Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 14, 2004
World's largest population study on BRCA1/2
The world's largest population study into breast cancer genes published Monday 15 November helps reach consensus on link of BRCA 1 and 2 genes on cancer sites other than breast and ovary.

Genetic influences on taste perception of alcohol may influence alcohol intake
Genetic variation in taste influences the sensations from alcoholic beverages.

Jefferson scientists reveal how some types of rabies invade the brain
Virologists have found that certain elements of bat rabies virus make it more adept at invading the brain.

Prenatal alcohol exposure has effects far beyond fetal alcohol syndrome
Many children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) have an IQ of less than 70.

Researchers develop new ways to predict number of drug users
A team of researchers have developed a new method of predicting the number of drug users in the population by looking at the number of recorded overdose deaths among drug users.

Scientists advocate genomic sequencing of 'living fossil'
Researchers from Stanford University and the Benaroya Research Institute campaign in the journal Genome Research for the whole-genome sequencing of a

Stanford study reveals that cells linked to asthma and eczema also help cure deadly illness in mice
Mast cells are immune cells known mostly for their unwanted effects: they cause the wheezing of asthma, the itching of eczema, the sneezing and runny nose of hay fever and, in extreme cases, the life-threatening shock of anaphylaxis.

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) appears to modify elements of alcoholism
The brain's dopamine system is particularly vulnerable to activation by addictive substances.

Alcoholics can have deficits in visuoperception and frontal executive function despite sobriety
Detoxified alcoholics often have visuospatial and visuoperceptual deficits. Even with prolonged sobriety, alcoholics show deficits in visuoperception and frontal executive functions.
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