Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 21, 2005
Hide and seek: Researchers discover a new way for infectious bacteria to enter cells
French scientists have learned how Listeria monocytogenes, which causes a major food-borne illness, commandeers cellular transport machinery to invade cells and hide from the body's immune system.

Gene discovery sheds light on causes of rare disease, cancer
National Institute on Aging researchers have discovered a new gene, FANCM, which sheds light on an important pathway involved in the repair of damaged DNA.

Crisis in African fish supplies looms, experts warn Africa leaders
Calling fisheries critical for nourishing the poor and for helping Africa cope with the health, economic and social devastation of problems like HIV and AIDS, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the WorldFish Center and partners are making an urgent appeal to boost the continent's fish production and strengthen the contribution of fisheries to economic growth and food security.

Immune system finding paves way for vaccine use in some leukemia, lymphoma cancers
Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute have found that an experimental vaccine can prime the immune system to help fight an aggressive form of lymphoma, even though prior therapy had eliminated virtually all of the B cells thought necessary to mount such a defense.

Antidepressant paroxetine linked to higher rate of suicide attempts in adults
Adult patients taking the antidepressant drug paroxetine are at higher risk of attempting to commit suicide than those not taking medication.

New gene associated with Fanconi anemia 'explains' hallmark chromosomal instability
Surprising findings from just five patients has led to the first proof of how the rare disorder Fanconi anemia causes chromosomal instability.

Chimpanzees are social conformists
Research being published today (21 August) suggests that humans are not alone in wanting to conform and be like their neighbours but that chimpanzees also have an innate desire to be like everyone else.

Birth order does not affect risk of multiple sclerosis
Older siblings, who have an early birth-order position, do not have a higher risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) than their younger siblings, according to a study published online today (Monday August 22, 2005) by The Lancet Neurology.

Cultural norms not unique to human societies
Humans are not alone in their desire to conform to cultural norms, according to new study findings that confirm, for the first time, chimpanzees share the same conformist tendencies.
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