Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 21, 2002
Angry young men prone to premature heart disease
Young men who quickly react to stress with anger are at three times the normal risk of developing premature heart disease, according to a Johns Hopkins study of more than 1,000 physicians.

Scientists identify DNA flanking region as trigger for genetic instability
Scientists at The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto have shown that the DNA flanking region in a family of neurological disorders is triggering the genetic mutation that underlies these diseases.

Study suggests mechanism for heart defect that kills young athletes
The most common cause of sudden death in young athletes - a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - can develop from a single genetic mutation that disrupts at least two other genes, interfering with the normal beating of the heart, UCSF-led research suggests.

Defects in 'orphan' inositol polyphosphates may be linked to manic depression, cancer
Researchers discuss defects in phosphatases resulting in human diseases such as cancer and they describe the decoding mechanism that offers new approaches to therapy.

Scientists discuss microbial pathogenesis in era of bioterrorism, drug resistance
Researchers discuss five cutting edge approaches to how pathogens get into the cell and cause their damage, and what science can do about it.

UIC tests prostate cancer vaccine
A University of Illinois at Chicago researcher has developed and is now clinically testing a vaccine that boosts the body's own immune system in an effort to cure prostate cancer.

Peripheral 'Swatch' watches are a powerful force in body's circadian rhythms
The daily rhythms of the body appear to be driven to a remarkable degree by tiny timepieces pocketed in organs all over the body.

Livermore lab physicist to theorize on hydrogen's equation of state in Jupiter
Through laser experiments, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicists determined that deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, turns into a metal at a higher density than research performed at Sandia National Laboratory.

Adenovirus genes that thwart apoptosis pathways may promote viral latency
Scientists from Emory University are studying the specific genetic mechanisms that allow adenoviruses to establish a persistent, latent infection in individuals that lasts for years after the initial illness has cleared.
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