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La Jolla Institute discovers novel tumor suppressor

SAN DIEGO (August 3, 2009) La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology researchers studying an enzyme believed to play a role in allergy onset, instead have discovered its previously unknown role as a tumor suppressor that may be important in myeloproliferative diseases and some types of lymphoma...

DNA computation gets logical at the Weizmann Institute of Science

Biomolecular computers, made of DNA and other biological molecules, only exist today in a few specialized labs, remote from the regular computer user. Nonetheless, Tom Ran and Shai Kaplan, research students in the lab of Prof. Ehud Shapiro of the Weizmann Institute's Biological Chemistry, and Comp...

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...

OJ worse for teeth than whitening says Eastman Institute researchers

With the increasing popularity of whitening one's teeth, researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, set out to learn if there are negative effects on the tooth from using whitening products. Eastman Institute's YanFang Ren, DDS, PhD...

Partnership to accelerate Trudeau Institute discoveries to patient care

Saranac Lake, N.Y. - The Trudeau Institute and Health Research Incorporated (HRI) have established a unique partnership aimed at advancing the commercialization of medical and scientific discoveries made at the institute to maximize their benefit to public health worldwide. The Trudeau Insti...

Stanford's Woods Institute awards new round of Environmental Venture Projects

The Woods Institute for the Environment has awarded four new Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) grants for interdisciplinary research aimed at finding practical solutions promoting global sustainability. Four Stanford University faculty teams will receive a total of $791,692 over the next ...

$10 million Simons Foundation gift supports new initiative with Institute for Advanced Study

The Rockefeller University and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., have established a joint initiative in biology supported by a $10 million gift from The Simons Foundation, it was announced today. The initiative, which builds on the complementary strengths of the Institute and th...

Weizmann Institute scientists develop a unique approach for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen

The design of efficient systems for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, driven by sunlight is among the most important challenges facing science today, underpinning the long term potential of hydrogen as a clean, sustainable fuel. But man-made systems that exist today are very inefficient an...

Peter Baumann named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist

Stowers Institute Associate Investigator Peter Baumann, Ph.D., has been named an Early Career Scientist with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI appointments are among the most competitive and highly sought distinctions in biomedical research. Dr. Baumann and his team will contin...

UF scientist tapped by Howard Hughes Medical Institute to pursue 'best ideas'

GAINESVILLE, Fla. A University of Florida scientist whose interest in embryonic development and evolution led him to discover the molecular building blocks that shape appendages ranging from feet to flippers was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist today (Thursday, March...

La Jolla Institute signs exclusive license agreement with Medimmune on major asthma discovery

SAN DIEGO (February 25, 2009) A major asthma discovery by a researcher at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology has been licensed by MedImmune, a leading innovation-focused biotechnology company and wholly owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC. MedImmune licensed the discovery to explore...

American Institute of Physics announces awards for best science writing

College Park, MD, February 24, 2009 -- The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced the winners of its 2008 Science Writing Awards today. The winners -- two scientists, a journalist, a children's book author, and a public television producer -- will receive four prizes of $3,000, engraved Win...

Van Andel Research Institute and TGen undertake alliance to promote science and health

PHOENIX, Ariz. Feb. 11, 2009 The Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) will forge a strategic alliance that will enable both to maximize their worldwide contributions to science and health. The non-profit researcher institutes jointly ann...

Weizmann Institute scientists show extra copies of a gene carry extra risk

Is more of a good thing better? A gene known as LIS1 is crucial for ensuring the proper placement of neurons in the developing brain. When an LIS1 gene is missing, brains fail to develop the characteristic folds; babies with lissencephaly or 'smooth brain' are born severely mentally retarded. But ...

Weizmann Institute scientists discover how cancer cells survive a chemotherapy drug

What separates the few cancer cells that survive chemotherapy leaving the door open to recurrence from those that don't? Weizmann Institute scientists developed an original method for imaging and analyzing many thousands of living cells to reveal exactly how a chemotherapy drug affects each one....

Director of Berman Institute comments on FDA Approval of first human embryonic stem cell trial

"The report today that the FDA has approved the first human clinical trial of an embryonic stem cell-based intervention raises important ethical considerations, but not only, or even primarily, because what is at issue is an embryonic stem cell-based intervention. Although deep-seated disagreemen...

The gold standard: Biodesign Institute researchers use nanoparticles to make 3-D DNA nanotubes

Arizona State University researchers Hao Yan and Yan Liu imagine and assemble intricate structures on a scale almost unfathomably small. Their medium is the double-helical DNA molecule, a versatile building material offering near limitless construction potential. In the January 2, 2009 issue o...

DOE Joint Genome Institute completes soybean genome

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) has released a complete draft assembly of the soybean (Glycine max) genetic code, making it widely available to the research community to advance new breeding strategies for one of the world's most valuable plant c...

Rutgers receives US$10 million to establish Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has received a four-year, $10 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, on its George H. Cook Campus. Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick announced his inte...

M.I.N.D. Institute researchers call for fragile X testing throughout the lifespan

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) Writing in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association , UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researchers urge physicians to test for mutations of the fragile X gene in patients of all ages. That's because, after decades of research, it is clear that mutations in this gen...

EPA teams with National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute to map ecosystem services

(Washington, DC October 29, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is collaborating with the National Geographic Society and the World Resources Institute to develop tools that will help to fully account for the value of ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are the goods and se...

Salk researcher Terry Sejnowski elected to Institute of Medicine

Terry Sejnowski, Ph.D., professor and head of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the IOM has announced. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes indivi...

Broad Institute awarded major grant to bolster epigenomics research

Researchers at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT announced today that they have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to map the epigenomes of a variety of medically important cell types, including human embryonic stem cells. The five-year, ~$15M grant, part of the NIH...

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics celebrates 10th birthday by presenting major gifts to human health

Ten years old. The SIB is a Swiss success story at the frontier of biology and computer science. It brings together 300 scientists, organised into 25 working groups, one of which has just made a major scientific breakthrough in the field of human proteins. The SIB is backed by some of the best...

Wistar Institute researcher receives 'New Innovator' award from NIH

A Wistar Institute researcher's novel approach to understanding genetic causes of human disease has earned him an NIH Director's New Innovator Award and grant from the National Institutes of Health. Ken-ichi Noma, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Wistar's Gene Expression and Regulation Program...

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics 10th Anniversary Conference

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the SIBs 10th Anniversary celebration. Many events are to take place throughout Switzerland. Amongst them, we are particularly happy to welcome you to our Anniversary Conference (see programme below) which will take place on Wednesday, 24th September at the Kul...

Syracuse University partners with Serum Institute of India to develop vaccines for children

A unique partnership between Syracuse University and the Serum Institute of India could lead to better access to life-saving vaccines for children living in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. The Institute recently awarded $250,000 to a team of SU researchers led by Robert Doyle, a...

Eli and Edythe L. Broad make unprecedented gift to endow Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 4, 2008 Declaring the success of an unprecedented experiment in science and philanthropy, Los Angeles-based philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad announced today that they have increased their total gift to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to $600 million. Adding to t...

NYU Cancer Institute researcher among first NIH EUREKA award recipients

New York City, NY September 3, 2008 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $42.2 million to fund 38 exceptionally innovative research projects that could have an extraordinarily significant impact on many areas of science. The grants, from a new program called EUREKA (for Excepti...

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...

Broad Institute researchers introduce next generation tool for visualizing genomic data

Researchers are collecting vast amounts of diverse genomic data with ever-increasing speed, but effective ways to visualize these data in an integrated manner have lagged behind the ability to generate them. To address this growing need, researchers at the Broad Institute have developed the Integr...

Baker Institute report proposes strategies to ensure global energy security

A new policy report released by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy suggests strategies to deal with the current turmoil in the global energy markets, including the role of petrodollars in the U.S. credit bubble. "Sharp changes in energy prices are having dramatic effects on the...

UC San Diego launches Institute of Engineering in Medicine to accelerate health care tech

The world's top engineers, physicians and scientists are joining forces to conceptualize, develop and bring to reality the future tools and treatments of 21st century health care through UC San Diego's new Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Nanoparticle bombs to kill cancer, molecular-sized bri...

US EPA, UVM's Gund Institute team up to develop new ways to understand ecosystem services

(Washington, DC July 8, 2008) A new partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont will help decision makers more accurately determine the costs and benefits...

US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute announces new genome sequencing projects

WALNUT CREEK, CAIn the continuing effort to tap the vast, unexplored reaches of the earth's microbial and plant domains for bioenergy and environmental applications, the DOE Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) has announced its latest portfolio of DNA sequencing projects that it will undertake in the...

Montreal Heart Institute and Mount Sinai Hospital researchers contribute to Crohn's disease study

Twenty-one new genetic risk factors associated with Crohn's disease have been discovered, more than doubling the amount of genetic information about the disease. An international consortium of Crohn's disease researchers combined efforts, including major contributions from Canadian researchers Dr...

4 Stanford faculty named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators

Four Stanford researchers have joined the ranks of investigators for the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute. They join the 14 current HHMI investigators at Stanford, 11 of which are at the School of Medicine. There are 304 HHMI investigators nationwide. Stanford's recipients are: ...

Baker Institute study, conference weigh risks for global energy markets

In recent years, a growing scarcity of energy commodities worldwide has heightened concerns about key geopolitical risks and threats, such as conflict in the Middle East, terrorism and resource nationalism. However, a study released this week by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy ...

Baker Institute study finds continuing upward pressure on retail gasoline prices

With the price of a barrel of oil hovering around $120, U.S. drivers can expect to pay more at the pump in the near future, according to a new study by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. "There is room for retail gasoline prices to move up," said Kenneth Medlock III, a Baker ...

Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency awards first faculty research grants

The Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency has awarded its first competitive research grants to members of the Stanford faculty. John P. Weyant, deputy director of the institute, said that three faculty projects will receive a total of $358,000 over the next 11 to 18 months for research designed...
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