Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 22, 2006
New genomic tests guide choice of chemotherapy in cancer patients
Scientists at Duke University's Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy have developed a panel of genomic tests that analyzes the unique molecular traits of a cancerous tumor and determines which chemotherapy will most aggressively attack that patient's cancer.

Cogent co-founder Ming Hsieh makes record donation
University of Southern California engineering alumnus Ming Hsieh, who was born and raised in northern China and went on to found a California high-technology juggernaut, has donated $35 million to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

New lab mice pave way for novel studies of human infection
A new type of laboratory mouse developed at UT Southwestern Medical Center can fight certain infections the same way humans do, making the rodents very useful for novel studies of human-pathogen interaction and developing disease therapies.

Gene variation affects pain sensitivity and risk of chronic pain
A new NIH-funded study shows that a specific gene variant in humans affects both sensitivity to short-term (acute) pain in healthy volunteers and the risk of developing chronic pain after one kind of back surgery.

Orexigen reports positive phase II results for Excalia Combination-Therapy to treat obesity
OREXIGEN Therapeutics reported positive phase II results for Excalia Combination-Therapy to treat obesity.

Molecule discovered to be key to pain sensitivity
Sensitivity to pain and the risk of developing chronic pain appear to be influenced by a molecule known to be required for the production of major neurotransmitters.

Geological feature key to finding, protecting tombs
A 42-year-old method for finding water, monitoring pollution and helping with tunneling may also be a way to locate and protect tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and other burial sites in Egypt, according to Penn State researchers.
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