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The right messenger for a healthy immune response

Researchers from the Molecular Immunology group at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany have now shown that Beta-Interferon also plays a crucial role during an immune response: without Beta-Interferon immune cells are unable to show "wanted posters" of pathoge...

Why the thumb of the right hand is on the left hand side

This press release is available in German . It is the concentration of a few signaling molecules that determines the fate of individual cells during the early development of organisms. In the renowned journal Current Biology , a team of molecular biologists led by Pia Aanstad of the Unive...

Female mammals follow their noses to the right mates

Female birds often choose their mates based on fancy feathers. Female mammals, on the other hand, may be more likely to follow their noses to the right mate. That's one conclusion of Cambridge zoologist Tim Clutton-Brock and Harvard researcher Katherine McAuliffe, whose review of evidence for fema...

High numbers of right whales seen in Gulf of Maine

A large number of North Atlantic right whales have been seen in the Gulf of Maine in recent days, leading right whale researchers at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) to believe they have identified a wintering ground and potentially a breeding ground for this endangered species. ...

Snails and humans use same genes to tell right from left

Berkeley -- Biologists have tracked down genes that control the handedness of snail shells, and they turn out to be similar to the genes used by humans to set up the left and right sides of the body. The finding, reported online in advance of publication in Nature by University of California,...

Physical activity and health: Finding the right prescription

This release is available in French . Saskatoon (November 3, 2008) We all know physical activity is good for you. But why exactly is it good for you? What effect does exercise have on the cells and tissues of the body? What do we need to know so that we can use physical activity more effe...

When particles are so small that they seep right through skin

Scientists are finding that particles that are barely there tiny objects known as nanoparticles that have found a home in electronics, food containers, sunscreens, and a variety of applications can breech our most personal protective barrier: The skin. The particles under scrutiny by Lisa DeL...

Male cyclists risk sexual problems if they don’t choose the right bike

Men who take up cycling in an effort to stay fit, do their bit for the environment or avoid spiralling motoring costs, could be harming their health if they don't choose the right bicycle. That's the stark warning from consultant urological surgeon Mr Vinod Nargund from St Bartholomew's and Homert...

New whale detection buoys will help ships take the right way through marine habitat

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have teamed up with an international energy company and federal regulators to listen for and help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales in New Eng...

Warning buoys for right whales installed along Massachusetts Bay

Endangered North Atlantic right whales are safer along Massachusetts Bay's busy shipping lanes this spring, thanks to a new system of smart buoys. The buoys recognize whales' distinctive calls and route the information to a public Web site and a marine warning system, giving ships the chance to av...

Three Dimensional Visualization of Right Ventricle Provides Important Information for Treatment of Patients with Tetralogy of Fallot, According to a Study in The American Journal of Cardiology

Model Created Using Piecewise Smooth Subdivision Surface Provides Both Shape and Volumetric Evaluation of Tetralogy of Fallot Patients SEATTLE, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Three dimensional visualization of the right ventricle provides important shape and volumetric insights that help ca...

Northern right whales head south to give birth, leave genetic 'fingerprints' with NOAA researchers

Like many northerners who head south to warmer climates for the winter, many Northern right whales also head south in November and stay into April. Their destination is the only known calving ground for this rare and endangered populationthe waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. When the...

Everglades phosphorus limits on the right track, but more is needed

DURHAM, N.C. State and federal standards for phosphorus releases into the Everglades seem sufficient to protect the huge wetlands resident plants and animals from damage, but pollutant levels still reach double or triple safe levels near some of the Everglades outer edges. A six-year study led...

Neurons hard wired to tell left from right

It's well known that the left and right sides of the brain differ in many animal species and this is thought to influence cognitive performance and social behaviour. For instance, in humans, the left half of the brain is concerned with language processing whereas the right side is better at compre...

Trusting your instincts leads you to the right answer

A UCL (University College London) study has found that you are more likely to perform well if you do not think too hard and instead trust your instincts. The research, published online today in the journal Current Biology, shows that, in some cases, instinctive snap decisions are more reliable than...

Genes and biomarkers that allow doctors to choose the right therapy for the right patient

Genetic and epigenetic variations ensure that no two people are exactly alike, and the same holds true for any two cancers. Now, researchers have the tools and the knowledge to help predict how individuals will respond to cancer therapies, enabling them to create more effective therapies for indiv...

Striking the right balance between excitation and inhibition

Neurons in the brain and spinal cord come in two flavors, excitatory neurons that transmit and amplify signals, and inhibitory neurons that inhibit and refine those signals. Although investigators have long appreciated that these two classes of neurons exist in the central nervous system, little i...

Finding the right mix: A biomaterial blend library

From dental implants to hip replacements, biomaterials have become big business. But scientists pursuing this modern medical revolution share a basic challenge: biocompatibility. How will a biomaterial on the lab bench actually work inside the human body? Will a patient accept the new material or s...

How does the brain know what the right hand is doing?

A new experiment has shed more light on the multi-decade debate about how the brain knows where limbs are without looking at them. You don't have to watch your legs and feet when you walk. Your brain knows where they are. For decades scientists have debated two options for how the brain achieves ...

Einstein scientists discover how protein crucial for motion is synthesised at the right place in the cell

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the German Cancer Research Institute have shown how protein synthesis is targeted to certain regions of a cell--a process crucial for the cellular motility that governs nerve growth, wound healing and cancer metastasis. Their study appears ...

The right drug at the right time

Rice scientists replace pricey solvents with cheap processing fluidsIn an important advance toward the large-scale manufacture of fluorescent quantum dots, scientists at Rice University have developed a new method of replacing the pricey solvents used in quantum dot synthesis with cheaper oils that...

FSU scientist warns North Atlantic right whale facing extinction

The North Atlantic right whale's future looks grim if the current mortality rates continue, according to Florida State University assistant professor of oceanography Douglas Nowacek and a group of fellow scientists from across the nation. They have co-authored a paper titled "North Atlantic Right...

Habitat use by North Pacific right whales, Eubalaena japonica, in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska

The small population of North Pacific right whales, found during the summer in Alaska waters, is one of the most critically endangered whale populations in the world. Commercial whaling in the 1800s has now left us with only a few dozens. Recently these whales have been recognized as a different sp...

Highest ever winter water temperatures recorded

...marine ecosystems, fisheries, aquaculture, coastal communities and more," Dr Cresswell says. The Leeuwin Current forms north of Australia and flows right around the western half of the country, meeting its better known cousin, the East Australian Current (EAC), at Tasmania. The exact location of this me...

Marine microbes creating green waves in industry

...ue in this approach is to take specific knowledge and expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology, coupled with novel and diverse marine microbes, right through to high-yielding, scalable and economic manufacturing processes. These processes use enzyme catalysts from the marine microbes, which lead to ...

Plankton Power and RTDC announce proposed algae-to-biofuels pilot facility on Cape Cod

... solar energy, and unmanned aircraft for joint military and oceanographic research. The use of algae as a fuel has major potential and can be nurtured right on Cape Cod." Beginning in autumn 2010, Plankton Power expects to initiate pilot-scale operations to generate up to one million gallons of biod...

ADA releases position paper on food and water safety

...epresents the Association's official stance on food and water safety: It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that the public has the right to a safe food and water supply. The Association supports collaboration among food and nutrition professionals, academics, representatives of the agri...

Family planning a major environmental impact

...rn in the U.S., the study found. As the developing world increases both its population and consumption levels, this may change. "China and India right now are steadily increasing their carbon emissions and industrial development, and other developing nations may also continue to increase as they seek...

Antibody targeting of glioblastoma shows promise in preclinical tests, say Lombardi researchers

...ys was a major discovery. "You can have hundreds of different areas on a receptor protein where its ligand could theoretically bind. We found just the right one." They collaborated with ESBAtech in Switzerland who created a small single-chain antibody fragment in yeast that would itself bind to the swee...

Jet-propelled imaging for an ultrafast light source

...a millionth of a meter in diameter (one micrometer), faster than hundreds of thousands of times a second. The sample jet is designed to shoot droplets right through a pulsed beam of x-rays a billion times brighter than any ever created in a light source before. ASU postdoc Dan DePonte did most of the h...

Experimental treatment halts hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in newborns

...ebral palsy, have elevated levels of tPA and plasmin in their brains or cerebrospinal fluid. In human newborns, hypoxic brain injury usually occurs right before, during or shortly after birth, affecting two to four of every 1,000 births. The causes are mostly unknown, although some studies point to the ...

Fujitsu Expands Support for Ethernet Networks With New Additions to XG Switch Product Line

...ntended to create any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications. MEDIA CON...

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

...novotech™ Inc. will now allow doctors to more accurately identify the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections that are biofilm ...bioFILM PA™ shows how the test can provide guidance to doctors on the right antibiotics to treat infections in a biofilm state. In developing bioFI...

Nanodiamonds deliver insulin for wound healing

.... Ho led the research. "It's a tricky problem because proteins, even small ones like insulin, bind so well to the nanodiamonds. But, in this case, the right pH level effectively triggers the release of the insulin." A substantial amount of insulin can be loaded onto the nanodiamonds, which have a high s...

Carnegie Mellon team makes sequestration recommendations

... patchwork of different rules across the U.S. and a great deal of legal uncertainty," Morgan said. "We need a clear way for CCS projects to obtain the right to inject carbon dioxide into appropriate geological formations and a strategy for safely addressing long-term stewardship once an injection project e...

Scripps-led study shows ocean health plays vital role in coral reef recovery

... be barometers for global warming and are important for biodiversity in the world's oceans. Coral reefs thrive in warm tropical oceans under just the right conditions that include moderate temperatures and low nutrient and sediment input from land-based sources. Protecting reef health from local sources o...

$2 million grant aids study of lung cancer in people who never smoked

... The data will be funneled to a single repository, and the results will be integrated to find the most promising biomarkers. "What we're missing right now is sequencing the whole genome for each patient's specimens," Dr. Gazdar said. "We think that sequencing the whole genome is going to be crucial, ...

Iowa State University researchers develop process for 'surgical' genetic changes

...now, when scientists introduced DNA into plants, they would randomly inject that DNA into the plant cell. There was no way of knowing if it was in the right place or if it would work until many resulting plants were tested. The new technique harnesses a natural process called homologous recombination to ...

Fujitsu PalmSecure Certified Under International Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2

...ntended to create any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications. MEDIA C...

Hush little baby... Linking genes, brain and behavior in children

.... Conversely, infants with greater activity in the right half of the frontal cortex are temperamentally "ne...sion of the DRD4 gene who had more activity in the right frontal cortex were the least soothable and exhibi...n activity (that is, greater activation in left or right frontal cortex) may influence whether this gene is...
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