Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 24, 2005
Gene changes linked to deficient immune suppression in MS
Oregon Health & Science University researchers have found that multiple sclerosis patients have lower expression of the FOXP3 gene found in a subset of T-cells that may regulate defense against MS and other autoimmune diseases.

Protein synthesis can be controlled by light, opening way for new scientific, medical applications
Proteins are the puzzle-pieces of life, involved in how organisms grow and flourish, but studying their complex biological processes in living systems has been extremely difficult.

The Academy of Natural Sciences & team discover new catfish species
Dr. John Lundberg of The Academy of Natural Sciences and a team of researchers from Mexico and the U.S. have discovered a new, rarely seen species of catfish representing an entirely new taxonomic family.

Studies showcase superconductivity savvy at UH
Furthering superconductivity and related research, University of Houston students in science and engineering showcased their original research in a recent campus competition.

Jefferson neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists wrap radiation around spine for cancer pain relief
Using the most advanced radiation technology available in the region, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists at the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia have for the first time wrapped beams of radiation around a patient's spine, relieving pain from cancerous tumors while avoiding the spinal cord.

New guidelines: Common drugs can calm essential tremor
Specific drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure and seizures can be beneficial in reducing uncontrollable tremors.

New book highlights status of research into carbon nanotubes
Published by Springer and edited by scientists from Lehigh University and DuPont, the book explores nanotubes' potential applications in electronics, lasers and medicine and contains sections on theories and modeling, synthesis and characterization, optical spectroscopy, and transport and electromechanical applications.

Leading researchers to discuss latest treatments for mental illness in children and adolescents
Renowned experts in the fields of childhood and adolescent mental-health problems will gather next month to discuss new and effective treatments for a wide-range of mental illnesses affecting children and teens at the fourth Biennial Niagara Conference on Evidence Based Treatments for Childhood and Adolescent Health Problems.

New software changes wireless technology functions on demand
Taking wireless technology to the next level, NASA is leading the way in the field of Software Defined Radio, or SDR, a wireless technology that gives an electronic device the ability to quickly and easily perform new functions on demand.

Cebreros marks major readiness milestone
On 9 June, a powerful new 35-metre antenna, presently undergoing acceptance testing at Cebreros, Spain, successfully picked up signals and tracked Rosetta and SMART-1.

Moffitt-USF head toward first human trials of anti-cancer drug that targets protein AKT
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, working in partnership with the University of South Florida, has discovered a new use for an old, previously discredited anti-cancer drug that could add another weapon in the arsenal against several cancers, including tumors of the breast, ovary, colon, skin and prostate.

Enzyme's newly discovered role may make it target for arthritis treatment
Scientists have found a new role for a previously identified enzyme that may make it a target for anti-inflammatory treatments.

New food allergy research consortium focuses on peanut allergy
The only advice doctors can give to the 4 percent of Americans with potentially life-threatening food allergies is to avoid the culprit food, often nuts or shellfish.

'Apollo Program' for hydrogen energy needed, Stanford researcher says
What if all the vehicles now on the road in the United States were suddenly powered by hydrogen fuel cells?

1001 Hawaiian nights dedicated to the cool and the far away!
British astronomers today (June 24th) saw the first images from an ambitious new programme of discovery, the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS).

Building strength in computer science: A new study from AAAS
A new study from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has concluded that recruitment of

Antibiotics help combat dangerous tropical disease
An antibiotic which has long been used to fight infections of the respiratory tract and intestine also seems to be able to defeat the dangerous pathogens causing elephantiasis.
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