Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 26, 2006
Experts: Expanding biotechnology research in developing countries key to countering bioterrorism
In a report released Feb. 27, DNA for Peace: Reconciling Biodevelopment and Biosecurity, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) calls for a global network of scientists to both promote biotechnology research to fight disease, hunger and poverty, especially in the developing world, and to keep vigil against the misuse of biological science.

Diabetes researchers pioneer islet cell xenotransplantation in primate studies
A team of researchers from the University of Alberta, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University and the Emory Transplant Center has successfully transplanted insulin-producing neonatal porcine islet cells into monkeys, a procedure the researchers say represents a promising intermediate solution to the critical supply problem in clinical islet cell transplantation.

Neural transplants provide persistent benefit in patients with Huntington's disease
Neuronal transplantation in Huntington's disease provides a period of improvement and stability of several years, according to an article published online today (Monday February 27, 2006) by The Lancet Neurology.

You will remember this
Scientists can now predict memory of an event before it even happens.

Mystery solved: Gold's power against autoimmune diseases defined
Gold compounds have been used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases for more than 75 years, but until now, how the metals work has been a mystery.

Study implicates potassium channel mutations in neurodegeneration and mental retardation
For the first time, researchers have linked mutations in a gene that regulates how potassium enters cells to a neurodegenerative disease and to another disorder that causes mental retardation and coordination problems.

Over 50 percent of patients with circulatory disorders still smoke - lack of counselling to blame
Over half of smokers who have had at least one circulatory disorder continue to smoke.

Animal models show that anabolic steroids flip the adolescent brain's switch for aggression
Anabolic steroids not only make teens more aggressive, but may keep them that way into young adulthood.
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