Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 03, 1996
What Makes Tics Tick? Clues Found In Tourette Twins' Caudates
For the first time, scientists have a neurobiological explanation for the variation in severity of tics in Tourette Syndrome.

Gene Associated With Alzheimer's Disease Can Protect Brain Cells
A protein made by a gene called apolipoprotein E (apoE) protects cultured nerve cells from the damaging effects of a form of oxygen molecules known to contribute to Alzheimer's disease, report scientists from The Rockefeller University.

UT Southwestern researchers identify important bone cancer gene
The discovery of a gene associated with a rare bone disorder, hereditary multiple exostoses, presents researchers with a host of questions about the gene and its possible role as a tumor suppressor.

International Research Group Locates New Gene Linked To Type 2 Diabetes
Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) affects more than 10 million people worldwide.

Ocean Sediments Contain Record of Past Vegetation Fires in Africa
Ocean sediments contain a record of past vegetation fires, called biomass burning by scientists -- and this record shows much more past burning, at least in Africa during the Pleistocene era, than researchers expected
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