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SRI announces selection by the National Cancer Institute as a Chemical Biology Consortium center

Menlo Park, Calif.July 22 , 2009SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, announced today that SRI's Center for Cancer Research was selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a leading role in the newly-formed "Chemical Biology Consortium" (CBC), a...

Systems biology recommended as a clinical approach to cancer

Blacksburg, Va. -- Four researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech and their colleagues at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine are advocating the use of systems biology as an innovative clinical approach to cancer. This approach could result in the develo...

Structural biology scores with protein snapshot

In a landmark technical achievement, investigators in the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology have used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods to determine the structure of the largest membrane-spanning protein to date. Although NMR methods are routinely used to "take molecular pictures" ...

7th annual [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference 'Molecular Evolution' June 18-19, 2009

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the Biozentrum of the University of Basel's 7th annual [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference "Molecular Evolution", opened today at the Congress Center in Basel. This year, the conference celebrates the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 1...

Springer Series editor John Smol receives two prestigious biology awards

John Smol of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has just received the 2009 Killam Prize as well as one of the five prestigious Premier's Discovery Awards for 2009. These two prizes follow the honor of being named one of the Environmental Scientists of the Year by The Royal Canadian G...

Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology launches new projects

In the second call for proposals, projects focus on either the development of new technologies or on the interface between biomedical research and genomics. The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) approved six RTD-projects today. They will engage a total of 47 research groups from both Swiss ...

Diuscovery in amber reveals ancient biology of termites

CORVALLIS, Ore. The analysis of a termite entombed for 100 million years in an ancient piece of amber has revealed the oldest example of "mutualism" ever discovered between an animal and microorganism, and also shows the unusual biology that helped make this one of the most successful, although f...

MBL director and CEO and cell biology pioneer Gary Borisy elected to National Academy of Sciences

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MACell biologist Dr. Gary G. Borisy, director and CEO of the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) has been elected to The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research. The achievement, considered on...

Toward a systems biology map of iron metabolism

Blacksburg, Va. -- Scientists at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have taken the first steps toward constructing a systems biology map of iron metabolism. The team has put t...

7th [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference

The seventh Basel Computational Biology Conference 2009 "Molecular Evolution" celebrates Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species". Invited speakers include: Manolis Dermitzakis, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; ...

Dr. King receives IADR Craniofacial Biology Research Award

Alexandria, Va. Dr. Gregory King, professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, is the recipient of the 2009 Craniofacial Biology Research Award, which will be presented by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at its 87th ...

Christopher McCulloch receives the IADR Research in Oral Biology Award

Alexandria, Va. The 2009 Research in Oral Biology Award will be presented to Dr. Christopher McCulloch, from the University of Toronto, ON, Canada, at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) 87th General Session & Exhibition in Miami, Florida, USA, on April 1, 2009. Dr. McCullo...

Synthetic biology can help extend anti-malaria drug effectiveness

In addition to providing a simple and much less expensive means of making artemisinin, the most powerful anti-malaria drug in use today, synthetic biology can also help to extend the effectiveness of this drug. Fermenting artemisinin via engineered microbes, such as yeast, can be done at far lower...

World's experts identify the hottest trends in biology and medicine

With the growing volume of online scientific data, a new style of journal offers a digest of the research that will have a direct impact on scientists and clinicians. The expert-driven article evaluation services, Faculty of 1000 Biology and Faculty of 1000 Medicine, are each launching a journ...

Milestone achieved toward production of malaria treatment using synthetic biology and fermentation

EMERYVILLE, Calif., March 2, 2009 - Amyris Biotechnologies has announced the publication of an article which reveals the achievement of a significant milestone toward the production of amorphadiene, a precursor of the antimalarial agent artemisinin. The article, "High-level production of amorp...

40 minority scientists receive travel fellowships to Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans

BETHESDA, Md (February 25, 2009) One of the nation's oldest and most respected non-profit science organizations will provide more than $68,000 in travel fellowships to underrepresented minority students and scientists to attend the Experimental Biology conference in New Orleans, April 18-22. The ...

Oxford Journals and the International Society for Computational Biology announce new partnership

Oxford Journals and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) are delighted to announce a new publishing partnership. From this year, the journal Bioinformatics will once again become an official journal of the ISCB. Bioinformatics and the ISCB have always shared close l...

Survival in a Changing World: The Journal of Experimental Biology 2009 symposium

Each year, The Company of Biologists ( http://www.biologists.com/ ) organises and supports a themed conference as the basis of a special review issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology . The main aim of this annual Symposium is to unite outstanding biologists and bring together their varied e...

February 2009 highlights from Biology of Reproduction

Bliss* blocks sperm. Evidence suggests that human male fertility is impacted by long-term exposure to marijuana. Indeed, endocannabinoids and their receptors are present in the male reproductive tract, further suggesting a functional role in fertility, but there has been no genetic test to clari...

Synthetic biology key in the 21st century

Washington, DC Among the 75 people Esquire magazine recently chose as the most influential in the 21st century are three researchers in an emerging discipline that combines science and engineering in order to design and build novel biological functions and systems otherwise known as synthetic ...

French scientist wins the Journal of Experimental Biology Outstanding Paper Prize

The Editors of The Journal of Experimental Biology are pleased to announce that Dr Audrey Dussutour from the University of Sydney is the winner of this year's JEB Outstanding Paper Prize. The award is announced on the 28th November in The Journal of Experimental Biology at http://jeb.biologis...

December 2008 highlights from Biology of Reproduction

SO-What? At the time of birth, mouse ovaries are essentially a bag full of primordial oocytes, around which primordial follicles are forming. This key time in ovarian development establishes the population of oocytes and follicles and instigates evelopment of a cohort of follicles. If follicles...

Systems biology brings hope of speeding up drug development

Almost every day brings news of an apparent breakthrough against cancer, infectious diseases, or metabolic conditions like diabetes, but these rarely translate into effective therapies or drugs, and even if they do clinical development usually takes well over a decade. One reason is that medical r...

Researchers apply systems biology and glycomics to study human inflammatory diseases

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An innovative systems biology approach to understanding the carbohydrate structures in cells is leading to new ways to understand how inflammatory illnesses and cardiovascular disease develop in humans. The work was described in two recent publications by University at Buffalo che...

New Systems Biology Awards enable detailed study of microbes

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will award five-year contracts estimated to be up to $68.7 million to establish programs in Systems Biology for Infectious Disease Research at four research institutions. Scientists ...

A new journal where molecular biology meets clinical research

Heidelberg 09 October 2008 The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) proudly announces the introduction of EMBO Molecular Medicine , a new journal dedicated to a research discipline focused on the interface between molecular biology and clinical research. The new journal, launching in 2...

October 2008 Biology of Reproduction highlights

The role of the Dicer. MicroRNAs are emerging as major transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression. DICER, an RNaseIII enzyme, plays a role in the biogenesis of microRNAs; recently there has been a flurry of activity to determine the developmental role of DICER by whol...

UT Knoxville wins $16M NSF mathematics and biology center

KNOXVILLE -- Mathematicians and biologists from around the world will converge on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to take part in a new institute dedicated to finding creative solutions to pressing problems from animal disease to wildfire control. The National Science Foundation (NSF) h...

Broad Institute awarded grant to develop chemical probes for human biology and disease

Researchers at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT today announced that they have been chosen to receive a six-year, ~ $86M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to identify and develop molecular tools known as "small molecules", which can probe the proteins, signaling pathways and...

September 2008 Biology of Reproduction highlights

Proteomes to unravel gonadotrophs Although the basic developmental lineage of pituitary gonadotrophs is known, it has been harder to associate specific changes in gene expression with maturation due to the limited cell population. In an article on p. 546 of the September 2008 issue of Biol...

Structural biology spin-out tackles major diseases

A spin out company from basic structural biology, Asterion Ltd., has led to new technology that provides a way of creating therapeutic proteins to tackle major diseases such as cancer, diabetes and infertility. The research was carried out at the University of Sheffield in laboratories supported b...

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols highlights gene silencing, cancer cell biology methods

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. Combining the specificity of small interfering RNA (siRNA) silencing with the versatility of lentiviral vectors gives researchers a powerful tool for the investigation of gene function both in vivo and in vitro. This month's issue of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols ( w...

Leading scientist named new chair of Cell Biology at Yale

Yale University announced today the appointment of James E. Rothman, one of the world's leading cell biologists, as chair of Yale School of Medicine's Department of Cell Biology. Additionally, Rothman will launch the Center for High-Throughput Cell Biology at Yale's West Campus, formerly the site...

Geology and biology meet in the history of US southwestern desert surface waters

Boulder, CO, USA The history of surface waters in the arid deserts of the U.S. southwestern Great Basin and lower Colorado River region has fascinated scientists for over two centuries. A new publication by the Geological Society of America covers a wide diversity of closed basins, ancient lake b...

Synergy between biology and physics drives cell-imaging technology

Developing techniques to image the complex biological systems found at the sub-cellular level has traditionally been hampered by divisions between the academic fields of biology and physics. However, a new interdisciplinary zeal has seen a number of exciting advances in super-resolution imaging te...

Incense is psychoactive: Scientists identify the biology behind the ceremony

Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. In a new study appearing online in The FASEB Journal ( http://www.fasebj.org ), an international team of scientists, including researchers from...

UC biology prof traces his roots to the first Earth Day

George Uetz is passionate about spiders and the environment. George Uetz, professor of biological sciences in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, was a Master's student in the Department of Entomology and Applied Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark. That wasnt his only passion...

Work with power grids leads to cell biology discovery

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Gene therapy, in which a working gene is inserted into a cell to replace a faulty or absent gene, is a promising experimental technique for the prevention and treatment of disease. Now a research team led by a Northwestern University physicist reports that a counterintuitive...

Systems biology approach identifies nutrient regulation of biological clock in plants

Using a systems biological analysis of genome-scale data from the model plant Arabidopsis, an international team of researchers identified that the master gene controlling the biological clock is sensitive to nutrient status. The study will appear in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Nati...

Case researcher in RNA biology makes waves by challenging current thinking

In the January 18th issue of Molecular Cell, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher Kristian E. Baker, Ph.D. challenges molecular biologys established body of evidence and widely-accepted model for nonsense-mediated messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) decay. With her collabora...
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