Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 02, 2005
New immune cell found to be a key to inflammatory diseases
The molecular roots of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as asthma, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis (MS) have been discovered by a team of researchers led by The University of Texas M.

Microarray technology for tailoring breast cancer therapy
A team of researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, analysed the gene expression profiles of 159 breast cancer patients using DNA microarray analysis.

Leading lampreys to slaughter: Pheromone for scourge of Great Lakes identified
Researchers have identified the pheromone that attracts lampreys to spawning streams.

Health experts urge counseling patients about dangers of second-hand smoke
Three researchers who study behavior-based means of cutting the risks of tobacco use have made a case for counseling patients about the health risks of exposure to secondhand smoke when they're asked about direct tobacco use.

Fitting in: Newly evolved genes adopt a variety of strategies to remain in the gene pool
To determine the basis for the persistence of functional gene duplicates in the genome, scientists have collaborated on the largest systematic analysis of duplicated gene function to date.

Jefferson scientists identify gene defect leading to abnormal skin development and cancer
Researchers at Jefferson Medical College and at the Wadsworth Center in New York have identified a gene defect in mice resulting in a range of abnormalities, from cyclical hair loss and skin cancer to severe problems in normal skin development.

Microarray technology could help predict patient response to adjuvant therapy for breast cancer
Microarray technology could be used to tailor therapy according to the individual, and prevent breast cancer patients from having to undergo painful unsuccessful therapies.

Study offers clues to origins of autoimmunity
Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center have discovered a mechanism in the body that could lead to autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes.
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