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A new mechanism of regulating RNA degradation

...me player knows, the first requirement for using a weapon or tool is finding it. And it is no different for cell biologists and clinicians who want to take control of gene expression in cells to create therapies to treat disease. While cells have a variety of ways to control gene expression, the trick for p...

FDA Approves Human Hookworm Vaccine for Phase I Safety Trials

...me player knows, the first requirement for using a weapon or tool is finding it. And it is no different for cell biologists and clinicians who want to take control of gene expression in cells to create therapies to treat disease. While cells have a variety of ways to control gene expression, the trick for p...

First-ever Compounds To Target Only Metastatic Cells Are Highly Effective Against Breast, Prostate, And Colon Cancers

...umor cells, could someday give doctors a whole new weapon in the fight against tough-to-treat metastatic disease, according to Weill Medical College of Cornell University researchers. The compounds, called synthetic migrastatin analogues, prevented 91 to 99 percent of metastatic breast cancer cells in mice...

Stopping smallpox in its tracks: A new anti-viral approach

...a time when the threat of smallpox as a biological weapon is high. ...

Could microbes solve Russia's chemical weapons conundrum?

...products caused by the destruction of the chemical weapon mustard, write Russian researchers in Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/jctb) this month. At 40,000 tonnes, Russia houses the world's largest stockpile of chemical warfare agents (CWAs). The country ...

Researchers find gene that may be at root of potato blight

...y victim. "This avirulence gene is kind of like a weapon that triggers a metal detector," said Sophien Kamoun, a study co-author and an associate professor of plant pathology at Ohio State University 's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster . "If you take a gun through the metal det...

Scientists find viruses can't stick to sea bugs in the dark

...," says Ying Jia. Cyanophages may be an important weapon against problematic algal blooms. On hot, sunny days algae can cause massive, toxic blooms, poisoning huge areas of the sea with their waste products and killing fish, sea mammals such as whales, dolphins and seals, and even humans. Control of these ...

Moffitt-USF head toward first human trials of anti-cancer drug that targets protein AKT

...iscredited anti-cancer drug that could add another weapon in the arsenal against several cancers, including tumors of the breast, ovary, colon, skin and prostate. The compound, tricirbine, was tested at various cancer centers from 1982 to 1996 and found to inhibit some cancers, but researchers failed to de...

New insight into autoimmune disease: Bacterial infections promote recognition of self-glycolipids

The immune system is a complex and powerful weapon that provides protection against bacteria and viruses that, if left unchecked, would wreak havoc throughout the human body. The ability of the immune system to recognize the body's own tissues is essential, but sometimes the immune system loses the a...

Elevated temperature enhances success of viral cancer therapy

...new research suggests that fever might be a useful weapon in the fight as well. The study, published in the July issue of Cancer Cell, demonstrates that tumor cells are even more sensitive to viral therapy after they have been incubated at an elevated temperature. The findings could have a significant impac...

Seaweed could make junk food healthier

...s to the body. They believe it will be a valuable weapon in the international battle against obesity, diabetes and heart disease and diseases such as bowel cancer. The research paper examines the properties of a brown-coloured seaweed called Lessonia and Laminaria, found in the Far East, South America and...

Hanging baskets of sex and death help fruit growers

...ex drive of a major pest of fruit orchards as a weapon to spread a virus to kill that very same pest. The device allows growers to selectively target the pest with a virus that kills its larvae without killing other beneficial insects. The researchers at Warwick HRI, the horticultural research arm of ...

Columbia scientists develop cancer terminator viruses

...was sufficient to kill the primary tumor, a second weapon added to the virus �V interferon-gamma (IFN-��) �V eliminated the metastases. IFN-�� elicited an anti-tumor immune response against the distant metastatic cancer cells. In the PNAS paper, Dr. Fisher and the team describe the production of a virus c...

Techniques available to detect soil that inhibits destructive soybean pest

...is an easily implemented, environmentally friendly weapon in fighting the parasites, which are found worldwide in soybean-producing areas. "Using plants bred to resist pests is not the complete answer, so it's important to find suppressive mechanisms," Westphal said. "Bio-control is much more desirable tha...

Metal-containing compounds show promise as HIV weapon

...eat promise in preliminary tests of becoming a new weapon in the anti-HIV arsenal, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report. The molecule - called metallacarborane - and its variants appear to fight HIV protease, an enzyme critical in the virus' life cycle. Protease inhibitors are some of the ke...

Weapon performance determines mating success in the collared lizard

...otypic variation can include that of body size and weapon morphology, as well as of weapon function and performance. In a study published in the September issue of The American Naturalist, A...

Scientists develop nanotech-laser treatment that kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue

...ng an intrinsic property of nanotubes to develop a weapon that kills cancer." Trojan horse To assure that only diseased cells were destroyed in the experiment, the scientists had to find a way to selectively deliver carbon nanotubes into cancer cells and not into healthy ones. Dai and his co-workers achie...

Give thanks for the cranberry, say dental researchers

...e same traits that make cranberry juice a powerful weapon against bladder infections also hold promise for protecting teeth against cavities. Koo found that cranberry juice acts like Teflon® for teeth, making it difficult for the bacteria that causes cavities to cling to tooth surfaces. Stickiness is every...

The bioweapon is in the post

...y order the building blocks of a deadly biological weapon online, and receive them by post within weeks. That's the sobering reality uncovered by a New Scientist investigation into the bioterror risks posed by the booming business of gene synthesis. Dozens of biotech firms now offer to synthesise complete ...

UCSD study finds anthrax toxins also harmful to fruit flies

...ill a hot subject because of its possible use as a weapon of bioterrorism and remains a health threat in third world countries," Guichard said. "Anthrax infections can be cured by antibiotics when detected early. But after a certain point, the toxins released in the bloodstream can kill the patient even aft...

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