Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 10, 2006
Regulating the nuclear architecture of the cell
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered two molecular pathways that regulate the organization of heterochromatin, the nucleolus, and other features of nuclear architecture that maintain genome stability in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

ANDE risk reduction flight launched on space shuttle Discovery
A pair of microsatellites developed by Naval Research Laboratory scientists and engineers for the Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment Risk Reduction mission launched Saturday, Dec.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center collaborating to find new tools to fight leukemia
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, working in collaboration with Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, presented evidence Sunday that a novel regimen of three chemotherapy drugs, pentostatin, cyclophosphamide and rituximab, resulted in significant clinical response in patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Cancer immunoresistance linked to loss of tumor suppressor gene
Cancer immunoresistance may be partially due to loss of a well-known tumor suppressor gene, according to new research led by Andrew T.

Family and friends set the speedo
If your family and friends approve of speeding, then chances are you are more likely to plant your foot on the accelerator, a study by Queensland University of Technology has found.

Extreme life, marine style highlights 2006 ocean census
Frontiers of marine knowledge were extended by the Census of Marine Life in 2006, highlights of which include life adapted to brutal conditions around 407ÂșC fluids spewing from a seafloor vent (the hottest ever discovered), a mighty microbe 1 cm in diameter, mysterious 1.8 kg (4 pounds) lobsters off the Madagascar coast, a US school of fish the size of Manhattan Island and more unfamiliar than familiar species turned up beneath 700 meters of Antarctic ice.

Pittsburgh-based team engineers muscle, bone cell differentiation with aid of ink-jet printer
A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh has created and used an innovative ink-jet system to print

Genetic map offers new tool for malaria research
An international research team has created a genome-wide map that charts the genetic variability of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

New study shows epidural during birth may negatively affect breastfeeding
Epidurals given during labour and birth are associated with decreased rates of breastfeeding, both in the short and long term.

NIAID media availability: Examining genetic variability of malaria parasite offers insight
Back-to-back papers published online this week in Nature Genetics reveal important new details about the genetic variability of the malaria parasite and provide new clues for how it causes disease.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center -- individualizing treatment for multiple myeloma patients
Researchers at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, in cooperation with industry partners, have, for the first time, identified tumor specific alterations in the cellular pathway by which the multiple myeloma drug bortezomib (Velcade) works, and they have identified nine new genetic mutations in cancer cells that should increase a patient's chance of responding to the agent.

World-class Biomedical Research Center to be in West London
An international team of experts has judged the biomedical research conducted at The Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, St Mary's NHS Trust and Imperial College London to be amongst the very best in the country.
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