Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 17, 2007
Potent possibilities for parasite attack
A comparison of three parasite species that cause Leishmaniasis has identified a small number of genes, many new to biology, that will provide a framework to target the search for new treatments.

Mutating the entire genome
Genes account for only 2.5 percent of DNA in the human genetic blueprint, yet diseases can result not only from mutant genes, but from mutations of other DNA that controls genes.

CSIRO wins another round in US WLAN court case
Australia's leading scientific R&D agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, has won an injuction in a US court which prevents Buffalo-group companies infringing CSIRO's patent on its wireless local area network (WLAN) technology.

Alzheimer's-associated enzyme can disrupt neural activity in the brain
An enzyme involved in the formation of the amyloid-beta protein associated with Alzheimer's disease can also alter the mechanism by which signals are transmitted between brain cells, the disruption of which can cause seizures.

Blood-brain barrier breached by new therapeutic strategy
A major obstacle in the treatment of infections and other diseases of the brain is the blood-brain barrier, which prevents systemically delivered therapeutic drugs from reaching the brain.
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