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New Technique for Tracking Gene Regulators

...ying the genes they regulate just got a stepeasier thanks to a new technique developed by scientists at the U.S.Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The techniquecould greatly speed the process of unraveling the role these proteinsplay in turning on and off the genes that establish the ver...

Artifical cornea lets woman blind 20 years see

... life milestones later, Elma is able to see again, thanks to advances in ophthalmology research. Physicians at Duke University Eye Center and Harvard have been monitoring her closely following the implantation of an artificial cornea, or keratoprosthesis, into one of her eyes -- restoring her sight in that...

Camera Traps Catch Eye of the Tiger

...tats. WWF has been able to focus on tiger research thanks to the forest protection established by Indonesia's recent creation of the 212-square-mile Tesso Nilo National Park. ...

Defenseless plants arm themselves with metals

..., on the other hand, is brimming with glutathione, thanks to its elevated salicylic acid levels. When grown in nickel-enriched soil, Thlaspi takes up 3 percent of its body weight in the metal. Salt and his colleagues have shown that this metal content is what makes the plants resistant to pathogens. Salt p...

Emergence of cancer as major cause of childhood death in developing countries is not being adequately addressed

...tral and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia, thanks to the efforts of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology, several institutions in Europe and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the United States. St. Jude has already assisted several developing countries in significantly improving th...

A new way to share models of biological systems

...umulating detailed parts lists for many organisms, thanks to genome sequencing projects and other efforts to comprehensively document the components of living entities. "Until now, computer modellers had no defined way of exchanging descriptions of biological systems, and there was no accepted place to dep...

Molecular messengers perform a crucial role in the ability of injured nerve cells to heal themselves

...roteins that carry the message along the axon, and thanks to this linkage and protection, the messengers can safely transmit their message, thus bringing the injured axon's call for help to the cell body. The study will be published in the March 3'rd issue of Neuron. The scientists hope that these findings ...

Research into how prions act in the brain could hold the key to defeating diseases

...nditions caused by tiny particles known as prions, thanks to a £300,000 grant from the Medical Research Council. So far, there have been 148 deaths from confirmed or probable variant CJD (vCJD) in the UK. This is the human disease thought to be caused by eating food contaminated with prions that is also re...

Life detection instrument passes key test on road to Mars

...fe on Mars," Skelley said. "I feel vindicated now, thanks to the work of NASA and others that shows there used to be running liquid water on the surface of Mars." "The connection between water and life has been made very strongly, and we think there is a good chance there is or was some life form on Mars,"...

Census of Marine Life explorers surprised by diversity, density of Arctic creatures

...mals have been found thriving in the extreme cold, thanks to a landmark voyage during the brief polar summer aboard an American ice cutter. News of the marine discoveries in the far north coincides with announcement of seed funds for a matching effort in the Antarctic. The 30-day "Hidden Ocean" expedition...

Why are coyotes getting more aggressive?

...ior in urban and suburban areas of New York state, thanks to a grant of $428,000 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Additional funding from DEC through an existing study with Dan Decker, director of the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean of the Co...

Aptamer-based Biosensor screens Air Force personnel and equipment

...quipment are contaminated with a biological agent, thanks to a new technology developed by the Air Force and a national laboratory. Personnel will use the biosensor system to collect and isolate samples, detect and identify agents, and assess the seriousness of the threat. "The system will provide an incr...

Fragment of yellow fever virus may hold key to safer vaccine

...es, much of America has been safe from the disease thanks to control efforts aimed at the insects and a highly effective vaccine that has been available for 60 years. Vaccination is the key strategy for people living in and traveling to tropical Africa, South America, and several Caribbean Islands, where ye...

Oxygen increase caused mammals to triumph, researchers say

... achieved greater precision in their measurements, thanks to two high-precision, isotope ratio mass spectrometers housed in the geological sciences department at Rutgers. There were placental mammals on Earth at the time of the great extinction of dinosaurs about 65 million years ago, Falkowski says. The...

Mass production of human papillomavirus could lead to gains against cervical cancer

...rabilities of a virus that causes cervical cancer, thanks to a newly developed technique that enables scientists to mass-produce human papillomavirus (HPV) in the laboratory. HPV, which exists in more than 100 forms, is the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection. Transmission of HPV can also occur n...

Nanowires can detect molecular signs of cancer, scientists find

...ers -- more of which are being found all the time, thanks to the current boom in proteomics. Widespread use of these cancer markers in healthcare will ultimately depend upon the development of techniques that allow rapid detection of many markers with high selectivity and sensitivity. "Genomics and proteom...

Insight into our sight: A new view on the evolution of the eye lens

...s and mammals all experience image-forming vision, thanks to the fact that their eyes all express crystallins and form a lens; however, the vertebrates' nearest invertebrate relatives, such as sea squirts, have only simple eyes that detect light but are incapable of forming an image. This has lead to the vi...

UQ researcher tracking key to healing the brain

...tive scientific environment has since been created thanks to having a high concentration of experts who specialise in different aspects of neuroscience research. "It is great to have so many people working on different aspects of the same problem, creating a unique synergy that is already producing result...

Public release of pig genomic sequences

...This far, the pig sequence data have been obtained thanks to an investment of app. 10 million US$ by CAS and DCPBP together with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Natural Science Foundation of China. The research indicates that pig is genetically closer to man than normally used laboratory ani...

‘Blue Brain?project explores thought at molecular level

...This far, the pig sequence data have been obtained thanks to an investment of app. 10 million US$ by CAS and DCPBP together with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Natural Science Foundation of China. The research indicates that pig is genetically closer to man than normally used laboratory ani...

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