Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 23, 2004
Visualizing the end of the human genome
Scientists have glimpsed the three-dimensional structure of a protein that protects the ends of human chromosomes, a function that is essential for normal cell division and survival.

FDA grants accelerated approval of TYSABRI, formerly antegren, for the treatment of MS
Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) and Elan Corporation, plc (NYSE: ELN) announced today that the U.S.

HIV research project scoops innovation prize
Research that could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of HIV has scooped a University of Manchester scientist a prestigious industry award.

News tips from The Journal Of Neuroscience
In this issue, Gabel et al. report that FMRP expression is dynamically regulated in vivo in dark-reared, light-exposed rats.

Female condoms overlooked in fight against spread of HIV/AIDS
Condoms are traditionally seen by reproductive health care workers as second-rate methods of barrier control against pregnancy, and so are not as strongly promoted as they should be for protection against HIV/AIDS.

Precocious supermassive black holes challenge theories
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has obtained definitive evidence that a distant quasar formed less than a billion years after the big bang contains a fully-grown supermassive black hole generating energy at the rate of 20 trillion suns.

Obesity appears to be modifiable risk factor for atrial fibrillation
New research indicates that being obese could increase a person's risk for atrial fibrillation, the most common irregular heart rhythm, by 50 percent, according to a study in the November 24 issue of JAMA.

Injured whooping crane recovering at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
A whooping crane that was shot earlier this month in Kansas is showing signs of recovery, although the veterinarian treating the bird at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md., says it's too soon to know whether it will be able to return to the wild.

Decline in cardiovascular disease reported in patients with diabetes
Adults with diabetes have experienced a 50 percent decline in the incidence rate for cardiovascular disease events in recent decades, according to a report in the November 24 issue of JAMA.

Testosterone improves women's sex lives
A recently published dissertation from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that testosterone has both a physiological and a psychological impact on women's sexuality.

Hold the stuffing: Low-glycemic diet may help keep weight off
Preliminary data in the November 24 JAMA suggest that dieters may lose more weight when they seek to reduce glycemic load -- the amount their blood glucose rises after a meal -- rather than limit fat intake.

What colour is that sound?
Imagine seeing or tasting sounds, as well as hearing them.

Purdue researchers align nanotubes to improve artificial joints
Researchers at Purdue University have shown that artificial joints might be improved by making the implants out of tiny carbon tubes and filaments that are all aligned in the same direction, and findings were presented at two recent meetings.

Low-glycemic load diet may improve ability to stay on diet longer
Low-glycemic load diets, those low in sugars with moderate levels of carbohydrates and not as low in fat and protein, may lower metabolism less when compared with low-fat diets, making the dieters feel less tired, cold and hungry, as well as improve cardiovascular risk factors, according to an article in the Nov.

Study finds mental health needs of older adults substantially underserved
Individuals aged 65 and older are unlikely to receive needed mental health treatment in the United States, according to a recent national study by researchers at Texas A&M University.

Researcher breaks down cholesterol mystery
A nutritional scientist at the University of Alberta believes that chylomicrons, metabolized balls of fat and cholesterol that enter the blood stream after a meal, are the key to understanding why some people with low LDL cholesterol are still vulnerable to suffering a heart attack or stroke.

More muscle means better regulation of blood pressure, study finds
People with more muscle than fat have increased ability to regulate their blood pressure in response to stress, according to a Medical College of Georgia study.

Rutgers-developed biomaterial drives a technology transfer story toward success
The New Jersey Center for Biomaterials has generated what it hopes to be the beginning of a technology transfer success story that originated through the work of Rutgers University Professor Joachim Kohn in his search for improved biomaterials.

New decision software hailed 'internationally leading'
A new computer programme that can help make intelligent judgements is set to advance the way we make decisions.

Genetic discovery paves way to decode sense of smell in mammals
Duke University Medical Center geneticists have discovered new proteins that help the olfactory system in mammals organize properly.

Stem cells' repair skills might be link to cancer
Johns Hopkins researchers say there is growing evidence that stem cells gone awry in their efforts to repair tissue damage could help explain why long-term irritation, such as from alcohol or heartburn, can create a breeding ground for certain cancers.

Studies in Royal Society journals include stress in birds and depletion of medieval fish stocks
Studies in Royal Society journals this week include chronic stress in songbirds, depletion of medieval fish stocks and temperature dependent sex raios shown in birds for first time.

Scientists achieve self-assembly of spider silk fiber in insect cells
For the first time anywhere, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and from Germany have succeeded in producing self-assembled spider web fibers under laboratory conditions, outside of the bodies of spiders.

Pharmacists want role in drug importation, study shows
Many pharmacists aren't opposed to importing drugs to lower patients' costs as long as pharmacists have a role in ensuring safety and efficacy, says a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan.

Researchers probe marine mysteries off the Alaskan coast
A voyage to investigate the causes of one of the most devastating tsunamis in United States history has uncovered new mysteries about biological and geological processes off Alaska.

Successful Huygens test: last before separation
ESA's Huygens probe, now orbiting Saturn on board the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft, is in good health and successfully passed its sixteenth 'In-Flight Checkout' on 23 November 2004.

Federal funds given for regenerative medicine center
Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and University Hospitals of Cleveland have been awarded $4.5 million in seed funding to establish the National Center for Regenerative Medicine as part of the omnibus appropriation bill approved by Congress.

How the battle of Waterloo could help doctors fight death from multiple organ failure
Waterloo's battlefield is reigniting the debate about whether modern medicine is always good for you, according to University College London (UCL) scientists who are launching a study of why some critically ill patients recover and others die from multiple organ failure - the number one killer of patients in intensive care.

UGA researchers explain recent decline in Georgia's blue crab population
Two researchers at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah have offered an explanation for the recent decline in Georgia's blue crab population that has devastated one of the state's most important coastal fisheries.

Livestock grazing study finds moderate grazing beneficial to Great Basin plant communities
Livestock grazing advocates may have new ammunition in the dispute over the long terms effects of livestock grazing.

Study documents decline in rare paralytic disorder linked to influenza vaccination
The number of reported cases of Gillain-Barre syndrome (a rare paralytic disorder) that occur following influenza vaccination has decreased over the past 12 years, according to a study in the November 24 issue of JAMA.

Miniature generator has enough juice to power mobile electronics
A new microgenerator developed at Georgia Tech can now produce enough power to run a small electronic device, like a cell phone, and may soon be able to power a laptop.

University of Manchester uses crystals to help battle deadly diseases
A groundbreaking technique developed at The University of Manchester, which uses crystals to map 'invisible' parts of molecules, is set to revolutionise drug discovery.

Peripheral timekeeping: Mammalian cells outside the brain have their own circadian clocks
Researchers have discovered that individual fibroblast cells contain independent, self-sustaining circadian (ca. 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