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Studies to find better ways to preserve human eggs, ovarian tissue under way

...reservation – would reduce the cost and logistical issues of coordinating donor eggs. “The long-term goal is organ banking,” says Dr. Song, because even though there are insufficient numbers of donors for those on transplant lists today, another piece of the puzzle is developing techniques for growing or...

Nurtured chimps rake it in

...nd offer direct comparisons with early experience, issues of attachment, and preschool education for human infants and children,” The authors conclude that the differences in performance between the three groups are directly attributable to the significant effect of level of enculturation. They add that...

'Virtual Patient' to simulate real-time organ motions for radiation therapy

...tive radiation dosages, doctors must consider such issues as the breathing function and air volume change that are affected by several physiological factors over the course of the radiation treatment." Real-time simulations could allow doctors to spot the small fractions of time when the lungs, liver, ki...

New knowledge improves rice quality

...est Center, Melissa Fitzgerald, said. "Many of the issues we discussed may not have even been considered a few years ago, but, with the recent advances in molecular biology and exciting new areas such as metabolomics (the whole-genome assessment of metabolites), we can do things now that we could only dream...

DNA-damage test could aid drug development

... development process." It also could help to avoid issues with animal testing. "The European Union is trying to minimize animal testing," Shuga points out. "A ban on animal testing of cosmetic products goes into effect in 2009." Next steps in the research, which may be carried out by industry partners, w...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...( michael.yang@ata-e.com ) will discuss acoustical issues associated with SpaceX's Falcon 1. The Falcon 1 is designed to minimize the price per launch and increase reliability for low-Earth-orbit satellites (2pSA1). MYTH-BUSTING IN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Do violin and guitar instruments truly improve th...

Herpes infection may be symbiotic, help beat back some bacteria

...ines, autoimmune diseases, and other immune system issues have the potential to produce misleading results. "Chronic virus infections may in part define what a normal human immune response is," says Virgin, who is the Edward Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology and Immunology. "We may need to think about ...

MIT's ocean model captures diversity of underwater forests

...nkton and to link this to other, larger scientific issues about oceans, the plants and creatures living in them and global climate. "This is just the beginning," said Chisholm. "Now we can begin to ask the model questions and test hypotheses about the role of oceanic microbes in global processes. This...

Scientists genetically engineer tomatoes with enhanced folate content

...l problems in children, as well as numerous health issues in adults, such as anemia. "Folate deficiency i...oo expensive. "There are even folate deficiency issues in Europe, where addition of folic acid to foods has not been very widely practiced," Gregory said. ...

New report: Explosive growth changes salmon industry

...on, sheds new light on the contentious and complex issues surrounding farmed and wild salmon. The Great Salmon Run: Competition Between Wild and Farmed Salmon, released by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network of World Wildlife Fund and IUCN-the World Conservation Union identifies two important t...

Vitamins: Science doesn't always match policy

...ke unjustified health claims." "In particular, issues needing more attention include the content and labeling of vitamin and mineral supplements and the effects of these products on nutrient adequacy as well as in chronic degenerative disease prevention. In this quest, the development of more and better...

Horse genome assembled

...ntists to use genomics to address important health issues for equines, known as the Horse Genome Project ( www.uky.edu/Ag/Horsemap/ ). The horse whose DNA was used in the sequencing effort is a Thoroughbred mare named Twilight from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Researchers obtained the DNA from a small...

LIAI completes world's most comprehensive analysis on influenza virus data

...his is understandable given the ethical and health issues of testing a potential pathogen in humans," Wilson said. "However, based on this information, I think the research community will pursue data directly relevant to human immunity to influenza virus to close those critical gaps." Regarding the dre...

Woman's Day and For Womens of Science

...ebate on scientific, social, economic and cultural issues affecting the human environment. Wiener said the Madison Declaration summarizes a year-long effort by many of the world's leading mercury scientists, assembled into four expert panels, to review and synthesize the major mercury science findings. ...

Mercury contamination of fish warrants worldwide public warning

...ebate on scientific, social, economic and cultural issues affecting the human environment. Wiener said the Madison Declaration summarizes a year-long effort by many of the world's leading mercury scientists, assembled into four expert panels, to review and synthesize the major mercury science findings. ...

Africa's first large-scale HIV vaccine study launches

... "This trial will answer several major scientific issues that face all of us in the field of HIV-vaccine development," said Lawrence Corey, M.D., principal investigator of the HVTN and a member of the Hutchinson Center's Clinical Research Division. "It will determine the usefulness of vaccines that induce ...

Chemo combination improves survival in asbestos-related cancer

...ere exposed to asbestos as young men, with similar issues for their partners." According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 10 percent to 15 percent of schools and other public buildings in the United States contain asbestos insulation. Although safety measures for working with asbestos have...

A rarity among arachnids, whip spiders have a sociable family life

...n social groups. The research, appearing in recent issues of both the Journal of Arachnology and Natural History magazine, marks the first time social behavior has been reported in amblypygids. "This was the best example I had ever seen of friendly behavior in an arachnid," said Linda Rayor, senior resear...

Are we killing the world's oceans?

... to the public, will address scientific and policy issues of critical importance to the future of Earth's oc...ith individual Canadian universities, where thorny issues of national concern can be critically examined and policy approaches explored. Experts from Canad...

MU researcher placing eye implants in cats to help humans see

... "Our current study is aimed at determining safety issues in regard to the implants and to further develop surgical techniques. We also are examining the protection the implants might provide to the retinal cells that are dying due to disease progression with the hope that natural sight can be maintained mu...

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