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Could fungal collection hold the key to new life-saving drugs?

...will prove the winning formula for discovering new pharmaceutical drugs to fight cancers, diseases and resistant strains of infections such as MRSA.” SIDR brings together scientists from different disciplines to focus on drug discovery. They have developed test systems to detect biological activity in samples of...

Cancer stem cells similar to normal stem cells can thwart anti-cancer agents

...nenberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery and pharmaceutical sciences, University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, used cell surface markers and dyes to identify cancer stem cells as well as normal adult stem cells and their progeny in samples obtained from normal lung and lung cancer tissue sam...

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

... 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 techniques: It allows the total and precise cont...

'Insulator' helps silence genes in dormant herpes virus

...es the virus uses to hide and re-emerge could give pharmaceutical companies targets for designing drugs that disrupt those mechanisms. The studies also have implications for treating and manipulating other types of viruses, Zhou says. "This study provides one of first examples of how viral chromatin is organized...

Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicine

...en we compared the ancient remedies against modern pharmaceutical protocols and standards, we found the prescriptions in the ancient documents not only compared with pharmaceutical preparations of today but that many of the remedies had therapeutic merit." The medical documents...

Researchers attach genes to minichromosomes in maize

...se be possible, from improved crops to inexpensive pharmaceutical production to other applications in biotechnology,?said Birchler, professor of biological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science. A minichromosome is an extremely small version of a chromosome, the threadlike linear strand of DNA and assoc...

Study warns deep-sea mining may pose serious threat to fragile marine ecosystems

... scientific interest, since the organisms may have pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. Mining companies first turned their attention to the oceans in the 1970s, and interest grew in manganese nodules that exist on the surface of the ocean floor. However, high projected costs and the regulatory rest...

Natural antibiotics yield secrets to atom-level imaging technique

...collaborators in Canada, Japan, India and the U.S. pharmaceutical companies Genaera Corporation and Eli Lilly and Company. Ramamoorthy was awarded support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, through an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award. A leader in this area of r...

Researchers find link between food odors and lifespan in fruit flies

... you can try to apply it to people," he said. "The pharmaceutical companies would like to be able to mimic the benef... you can try to apply it to people," he said. "The pharmaceutical companies would like to be able to mimic the beneficial effects of caloric restriction by having you...

Sandia researchers take new approach to studying how cells respond to pathogens

...ignaling involved in diseases such as cancer or by pharmaceutical companies for biomarker discovery. ...

A 'traffic light' for neurons means 'go' for improving brain research

...ight will allow development of targeted genetic or pharmaceutical treatments to fix those neurons. Conceivably, direct control of neuronal activity with light could someday become a therapy in itself. A neural traffic light To selectively take control of neurons, the researchers used a virus to insert genes...

Researchers from the University of Navarra analyze new kinds of cancer-fighting antibodies

...ates and Great Britain, addresses the use of a new pharmaceutical family with practical applications in cancer and chronic viral illnesses. Specifically, the article discusses using monoclonal antibodies in order to stimulate the immune system. In this therapy the antibodies are directed to the immune system cell...

Navigable nanotransport

To accurately transport pharmaceutical agents to their specific target organs or cell types, you need a good carrier: nanoscopic capsules with surface elements that can "recognize" the target in question could do the trick. To date, all methods for the production of such tiny capsules re...

Gene elevating breast cancer risk also causes prostate cancer

...nd contributing to breast cancer and suggest novel pharmaceutical targets. It could also lead to genetic screening that identifies individuals at increased breast cancer risk and result in improved prevention efforts and treatment. About a year ago, Dr Bing Xia and Professor David Livingston at the Dana-Farber Can...

Technology reveals 'lock and key' proteins behind diseases

...cystic fibrosis and could one day pave the way for pharmaceutical applications. A study appearing in the April 13 ...ered protein interactors represent novel potential pharmaceutical targets. Through a series of biochemical and genetic tests, the researchers discovered that one of t...

OHSU lab finds meth receptor that could lead to therapy

... that TAAR1 represents a completely new target for pharmaceutical therapy to treat meth addiction and also reduce the negative manifestations of its abuse. "Meth addiction is such a problem and we have nothing to treat it with except group support therapy," Grandy said. "Now we have a new target, something compl...

QUT scientists on the way to sifting out a cure for HIV

...be used for water treatment, as well as within the pharmaceutical and food industries. Another benefit of the technology is that the alumina and titania nanofibres are made from compounds produced in abundance in Australia. "It's literally home-grown technology," he said. "Titania is a compound found in be...

Protein found to shield pancreatic cancer cells from self-destruction

...ll death," Mehta says. "We are developing TG2 as a pharmaceutical target and are now working with a mouse model to that end." The mechanisms by which TG2 might promote drug-resistance and metastasis have remained elusive, the researchers note. In this paper, the M. D. Anderson team shows in lab experiments that ...

Scripps Research study reveals new activation mechanism for pain sensing channel

...protein is currently being investigated by several pharmaceutical companies as a potential target for chronic pain, Patapoutian noted. ...

Army research mission focused on autism

... of these children. We cannot just give these kids pharmaceutical interventions for their entire lives. We need effective treatments that address the root cause of the problems. With sleep and GI function operating optimally, many of the residual behaviors we see in children with autism decrease significantly." ...

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