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Quantum Dots Research Leads to New Knowledge about Protein Binding in Plants

...nteractionof SCA with pollen tubes could help with successful plant breeding?...

Research advances quest for HIV-1 vaccine

...ebruary issue of Immunity. Vaccination has been a successful strategy for protecting humans from many potentially harmful viruses. However, designing a suitable vaccine for HIV-1 has been a highly challenging and thus far unsuccessful endeavor. HIV-1 is enormously variable and it has been difficult to isolate ...

HIV Patients May Be at Risk of Heart Problems When Taking Protease Inhibitor Drugs

...tors because these drugs are too important for the successful treatment of HIV viral infection and control of AIDS. But hopefully our findings will save lives by alerting the physician to yet another side effect associated with this class of drug." Dr. Ackerman is director of Mayo Clinic's Long QT Syndrome Cli...

Gene therapy converts dead bone graft to new, living tissue

...g proteins directly into the bone. This has proven successful for the small bone transplants used in spinal fusion, but not for larger grafts, because the proteins' effectiveness wear off in just hours. By contrast, the gene therapy method triggers the tissue surrounding the graft to produce the proteins contin...

In the sea slug's defense against lobsters, confusion is key

...ting the lobster sufficiently to enable the slug's successful evasion. Because the set of behaviors stimulated by the slug's secretions resemble activation of a feeding pathway, the researchers named this novel chemical defense "phagomimicry." The stickiness of the slug's secretions appears to contribute to lo...

Gene Vaccine Protects Mice Against Development Of Her2/neu Breast Cancer

Based on successful animal studies, a novelvaccine that uses immune cells as factories to produce Her2/neu proteinmay offer a way to treat some human breast cancers, say researchers atThe University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. [Ed : Her2/neu is a protein of...

Scientists identify genetic pathways essential to RNA interference

...g each step in the RNAi process could lead to more successful inactivation of disease-related genes. And in addition to the technique's potential for gene silencing, controlling levels of RNAi that may underlie some cancers or be used in viral replication may offer further clinical potential. Along with Kim, t...

A comprehensive response to HIV could prevent 10 million AIDS deaths in Africa by 2020

Based on successful animal studies, a novelvaccine that uses immune cells as factories to produce Her2/neu proteinmay offer a way to treat some human breast cancers, say researchers atThe University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. [Ed : Her2/neu is a protein of...

Introduced foxes transformed vegetation on Aleutian Islands from lush grasslands to tundra

...ly like it was, but the conditions are there for a successful restoration of the native biodiversity." ...

Circles Of DNA Might Help Predict Success Of Stem Cell Transplantation

...kely than patients with fewer copies to experience successful reconstitutions of their T cell populations. In patients with fewer than 1,200 copies per milliliter, the transplantation was likely either to fail or be significantly slow in reconstructing the T cell population. "This is the first demonstration th...

New Breast Cancer Test Could Save Lives

...t an early stage ?which is extremely important for successful treatment - many women are dependent on self-examination which can prove unreliable. This latest technology has the ability to image through dense breast tissue, and therefore can reach a far wider section of women than X-ray mammography can. Women ...

The BIOS Initiative - open source biotechnology is born

...s also releasing new functionalities in its highly successful Patent Lens, which includes the world's fastest free, full-text searchable patent database, with over 1.6 million patents in the life sciences. CAMBIA has flagged its intent to expand its scope beyond the life sciences to include all patents in many ...

Agilent Technologies releases automated literature search tool for biology researchers

...ur own research collaborations and has proved very successful for us. We are excited to provide this to researchers everywhere so that they can analyze their own data more effectively and put it into a biological context." With the Agilent Literature Search tool, researchers enter the names of all genes of int...

Rush Physicians Using Gene Therapy For Heart Patients With Moderate To Severe Chest Pains Who Do Not Benefit From Other Treatments

...ile both of these treatments have been shown to be successful in relieving severe chest pains resulting from blocked arteries, a significant percentage of patients eventually do not respond well to either treatment, often requiring another angioplasty or bypass operation, noted Schaer. "If gene therapy proves t...

Sexual cooperation: Mating increases longevity in ant queens

...-in which both sexes ultimately benefit from long, successful reproductive lives of females--sexual cooperation, rather than sexual conflict, may be favored. The findings, reported in the February 8 issue of Current Biology by researchers from the Universities of Regensburg, Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark, ...

Expression Project for Oncology (expO) completes first phase of standardized gene expression analyses

...storically, collection efforts typically achieve a successful preservation rate of 75%. Due to close collaboration between the surgeons, pathologists, local clinical research coordinators and expO, the success rate achieved in preserving these samples was 100%. Such well-preserved tissue allows the subsequent a...

World-first Living Donor Islet Cell Transplant A Success; Procedure Offers Promise For Diabetics

...ore desperate patients with type 1 diabetes to get successful islet transplants," says Dr. Shapiro. "The donor operation is relatively safe, but is not entirely devoid of serious potential risk," he added. A shortage of donor islet cells is the biggest obstacle preventing implementation for all patients who ne...

Not-for-profit publishers call NIH public access rule a missed opportunity

...government program to supplant existing and highly successful private efforts; # It will divert federal dollars away from biomedical research at a time of limited domestic discretionary spending; # It will harm the scientific societies that peer review and publish a significant portion of the articles based on ...

Substance protects resilient staph bacteria

...o negate the effect of the PGA, it could be highly successful against all pathogens in which PGA is a basis for disease development, such as Staph and anthrax." The group used genetic and biochemical analyses to show that PGA is produced in S. epidermidis. They then used three S. epidermidis strains--one natur...

Nanoscale Diagnostic Sets Sights on Alzheimer's

...ode Diagnostic Method Could Rival PCR If proven successful in further clinical studies, the procedure could become the first tool for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and the first test to conclusively identify the disease in living patients. Chad Mirkin and William Klein of the National Science Foundation (...

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