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Symposium to discuss geoengineering to fight climate change at the ESA Annual Meeting

Geoengineering techniques aim to slow global warming through the use of human-made changes to the Earth's land, seas or atmosphere. But new research shows that the use of geoengineering to do environmental good may cause other environmental harm. In a symposium at the Ecological Society of America...

Restoring a natural root signal helps to fight a major corn pest

A longstanding and fruitful collaboration between researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Neuchtel in Switzerland, together with contributions from colleagues in Munich and the US, has produced another first: the successful manipulation of a crop plant to...

Leicester research paves way for first use in Europe of an insect to fight invasive plant

Researchers at the University of Leicester have paved the way for the first ever use in Europe of an insect (biocontrol) to combat an invasive plant species in Britain. University of Leicester biologists established that the Japanese Knotweed in Britain was one the biggest females in the world-...

Test helps in fight against lung infections and for treating other life-threatening infections

Edmonton, Alberta A new test developed by Edmonton-based Innovotech™ Inc. will now allow doctors to more accurately identify the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections that are biofilm based. With more than 80 per cent of infections in the developed world caused by...

Cancer-causing protein can also help fight the tumors it causes

Oncogenes are genes that when mutated or expressed in high concentrations can cause normal cells to become cancerous. Now research from Tel Aviv University is demonstrating that Ras, one of the first oncogenes discovered, has the power to heal as well as harm. Ph.D. student Oded Rechavi and hi...

New guidelines to fight obesity in pregnancy issued

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. MAY 28, 2009 -- Starting pregnancy at a healthy weight and gaining the right amount during pregnancy is critical to giving a baby a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes said today in response to new guidelines from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The Institute of Medic...

Novel vaccine approach offers hope in fight against HIV

A research team may have broken the stubborn impasse that has frustrated the invention of an effective HIV vaccine, by using an approach that bypasses the usual path followed by vaccine developers. By using gene transfer technology that produces molecules that block infection, the scientists prote...

SRI International to screen drugs that fight 2009 H1N1 influenza A

MENLO PARK, Calif. May 13, 2009 SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization, announced today that that it will screen a library of well-characterized drugs against the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, previously known as "swine flu." The work will be performed ...

Mosquito parasite may help fight dengue fever

Dengue fever is a terrible viral disease blighting many of the world's tropical regions. Carried by mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypti , 40% of the world's population is believed to be at risk from the infection. What is more, previous exposure to other strains of the fever does not confer protect...

Re-awakening old genes to help in the fight against HIV

A new vaginal cream containing a reawakened protein could someday prevent the transmission of HIV. Scientists at the University of Central Florida in Orlando have revived a dormant gene found in humans and coaxed it to produce retrocyclin, a protein that resists HIV. Lead scientist Alexande...

Locking parasites in host cell could be new way to fight malaria

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that parasites hijack host-cell proteins to ensure their survival and proliferation, suggesting new ways to control the diseases they cause. The study, appearing this week online in Science , was led by Doron Greenb...

To fight drug addiction, UB researchers target the brain with nanoparticles

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A precise, new nanotechnology treatment for drug addiction may be on the horizon as the result of research conducted at the University at Buffalo. Scientists in UB's Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics and UB's Department of Medicine have developed a stable nanoparti...

'Seeing' stem cells helps in fight against peripheral arterial disease

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 10, 2009)Interventional radiologists are fitting together the puzzle pieces of how to use stem cells to create new or more blood vessels to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in those individuals with extensively narrowed or clogged arteries. That puzzle may be closer...

Cutting-edge amfAR grants fight HIV/AIDS in the lab and on the phone

NEW YORK, February 27, 2009 Most parents of teenage children have experienced frustration at their sons' and daughters' obsession with text messaging. But what if this ubiquitous technology could be used to save lives? At the University of Dar es Salaam in the East African nation of Tanzania, a c...

Frog's immune system is key in fight against killer virus

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered how changes to a frog's immune system may be the key to beating a viral infection which is devastating frog populations across the UK. Communities of common frogs (Rana temporaria) are being struck down by a foreign virus which i...

Research elucidates way lungs fight bacteria and prevent infection

NEW YORK (Jan. 23, 2009) Actor and pancreatic cancer patient Patrick Swayze's recent hospitalization with pneumonia as a result of his compromised immune system underscores the sensitivity of the lungs: many patients die from lung complications of a disease, rather than the disease itself. Lun...

International copper industry defines role in the fight against hospital infections

NEW YORK, NY (January 5, 2009) The copper industry is working together to answer one very important question: Can copper and copper alloys (brass and bronze) help curb the spread of bacteria that cause hospital infection? Results of laboratory testing and clinical trials indicate that they can. S...

Evolution in action: Our antibodies take 'evolutionary leaps' to fight microbes

With cold and flu season in full swing, the fact that viruses and bacteria rapidly evolve is apparent with every sneeze, sniffle, and cough. A new report in the January 2009 issue of The FASEB Journal ( http://www.fasebj.org ), explains for the first time how humans keep up with microbes by rear...

UC Davis researchers exploring gene therapy to fight AIDS

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) The apparent success of a case in which German doctors cured a man of AIDS using a bone marrow transplant comes as no surprise to Gerhard Bauer, a UC Davis stem cell researcher. Bauer has been working for more than 10 years on a similar cure for AIDS based on replacing the de...

Vitamin D found to fight placental infection

In a paper available at the online site of the journal Biology of Reproduction , a team of UCLA researchers reports for the first time that vitamin D induces immune responses in placental tissues by stimulating production of the antimicrobial protein cathelicidin. The study involved exposing c...

Feed a cold, feed a fever: Research shows calorie cut makes it harder to fight flu

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Dieters or those who consume fewer calories during flu season could have a harder time fighting off the flu virus, according to research by Michigan State University nutritional immunology professor Elizabeth Gardner. In a study published in the November issue of the Jou...

£20 million to fight virtual crime and treat our aging population

Fighting virtual crime, treating an ageing population, and turning research into commercial enterprises, will be the focus of a 20 million ($30.4 million) investment announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Biotechno...

£20 million to fight virtual crime and treat our ageing population

Fighting virtual crime, treating an ageing population, and turning research into commercial enterprises, will be the focus of a 20 million ($30.4 million) investment announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Biotechno...

UNC study: Text messaging may help children fight off obesity

CHAPEL HILL Many children love sending and receiving text messages through their cell phones sometimes to the great annoyance of their parents. But now a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests this technology could be used to reduce children's chances of becom...

Researchers use chemical from medicinal plants to fight HIV

Like other kinds of cells, immune cells lose the ability to divide as they age because a part of their chromosomes known as a telomere becomes progressively shorter with cell division. As a result, the cell changes in many ways, and its disease fighting ability is compromised. But a new UCLA...

A new weapon in the fight against obesity and diabetes

This press release is available in French . A study appearing November 5 in the journal Cell Metabolism demonstrates that a synthetic new chemical entity protects against diet-induced obesity, improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and enhances exercise endurance by enhancing ...

Scripps Florida scientists awarded $1.5M to fight major water and food parasites

This award includes $1.5 million granted to the laboratory of William Roush, Ph.D., of Scripps Florida, a division of The Scripps Research Institute. Other participants in the consortium are University of California, San Diego (UCSD), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and University ...

'Plant-eating predator to fight superweed is not magic bullet'

Plans to introduce plant-eating predators to fight a superweed spreading throughout Britain should not be seen as a 'magic bullet', says a world expert on Japanese knotweed at the University of Leicester. Dr John Bailey of the Department of Biology has been researching the invasive weed since t...

Vitiligo skin disorder could yield clues in fight against melanoma

MAYWOOD, Ill. About 1 million Americans suffer a skin disorder called vitiligo, which causes unsightly white patches on the face, hands and other parts of the body. A Loyola University Hospital researcher has won a five-year, $1.7 million federal grant to investigate a new way to treat vitilig...

Anti-tumor therapy with endoscopic ultrasound may fight cancer more safely and effectively

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 12, 2008 - The chairman of EUS2008 today announced that investigational research on a therapeutic technique that will allow physicians to directly inject malignant tumors with cancer fighting agents from inside the body will be presented at the 16th International Sympo...

Synthetic moleculues could add spice to fight against cancer

COLUMBUS, Ohio Seeking to improve on nature, scientists used a spice-based compound as a starting point and developed synthetic molecules that, in lab settings, are able to kill cancer cells and stop the cells from spreading. The researchers are combining organic chemistry, computer-aided desi...

Potential new drug target to fight tuberculosis identified

NEW YORK (July 29, 2008) -- With antibiotic resistance on the rise, tuberculosis is emerging as a bigger global health threat than ever before. But now, innovative research at Weill Cornell Medical College suggests that Mycobacterium tuberculosis has an as yet unsuspected weakness -- one tha...

Exhausted B cells fail to fight HIV

Antibodies stick to HIV particles, preventing them from infecting other cells and triggering their destruction by immune cells. This antibody response starts out strong in HIV-infected individuals but eventually peters out. To find out why, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Inf...

Control switches found for immune cells that fight cancer, viral infection

July 9, 2008 -- Medical science may be a significant step closer to climbing into the driver's seat of an important class of immune cells, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report in Nature Immunology . The researchers showed that a single protein, HS1, enabl...

Indiana U scientists uncover potential key to better drugs to fight toxoplasmosis parasite

INDIANAPOLIS Discoveries by Indiana University School of Medicine scientists have opened a promising door to new drugs for toxoplasmosis and other parasites that now can evade treatments by turning dormant in the body. Their findings help explain how the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis tran...

To fight the cancer before the tumor grows

Researchers in Heidelberg have discovered a new strategy for an immunization against certain forms of cancer. They have determined that immune cells react strongly to the modified proteins in tumor cells in which a DNA repair defect has occurred. It is estimated that this repair defect is present ...

Improving care and knowledge in translational research to fight breast cancer

Berlin, 15 April 2008 -- European breast cancer specialists have taken a significant step forward in the fight against breast cancer by bringing together world leaders in breast cancer research and treatment at an innovative European scientific meeting, IMPAKT (IMProving cAre and Knowledge in Tr...

Researcher discovers pathway plants use to fight back against pathogens

COLUMBIA, Mo. Plants are not only smart, but they also wage a good fight, according to a University of Missouri biochemist. Previous studies have shown that plants can sense attacks by pathogens and activate their defenses. However, it has not been known what happens between the pathogen attacks ...

Subterfuge, counter-surveillance and assassination: The body's fight with cervical cancer

The virus responsible for most cases of cervical cancer has a serious weakness which may provide hope for new treatments for the disease. Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a virus which causes several types of cancer but is particularly associated with cervical cancer, has developed clever ways of ...

Taking the fight against cancer to heart

BETHESDA, Md. (Feb. 25, 2008) Hormones produced by the heart eliminated human pancreatic cancer in more than three-quarters of the mice treated with the hormones and eliminated human breast cancer in two-thirds of the mice, according to researcher David Vesely, a doctor at the James A. Haley Veter...
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