Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 09, 1997
Hopkins Researchers Identify Saethre-Chotzen Disease Gene
Johns Hopkins Children's Center scientists have identified TWIST as the disease gene causing Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, one of the most common genetic conditions with craniosynostosis, the early closure of the cranial sutures.

ORNL Microscope "Sees" Bumps That Reveal Partial DNA Structure
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing a new imaging approach as an alternative technology for DNA mapping by using an atomic force microscope to image a serpentine strand of DNA.

Scientists At Oregon Health Sciences University Discover How A Mutated Gene Causes Obesity In Mice
In 1994, scientists discovered the first mechanism by which a defect in a single gene could cause obesity in mice.

Studies Reveal Some Trees "Pine" For Greenhouse Gases, According To University Of Georgia Forester
The steady warming of the Earth's atmosphere, along with increased concentrations of carbon dioxide, could one day bring cataclysmic changes to the planet, some scientists believe.

Immune Response To HIV Predicts Disease Progression
Certain patterns of immune responses to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the first weeks of infection are highly predictive of an individual's subsequent rate of disease progression, according to investigators at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and their colleagues.
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