Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 14, 2002
Beth Israel Deaconess study documents outstanding surgical outcomes for diabetes patients
Contrary to the long-held belief that surgery poses a significant danger to patients with diabetes mellitus, a 10-year study of more than 6,500 patients from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has shown a mortality rate of only 1 percent among diabetes patients undergoing major vascular operations.

Brain undergoes gains and losses in cognitive abilities during adolescence
The transition from childhood to adulthood means we gain some cognitive abilities, but lose others, according to a scientific paper presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Denver, April 13-20.

Neural stem cells can develop into functional neurons
HHMI researchers have found that neural stem cells isolated from the brains of adult rats can mature into functional neurons that make normal connections with neighboring neurons and are electrically active.

Scientists unravel complicated genetic disease in one fell swoop
Scientists consider themselves lucky when an inherited disease is due to a single gene, like Huntington disease, for example.

Scientists devise new 'gene silencing' strategy: Genome, biomedical research expected to flourish
Treatments for cancer, AIDS and other diseases may lie in scraps of hairpin-shaped RNA.

New gene-silencing enzyme discovered: Implications seen for treating aggressive cancers
Researchers at The Wistar Institute report the identification of a new enzyme that is required for the silencing of certain genes. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to