Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 11, 2005
Old drug shows new promise for Huntington's Disease
Clioquinol, an antibiotic that was banned for internal use in the United States in 1971 but is still used in topical applications, appears to block the genetic action of Huntington's disease in mice and in cell culture, according to a study reported by San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) researchers.

UCLA/NIH scientists block viruses from entering cells
First identified more than 20 years ago at UCLA, defensins are peptides naturally produced by the immune system to ward off viruses.

Rare eye-movement disorder may shed light on brain and cardiovascular development
Researchers have identified a rare genetic syndrome affecting eye movement -- affecting three distinct populations -- that raises intriguing questions about early cardiovascular and brain development.

Star death beacon at the edge of the universe
An Italian team of astronomers has observed the afterglow of a Gamma-Ray Burst that is the farthest known ever.

A 'translation factor' protein over-expressed in breast cancer cells might be an oncoprotein
The tissue-specific elongation factor eEF1A2 might be an oncoprotein involved in breast cancer.

Memory loss in older adults due to distractions, not inability to focus
For those 60 and over, memory lapses seem a given; an inevitable consequence of aging.
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