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Combination therapy boosts effectiveness of telomere-directed cancer cell death

... whats stopping the drug! Perseverance issometimes worth it, as we can see .A new research study published in the January issue of Cancer Cellprovides exciting new information about how to boost the effectivenessof a promising cancer treatment that targets telomeres in an attempt tointerfere with the abili...

GATA: a graphic alignment tool for comparative sequence analysis

... whats stopping the drug! Perseverance issometimes worth it, as we can see .A new research study published in the January issue of Cancer Cellprovides exciting new information about how to boost the effectivenessof a promising cancer treatment that targets telomeres in an attempt tointerfere with the abili...

Ice core 'dipstick' indicates West Antarctic ice has thinned less than believed

... core layer by layer, each representing one year's worth of snowfall compacted into a very thin band, researchers were able to extract an isotope record that provided a picture of temperature and snowfall patterns near Siple Dome. The layers get thinner and thinner with depth, as more ice and snow piles up...

Falling ants glide back to trunk to avoid dangers of forest floor

...zed something was up with this behavior and it was worth checking into a bit more." By painting the ants' rear legs with white nail polish, he was able to track their fall and establish that they come in backwards to the tree, hit and hang on, though they often tumble down the trunk a few feet and occasio...

Transgenic plants remove more selenium from polluted soil than wild plants, new tests show

...k of pollen transfer, said Terry. Terry said it's worth pursuing methods of improving phytoremediation because there are benefits unique to plants. "A particularly promising aspect about mustard plants is that they can metabolize selenium into a gas called dimethyl selenide," said Terry. "This is somethi...

New Drugs For Bad Bugs: UF Approach Could Bolster Antibiotic Arsenal

... The method helps better determine which drugs are worth studying in people and at which dose, avoiding the typically lengthy and expensive trial-and-error approach that can take years. “About one new antibiotic a year is approved,?said Derendorf, who will discuss the technique Saturday (March 5) at the a...

Study reveals new technique for fingerprinting environmental samples

...th EGTs we don't actually need a complete genome's worth of data to understand the functions required of the organisms living in a particular setting. Rather, the genes present and their abundances in the EGT data reflect the demands of the setting and, accordingly, can tell us about what's happening in an...

Undesirable expatriates: Preventing the spread of invasive animals

...l areas, causing approximately $19 billion dollars worth of damages annually in the U.S. (Pimentel et al. 2000. BioScience 50, 53). The authors' exhaustive analysis, which drew on data from the 15th century to the 20th century, revealed an unsettling conclusion. For every four animals that made the transa...

To sea or not to sea: When it comes to salmon sex, size sometimes doesn't matter

...ir hasn't lost all their descendants if one year's worth is wiped out. There is undoubtedly an environmental aspect in all of these, he says. The most obvious being when conditions in the home river are so degraded that salmon move elsewhere to spawn. Straying is just one of the traits that cause Quinn to...

Fungus Effective Against Winged Termites

Most signs of spring, like budding trees, are worth celebrating. But for many in the South, the annual emergence of fertile, winged termites swarming furiously to scatter and search for mates isn't one of them. In New Orleans, as the swirling, airborne masses of termites become more conspicuous, rese...

Ocean climate predicts elk population in Canadian Rockies

...ional Parks Scholarship for the Americas, an award worth $78,000 US over three years. More recently, he won the U of A Andrew Stewart Memorial Prize for his publication record as a grad student. He has authored seven published papers in the past four years. His research on the relationship between NPO valu...

Caloric restriction won't dramatically extend life span in humans: UCLA research

...lusion is that the few extra years of life are not worth the suffering necessary to achieve them. "Do you ... be a fanatic about it because the payoffs are not worth it." While the relationship between how much you eat and your life span is not so dramatic, there a...

New lead reported in tumor angiogenesis

...triguing idea, and one that we think might be well worth pursuing." This month's paper, as is often the case in the world of science, involves a great deal of hard work - and a little luck. Wang said his group began a few years ago studying a secreted protein called hepatocyte growth factor, or HGF, and i...

The synapse is a shotgun

...r one-billionth of a meter, has already proven its worth in changing scientists' views of the synaptic landscape. Using the map as a guide, the research team, led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Terrence Sejnowski, has developed a biologically accurate computer simulation of synaptic funct...

Huntington's cure in flies lays groundwork for broader treatment approaches

...long and tedious, he adds, but it's most certainly worth a shot. "I think the history of scientific discovery teaches us that we can't predict anything. So we just have to play all the cards we can possibly play." ...

From a Few Wild Ancestors, a Citrus Cornucopia

...s have escaped modification by humankind. But it’s worth investing in the plant exploration needed to find out.?/p> Because citrus readily crosses and the resulting plants can be propagated true-to-type through grafting, selective breeding efforts encouraging desirable qualities—like sweetness—have bee...

Ancient DNA confirms single origin of Malagasy primates

...tentially of such compelling interest, it's always worth a try," she said. ...

Life's origins were easier than was thought

...ore than 70 genes, each measuring 100 bases. It is worth remembering that tRNAs (essential molecules for the synthesis of proteins) are approximately 70 bases long. The discovery has greatly relaxed the conditions necessary for the first living organisms to develop. "This quantity of genes would be enoug...

Prescription pain patch abuse blamed for increase in deaths

...e form of the drug, if one withdraws the 72 hours' worth of drug and uses it in a form that it wasn't designed to be used for, then it can rapidly result in death," said the study's lead researcher, Bruce Goldberger, Ph.D., director of toxicology and an associate professor in the departments of pathology, ...

New vaccine platform may fight infections with causes from influenza to bioterrorism

... the paper, Dr. Kolls says the vaccine approach is worth investigating its potential for offering protection against weaponized agents, such as anthrax. In mice depleted of CD4+ T cells, which are essential for signaling other cells and for producing antigen-specific antibodies, the vaccine strategy provi...

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