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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 ...

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...

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...

Translational research patented first experimental treatment against idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

This release is available in Spanish . Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disease with unknown cause with a very severe prognosis; when detected, it is already in an advanced stage. Patients suffering from it cannot develop with normality pulmonary gas exchange, and have a very reduced qual...

NIAID Initiates Trial of Experimental Avian Flu Vaccine

Fast-track recruitment has begun for a trial to investigate the safety of a vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today. Sites in Rochester, NY, Baltimore and Los Angeles ...

NIH stimulus funding supports Emory biomedical scientists

...cademy of Pediatrics that watching videos is potentially harmful to the development of children under the age of two. This study will provide critical experimental evaluation of the potential hazards, as well as the potential benefits, of educational video materials targeted at infants and toddlers. Vitamin D ...

Obama administration announces more than $327 million in Recovery Act funding for science research

... related to the development of Smart Grid technology. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Stanford, CA$21.8 million, including $20 million for an experimental end station at the Linac Coherent Light Source to study high energy density plasmas; and $1.8 million for improvements at the Stanford Synchrotron Rad...

Neuropathic pain: The sea provides a new hope of relief

...ene and a second very similar compound, in isolated microglial cells and in experimental models of the condition in rats. They found that the compounds significa...t these compounds also significantly reversed hyperalgesic behaviour in the experimental rats. "To provide better quality of life, we need new drugs that can act...

Animal and plant communication at the ESA Annual Meeting

...tulated, at using their host plants for defense or refuge from predation, specifically by birds. The team tested this idea by excluding birds from experimental plots in a temperate forest in Connecticut and surveying the density of generalist and specialist caterpillar species inside and outside the exclosure...

Holding breath for several minutes elevates marker for brain damage

... woman) took part in this study, along with six individuals who had limited experience with breath-hold diving. The nine competitive divers formed the experimental group, while the non-divers acted as the controls. The researchers told the participants to lie on their backs on a cot and hold their breath for a...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...por separately from copper-rich vapor. Comparison of the analytical data to experimental studies of elemental partitioning, and analyses of fumaroles and fluid incl...nced the greatest stress for the longest period of time. For five different experimental deltas, they were able to predict the avulsion location with 93% accuracy. ...

UC San Diego engineer provides insights to decades-old DNA squabble

... exhibits a "heteromorphic" structure where both types of structures are in balance with each other. Arya's collaborators have developed an innovative experimental approach called Electron microscopy assisted nucleosome capture technique to corroborate Arya's findings. "What we did was extract the most import...

New computer simulation helps explain folding in important cellular protein

...haracteristics of proteins including possible folding pathways and folding intermediates. Thus, it allows us to bridge the gap between statistical and experimental results." Unfortunately, so much is happening physically and biochemically as proteins fold into their functional shapes (called the native state) ...

Jet-propelled imaging for an ultrafast light source

...rs across. What Spence and his colleagues wanted was a jet of particles less than a micrometer in size. Back in 1878 Lord Rayleigh, a professor of experimental physics at Cambridge University, discovered that a smooth, cylindrical jet of liquid emerging from an orifice spontaneously breaks up to form a train ...

Health benefits of physical activity more pronounced in women

... Many experimental studies have found that physical exercise can improve cholesterol levels and subsequently decrease the risks of cardiovascular disease; however, few o...

Experimental treatment halts hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in newborns

...gressive brain damage triggered by the lack of oxygen and blood supply. The experimental pre-clinical treatment involved putting a naturally occurring substance cal...s are needed to test the effectiveness and safety of PAI-1 therapy in other experimental animal models. The researcher team also recommends studies to determine whe...

Study reveals a reprogrammed role for the androgen receptor

...se epigenetic changes to occur, but "we are profiling the genome-wide epigenetic landscape of androgen-dependent and -independent cancers, trying both experimental and computational methods to identify additional regulators," says study co-senior author X. Shirley Liu, PhD, of Dana-Farber. "The androgen recep...

Discovery to aid in future treatments of third-world parasites

...boratory research, also oversees studies in schistosomiasis patients in Africa. These findings are reported in the current issue of the Journal of experimental Medicine . As with all basic research discoveries, incremental advances such as these may eventually lead to new treatments and therapies that wil...

New supercomputer to reel in answers to some of Earth's problems

...ss. Users generally conduct research that supports the DOE's missions in energy, the environment, or national security. "When combined with EMSL's experimental capabilities, the new Chinook supercomputer will provide scientists from academia, national laboratories, and industry with an unprecedented research ...

In vitro antibody production enables HIV infection detection in window period -- key to safer blood

...rmed- Stimmunology). The results, which appear in the August 2009 issue of experimental Biology and Medicine , show that pre-treating the whole blood sample in the...da-Cohen (a mother of seven). Dr. Steven R. Goodman, Editor-in-Chief of experimental Biology and Medicine said "The article by Mumo and colleagues may lead to ...

Parasitic worms make sex worthwhile

... this week's Current Biology . The scientists' report represents direct experimental evidence for the "Red Queen Hypothesis" of sex, which suggests sexual repro...the lake, where the snails tend to reproduce asexually. Despite a simple experimental design, the revelations were rich. First, higher infection rates by local w...

Newly discovered gene fusion may lead to improved prostate cancer diagnosis

...er," says Dr. Mark A. Rubin, the Homer T. Hirst Professor of Oncology in Pathology, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and vice chair for experimental pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College. "Currently, PSA testing is the standard of care, yet it is not accurate enough to predict prostate cancer,...

Music is the engine of new U-M lab-on-a-chip device

... ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Music, rather than electromechanical valves, can drive experimental samples through a lab-on-a-chip in a new system developed at the University...tem uses music to create sound waves in the device, which in turn, move the experimental droplets. "I think this is a very clever system," Burns said. "It's a w...

C. difficile spores spread superbug

...istance to an array environmental conditions. This ability to purify spores, while preserving their characteristics, allows researchers to use them in experimental settings and to establish their structure. " C. difficile is a high-profile and rapidly emerging pathogen and is responsible for the death of a pa...

University of Miami receives stimulus funds for study of hurricane impacts on structures, ecosystems

... to develop and implement advanced sensor technology, including remote and optical imaging systems that can be deployed in hurricanes. This innovative experimental test bed will also contribute to the knowledge needed for the development of the next generation of high-resolution fluid dynamic models, which help f...

Reviews of microbial gene language published in special issue of Trends in Microbiology

...interactions between a microbe and its host. By allowing scientists to link experimental results to a computer-readable language, the Gene Ontology provides scienti...ers to include their own Gene Ontology term assignments when publishing new experimental data about genes and we hope that scientific journals will assist in this p...

Alzheimer's disease drug treats traumatic brain injury, report GUMC researchers

...a secretase are now being studied as treatment for Alzheimer's disease. In this study, researchers used mice that were either treated with DAPT, an experimental gamma secretase inhibitor, or mice which were "BACE knock-outs" so called because they were genetically altered in such a way that they could not pro...

22nd Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Sept. 12-16, 2009, Turkey

...earch activities of (young) scientists. Furthermore, ECNP is proud to present the report of the ECNP Consultation Meeting 2009 on 'Biomarkers and experimental medicine in developing new treatments in neuropsychopharmacology' . Through annual consultation meetings on specific topics, ECNP aims to facilitate t...

A matter of density, not quantity

...cluding the growth of small numbers of cells at the early stages of biofilm formation or the early stages of an infection." By using a microfluidic experimental array, the team was able to isolate droplets with a volume of about 100 femtoliters (100 quadrillionths of a liter), each containing only one or very ...

New theory gives more precise estimates of large-scale biodiversity

...l patterns such as the distribution of plants look similar on small and large scales, does not explain species richness over large areas. In addition, experimental tests of the species-area relationship showed that the curve has to be tweaked for every class of organisms and habitat studied. Harte and colleagu...

Toward an explanation for Crohn's disease?

...tute of the MUHC and McGill University, has provided new insight into how this might occur. The study will be published on July 9th in the Journal of experimental Medicine . When the NOD2 gene functions normally, it codes for a receptor that will recognize invading bacteria and then trigger the immune respons...

Spread your sperm the smart way

...culates of lower fertilising quality than subordinate males. Sam Tazzyman, UCL CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and experimental Biology), says: "In some species, females mate with many different males. Each male's sperm competes with that of other males in a process known as 's...

Ozone depletes oil seed rape productivity

... have shown a decrease in oil, protein and carbohydrate content of oilseed rape seeds in high ozone, these results (to be presented at the Society for experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting in Glasgow on 29th June 2009) could signal a significant income loss for farmers and an indirect effect on human health an...

New crops needed for new climate

... yield in plants grown under high CO 2 and drought conditions. The research, to be presented by Dr Ros Gleadow on 29 June 2009 at the Society for experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Glasgow, has shown that the concentration of cyanogenic glycosides, which break down to release toxic hydrogen cyanide, incr...

Iron and biological production in the high-latitude North Atlantic

...found that the concentration of dissolved iron in surface waters was very low, as was biological production, despite the presence of residual nitrate. experimental addition of iron to bottles containing seawater samples increased photosynthetic efficiency, chlorophyll concentrations, and growth of several types o...

Your own private global warming

...obal warming could easily provoke serious ecological imbalances in this region. These results will be presented by Dr. Lloyd S. Peck at the Society of experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday 30th June 2009. The researchers found that, for a given species, smaller individuals were able to tole...

Chemicals in common consumer products may play a role in pre-term births

...s and premature births. The researchers hope to examine a larger population of pregnant women to corroborate these initial study findings, and conduct experimental lab studies to further explore the biological mechanisms of how phthalates work in the body. ...

Desert rhubarb -- a self-irrigating plant

...of the leave's depressed veins to the ground surrounding the plant's single root and then penetrates the ground to a depth of 10 cm or more. Under the experimental conditions, water penetrated the ground only as deep as 1 cm. "We know of no other plant in the deserts of the world that functions in this manner...

Key to evolutionary fitness: Cut the calories

...nvestment in offspring in order to maintain long-term reproductive fitness. The research, to be presented by Dr Teresa Valencak at the Society for experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Glasgow has shown that, when their energy reserves are low or when their offspring are kept in cooler temperatures, Brown ha...

Triggering muscle development -- a therapeutic cure for muscle wastage?

...avel. Dr. Mark Lewis (University College London, UK) will present their latest results on how MGF exerts its effects during his talk at the Society of experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday 1st July 2009. When muscles are stretched during exercise, they produce a specific substance known as...
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