Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 12, 2001
Two routes to cell death in the diseased kidney
Stimulation by the ubiquitous cytokine TGF-b activates the transcription of numerous target genes and leads to an impressive range of biological effects.

Chemokine expression heightens antibacterial immunity
Macrophage-derived chemokine (MDC) acts preferentially on Th2 lymphocytes, promoting their migration and setting the stage for antigen-specific B cell responses.

Pre-Neandertal humans developed social skills earlier than thought
If your image of a Neandertal is of a crude, uncaring, brute, think again.

UT Southwestern to get powerful electron microscope
To focus at the molecular-level on the mechanics of human cells with a clarity rarely possible, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas will install a $1.6 million state-of-the-art electron microscope and related equipment, officials said today.

Look! No fillings
Imagine no more traumatic trips to the dentist. Teams of scientists in America and Britain are developing vaccines which could be given to toddlers to immunise against tooth decay.

New type of concrete helps prevent injuries in explosions, disasters
Most people don't think about the tons of concrete in the buildings and structures around them until disasters strike, such as yesterday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Patent for new wood composites technology assigned to UMaine
The University of Maine has received a patent for a new wood composites technology developed at the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center (AEWC) that promises to reduce the cost and increase the strength of building materials made with fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP).

Early drug therapy for recently infected HIV patients
New strategy targets population that currently does take medication for several years.

Cell transplantation - a new dawn for heart disease treatment
A new article published in Current Controlled Trials in Cardiovascular Medicine reviews the exciting new developments in cell transplantation as a treatment for heart disease.

Rethinking reverse cholesterol transport
The protective role of HDL, the so-called

Ancient black hole speeds through sun's galactic neighborhood, devouring companion star
Data from the Space Telescope Science Institute's Digital Sky Survey has played an important supporting role in helping radio and X-ray astronomers discover an ancient black hole speeding through the Sun's galactic neighborhood.

UCSF receives data requested from industry-sponsored study
University of California, San Francisco and Immune Response Corp. have agreed to terms for ending their arbitration, begun last fall.

Finding of key blood sugar controller could yield new diabetes drugs
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers have discovered the long-sought molecular

Pushbike peril
More than a third of all abdominal injuries in children are as a result of bicycle crashes - usually by falling onto the ends of the handlebars.
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