Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 21, 2007
Activation of brain region predicts altruism
Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered that activation of a particular brain region predicts whether people tend to be selfish or altruistic.

Cracking open the black box of autoimmune disease
Researchers identify the gene control circuitry that enables the body to prevent a wide range of autoimmune diseases.

Does endurance exercise promote life-threatening changes in athletes' hearts?
Some high-level athletes who take part in endurance sports can develop a rare but life-threatening condition called ventricular arrhythmia (VA).

Baby fish 'smell their way home'
Marine scientists working on Australia's Great Barrier Reef have uncovered evidence that baby fish, only millimeters long, manage to find their way to their home coral reef across miles of open sea by using their sense of smell.

Novel computed imaging technique uses blurry images to enhance view
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a novel computational image-forming technique for optical microscopy that can produce crisp, three-dimensional images from blurry, out-of-focus data.

Common blood pressure drug treats muscular dystrophy in mice
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a drug commonly used to lower blood pressure reverses muscle wasting in genetically engineered mice with Marfan syndrome and also prevents muscle degeneration in mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

'Quiet revolution' may herald new RNA therapeutics
Scientists at the University of Oxford have identified a surprising way of switching off a gene involved in cell division.
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