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FDA sees nanotech challenges in every product category it regulates

...eas of agency responsibility are an important move towards ensuring the benefits of nanotechnology are realized without undue risk,” Dr. Maynard said. “FDA is limited in its oversight of nanotechnology by the dearth of available risk research data on nanomaterials. Because the agency is resource-starved, th...

How to lose weight and not go hungry: HU researcher develops drug that mimics feeling of 'fullness'

...hnology transfer company, and is currently working towards creating a commercial anti-obesity drug. ...

Researchers shed light on shrinking of chromosomes

...orter until they are about to separate and migrate towards the poles of the cell. “It is at this stage that...amage.” The extreme condensation of chromosomes towards the end of cell division can also serve as a safety net if something goes wrong with chromosome sepa...

Migration alert -- How tumor cells home in on the lymphatic system

...s fluid that continually percolates from the tumor towards nearby lymphatic vessels. The EPFL research shows ... quantities of a signaling molecule. Cells migrate towards high concentrations of this molecule, so if they are close enough to the lymphatic to sense the mole...

Plants recognize their siblings, biologists discover

...able of complex social behaviours such as altruism towards relatives, says Dudley. Like humans, the most interesting behaviours occur beneath the surface. Dudley and her student, Amanda File, observed the behavior in sea rocket (Cakile edentula), a member of the mustard family native to beaches throughou...

Exploring the dark matter of the genome

... Says Celniker, "First we devoted our efforts towards finishing the euchromatin, leaving the part of the sequence rich in repeats, the centromeric and telomeric regions, until later. The present work extends the sequence into those regions." Repeating sequences are the hallmark of heterochromatin, a...

Gene responsible for common hearing loss identified for first time

...erp, Belgium, said that this finding may be a step towards new treatments for otosclerosis, which affects approximately 1 in 250 people. Otosclerosis is a multifactorial disease, caused by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors. The outcome is a progressive hearing loss as the growing bone in t...

'Personality-gene' makes songbirds curious

...ond test, they quantified the reaction of the bird towards each of two unknown objects that had been put in its cage. One such novel object was a pink panther (see figure 2). The results from the group of selected birds were confirmed with data from free-living, unselected great tits. In the forest-livin...

First clinical trial of gene therapy for childhood blindness

...important and exciting, and represents a huge step towards establishing gene therapy for the treatment of many different eye conditions." The trial’s first operations have already taken place in young adult patients who developed the condition as children. Mr James Bainbridge, who leads the surgical te...

Cure for cancer one step closer

...he Queensland Government contributed $1.42 million towards the construction of the Tissue Bank through the Smart State Research Facility Fund. The investment has built and equipped, as part of the Institute's infrastructure, a dedicated laboratory with highprecision equipment for preparation and study of ...

2 brains -- 1 thought

...ed by Memmesheimer and Timme, we are a step closer towards understanding them. ...

Beyond the DNA: Chemical signatures reveal genetic switches in the genome

...n gene expression. This study is an important step towards large-scale functional annotation of 'enhancers,' which establish the rate at which gene expression occurs and determine the tissues in which genes are expressed. "The human genome is packaged within each cell by chromatin, a structure composed of...

Gene tests and brain imaging reveal early dementia

...nical symptoms appear. "This is a crucial step towards the better diagnosis of Alzheimer's," she says. "If the method is developed it can help us find the people who'd benefit most from treatment in good time." The method is based on the well-established fact that the APOE protein affects the risk of ...

New details on how the immune system recognizes influenza

...virus strains, the immunity a person has developed towards one strain might provide at least some protection against the other strain. Using a software tool they developed, the LIAI team found hundreds of conserved influenza virus epitopes in the database, including those between avian H5N1 and strains of...

New study challenges 'critical period' in childhood vision development

...e-stage blindness treatments and guide researchers towards an improved understanding of the complexities of the brain. ...

Chlamydia vaccine a step closer to reality

...0 to continue its research into Chlamydia and work towards developing a vaccine specifically targeting adolescent women. Professor Peter Timms, from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), said a team of researchers had already identified certain proteins that were able to protect agai...

How fish species suffer as a result of warmer waters

...These results represent a significant step forward towards understanding the mechanisms involved in climate-induced alterations in marine ecosystems. The paper 'Climate change affects marine fishes through the oxygen limitation of thermal tolerance' is published on January 5, 2007 in the scientific journa...

ESA launches new project to protect biodiversity

...of headline indicators to assess the progress made towards this target. DIVERSITY will make a contribution to the required monitoring efforts that will help us to determine whether we are making progress and which management and policy measures are most effective and thereby support decision-making," the UNC...

Putting an old drug to a new use

...ine's effect on iron transport would be a big step towards developing it into an effective therapy that can be used on patients," says Martina Muckenthaler, an EMBL alumna who is now at the University of Heidelberg. "Taking nifedipine from bench to bedside could be quicker than for other substances, because ...

University of Alberta researchers unravel intricate animal patterns

...ignals received from those con-specifics that face towards this individual," said Eftimie. "Based on these observations, we come up with some simple rules that can describe the different ways animals communicate. Then we incorporate these rules into the mathematical model, and check what kind of movement pat...

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