IAS in Brazil in October 2003 expressed their willingness t...

Affymetrix and the Karolinska Institutet Announce Translational Medicine Strategic Alliance

..., that we want to study in order to understand the importance of genetic factors for emergence and treatment of various diseases. The agreement enables us to perform these studies at an acceptable cost and we will also get access to new technology at an early stage. Our expectation is that this cooperation will...

Measuring the impact of post-genomics on Mediterranean populations

...ean Sea. Delegates at the event also discussed the importance of Euro-Mediterranean partnerships in order to capitalise on post-genomic research. The life sciences ?in particular following the mapping of the human genome ?offer vast opportunities to improve scientific knowledge and approaches to improving huma...

Breast-Cancer Risk Linked to Exposure to Traffic Emissions at Menarche, First Birth

... are provocative in providing evidence both of the importance of early exposures and of the potential importance of an environmental agent in risk of breast cancer," said Nie. "Further examination of PAH exposure ...

Children's taste sensitivity and food choices influenced by taste gene

...st. "The recent Nobel Prize award demonstrates the importance of the identification of genes coding for taste and olfactory receptors. We took advantage of this new knowledge to look at how variation in taste genes might relate to the taste likes and dislikes of children and parents." In the study, to be publi...

US life expectancy about to decline, researchers say

...expect that this study will raise awareness of the importance of increased funding for obesity research and treatment, especially in children. They also point out that new investment into the Social Security system, while at the same time under-funding obesity prevention and treatment, is not sound economic or ...

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