Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 14, 2006
Non-coding RNAs help silence the mammalian transcription
Dr. Shirley Tilghman and colleagues (Princeton University) lend new insight into the mechanism of genomic imprinting, demonstrating a necessary role for a non-coding RNA transcript in the silencing of an imprinted gene cluster in mice.

Factor isolated that regenerates nerve fibers
Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have discovered a naturally occurring, previously unrecognized growth factor that stimulates regeneration in injured optic nerves - raising the possibility of treating blindness due to optic-nerve damage and the hope of achieving similar regeneration elsewhere in the central nervous system (the spinal cord and brain).

OHSU researcher develops first animal model to treat devasting head and neck cancers
An Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute research laboratory has developed a novel mouse model designed specifically to study the often devastating head and neck squamous cell cancers.

Modeling head and neck cancers
In a report to be published in the May 15th issue of G&D, Dr.

Cardiovascular disease costs UK economy £29 billion a year
Cardiovascular disease costs the UK economy £29 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity, reveals research published ahead of print in the journal Heart.

Study shows frogs can play key role in stem cell research
It sounds like one of those curiosities which pops up in wildlife documentaries, but the African clawed frog could prove a powerful ally for scientists working in the key area of stem cell research.

Combining work and motherhood is good for women's health
Holding down a job and being a mum in a steady relationship helps keep women healthy and in good shape over the long term, suggests research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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