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Stem cell research: From molecular physiology to therapeutic applications

Stem cell research promises remedies to many devastating diseases that are currently incurable, ranging from diabetes and Parkinson's disease to paralysis. Totipotent embryonic stem cells have great potential for generating a wide range of different human cells that can be used to restore malfunct...

UCLA researchers discover new molecular pathway for targeting cancer, disease

A UCLA study has identified a way to turn off a key signaling pathway involved in physiological processes that can also stimulate the development of cancer and other diseases. The findings may lead to new treatments and targeted drugs using this approach. In the study, which is currently ava...

Natural-born divers and the molecular traces of evolution

An aquatic lifestyle imposes serious demands for the organism, and this is true even for the tiniest molecules that form our body. When the ancestors of present marine mammals initiated their return to the oceans, their physiology had to adapt radically to the new medium. Dr. Michael Berenbrink a...

Xie Lab uncovers molecular machinery related to stem cell fate

The Stowers Institute's Xie Lab has revealed how the BAM protein affects germline stem cell differentiation and how it is involved in regulating the quality of stem cells through intercellular competition. The work was published today by PNAS Early Edition. Maintaining the proper balance betw...

Test detects molecular marker of aging in humans

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. In 2004, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announced a crucial discovery in the understanding of cellular aging. They found that as cells and tissues age, the expression of a key protein, called p16INK4a, drama...

Identification of a key molecular pathway required for brain neural circuit formation

Montral, May 15, 2009 The research group of Dr. Frdric Charron, a researcher at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montral (IRCM), has made a discovery which could help treat spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. This new finding has been published in the current issue of the ...

Association for Molecular Pathology joins ACLU to challenge gene patents

Washington, DC May 13, 2009 The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) announced today that it is working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation to bring a lawsuit charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are u...

Springer partners with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Springer has entered into an agreement with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) to publish The Encyclopedia of Molecular Life Sciences. The 11-volume work will be published in print and electronically in 2012. Society members will have free access to the online edi...

Team identifies a molecular switch linking infectious disease and depression

Researchers at the University of Illinois report that IDO, an enzyme found throughout the body and long suspected of playing a role in depression, is in fact essential to the onset of depressive symptoms sparked by chronic inflammation. Their study, just published online in the Journal of Imm...

Mayo Clinic researchers discover and manipulate molecular interplay that moves cancer cells

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Based on research that reveals new insight into mechanisms that allow invasive tumor cells to move, researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida have a new understanding about how to stop cancer from spreading. A cancer that spreads elsewhere in the body, known as metastasi...

SNM Symposium on Multimodality Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging

WHAT: SNM Symposium on Multimodality Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging This two-day symposium focuses on advances in stem cell therapy, leading-edge research in imaging technology and targeted imaging of the cardiovascular system, including imaging of cardiovascular receptors, vascular biology,...

Pitt researchers describe molecular '2-step' leading to protein clumps of Huntington's disease

PITTSBURGH, March 8 In a paper published in the early online version of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology , researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine deconstruct the first steps in an intricate molecular dance that might lead to the formation of pathogenic protein clum...

Life secret exposed: Scientists unlock mystery of molecular machine

This release is available in French . Montreal, February 19, 2009 A major mystery about the origins of life has been resolved. According to a study published in the journal Nature , two Universit de Montral scientists have proposed a new theory for how a universal molecular machine, the ...

Plugging in molecular wires

This release is available in German . Plants, algae, and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are masters of everything to do with solar energy because they are able to almost completely transform captured sunlight into chemical energy. This is in part because the electrons set free by the ph...

New open-source software permits faster desktop computer simulations of molecular motion

Whether vibrating in place or taking part in protein folding to ensure cells function properly, molecules are never still. Simulating molecular motions provides researchers with information critical to designing vaccines and helps them decipher the bases of certain diseases, such as Alzheimer's an...

Comparative genomics reveals molecular evolution of Q fever pathogen

Blacksburg, Va. Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Texas A&M Health Center, and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have uncovered genetic clues about why some strains of the pathogen Coxiella burnetii are more virulent than others. ...

Phoenix conference highlights TGen's and Scottsdale Healthcare's contributions to molecular oncology

PHOENIX, Ariz. Jan. 8, 2009 Physician-scientists from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Scottsdale Healthcare will present their latest findings and techniques at a national conference designed to provide cancer doctors with new treatments for their patients. "Molecular...

Tracking the molecular pathway to mixed-lineage leukemia

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Dec. 15, 2008) Infants and adults with the blood cancer mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL) typically have a poor prognosis, and most infants die before their first birthdays. Although there are varying causes of MLL, most cases are caused by a fusion of two genes, the MLL and the AF4 ...

Pitt, NETL researchers report molecular chain reaction thought to be impossible

PITTSBURGHPeople said it couldn't be done, but researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh demonstrated a molecular chain reaction on a metal surface, a nanoscale process with sizable potential in areas ...

New molecular insight into vertebrate brain development

In the December 1st issue of G&D , Dr. Fred H. Gage (The Salk Institute for Biological Studies) and colleagues reveal a role for the Hippo signaling pathway in the regulation of vertebrate neural development, identifying new factors and potential therapeutic targets that may be involved in cong...

Scientists trace molecular origin of proportional development

CINCINNATI When it comes to embryo formation in the lowly fruit fly, a little molecular messiness actually leads to enhanced developmental precision, according to a study in the Oct. 14 Developmental Cell from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. While the fundamentals of this tin...

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...

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on growing role of molecular diagnostics

New Rochelle, NY, October 3, 2008Novel platform technologies and key advances in genomics are rapidly driving the development of molecular diagnostics, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN). The payoff for successful molecular diagnostic products can be significant as Kalorama...

SNM releases new fact sheet on breast cancer and molecular imaging

RESTON, Va.Coinciding with the observance of Nuclear Medicine Week (October 5 to 11) and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), SNM released today a new fact sheet highlighting recent developments in molecular imaging technologies that are dramatically improving the ways in which breast...

Media invitation: 20th EORTC-NCI-ACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics

Journalists are invited to attend the 20th EORTCNCIAACR Symposium on "Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics" in Geneva, Switzerland [Geneva Palexpo, Geneva] from Tuesday 21 October-Friday 24 October. Today (Monday 15 September) is the deadline for booking accommodation via the official loca...

Computational biochemist uncovers a molecular clue to evolution

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida State University researcher who uses high-powered computers to map the workings of proteins has uncovered a mechanism that gives scientists a better understanding of how evolution occurs at the molecular level. Such an understanding eventually could lead to the de...

AACR hosts Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer Therapeutic Development Meeting

What: The AACR Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer Therapeutics Development Meeting features the latest findings in laboratory, translational and clinical cancer research. This year's meeting focuses on new biologic markers and imaging methods. To help you take advantage of the meeting's scienti...

Rice lab finds molecular clues to Wilson disease

HOUSTON -- Aug. 19, 2008 -- Using a combination of computer simulations and cutting-edge lab experiments, physical biochemists at Rice University have discovered how a small genetic mutation -- which is known to cause Wilson disease -- subtly changes the structure of a large, complex protein that ...

Caltech researchers awarded $10M for molecular programming project

PASADENA, Calif.-- The National Science Foundation's Expeditions in Computing program has awarded $10 million to the Molecular Programming Project, a collaborative effort by researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington to establish a fundamental approach t...

Newly discovered molecular switch helps decide cell type in early embryo development

CINCINNATI Researchers have discovered a central molecular switch in fruit fly embryos that opens new avenues for studying the causes of birth defects and cancer in humans. Writing about their study in the Aug. 12 Developmental Cell, scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center d...

Fossil and molecular evidence reveals the history of major marine biodiversity hotspots

This press release is available in Spanish . The journal " Science " has published in the issue of the 1st of August the results of a detailed research work about the evolution of marine diversity all through the last 50 million years. The study has been carried out with the participation o...

MicroRNA implicated as molecular factor in alcohol tolerance

WORCESTER, Mass.In recent years, a class of small molecules known as microRNA have been found to play an important role in regulating gene products in most animal and plant species. A new study now indicates that microRNA may influence the development of alcohol tolerance, a hallmark of alcohol ab...

SNM awards $300,000 to support molecular imaging research

RESTON, Va.SNMan international scientific and professional organization of more than 16,000 members dedicated to promoting the practical applications, technology and science of molecular imaging and nuclear medicinehas awarded $300,000 in research grants to support molecular imaging research. The ...

Livermore researchers use carbon nanotubes for molecular transport

LIVERMORE, Calif. - Molecular transport across cellular membranes is essential to many of life's processes, for example electrical signaling in nerves, muscles and synapses. In biological systems, the membranes often contain a slippery inner surface with selective filter regions made up of spec...

A molecular switch turns on the flame in 'nature's blowtorch'

Waltham, MAUncontrolled reaction of organic compounds with oxygen is easy: we call it fire. But nature often needs to do oxidations very specifically, adding oxygen to a particular carbon atom in a complicated molecule without disturbing anything else. Usually, this job falls to an enzyme called...

Scientists discover a molecular scaffold that guides connections between brain cells

Brain cells known as neurons process information by joining into complex networks, transmitting signals to each other across junctions called synapses. But neurons dont just connect to other neurons, emphasizes Z. Josh Huang, Ph.D., in a lot of cases, they connect to very specific partners, at par...

Researchers discover molecular basis of a form of muscular dystrophy

A team of French and German researchers report in the May 2008 print issue of The FASEB Journal ( http://www.fasebj.org ) that people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy are missing a protein called c-FLIP, which the body uses to prevent the loss of muscle tissue. By targeting the cellular and mol...

Brown opens institute for molecular and nanoscale innovation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Many of society's most pressing problems the search for clean energy, the availability of safe drinking water, rooting out the biomarkers of diseases depend on the study of matter at the molecular and nanoscale level. Such complex research is no longer confi...

Argonne scientists develop techniques for creating molecular movies

ARGONNE, Ill. (April 15, 2008) They may never win an Oscar, but scientists at the U.S. Department of Energys (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed techniques for creating accurate movies of biological and chemical molecules, a feat only theorized up until now. Biological and organi...

ESF conference probes water's mysterious interactions at molecular level

Some of the most challenging problems in science concern the behaviour of the most commonplace compound on the planets surface - water. But some of the mysteries are now being unravelled by the latest analysis and imaging techniques in an unfolding story that was presented at a recent conference o...
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