Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 14, 2007
How does the opioid system control pain, reward and addictive behavior?
Brigitte Kieffer presents at the 20th ECNP congress on Neuropsychopharmacology 2007, Vienna, Austria, exciting new methods that now allow to understand how molecules act in the brain and control behavior.

New method of selecting DNA for resequencing accelerates discovery of subtle DNA variations
A new technology developed by scientists at Emory University will allow researchers to more easily discover subtle and overlooked genetic variations that may have serious consequences for health and disease.

Microarray sequence capture speeds large-scale resequencing of targeted genomic regions
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Roche NimbleGen Inc.

Animal food allergens unmasked
The relatedness of an animal food protein to a human protein determines whether it can cause allergy, according to new research by scientists from the Institute of Food Research in Norwich and the Medical University of Vienna.

Study reveals a key to blood vessel growth and possible drug target
Researchers have identified a molecular pathway that plays a critical role in the growth of blood vessels.

Regulating embryonic stem cell self-renewal
In the Oct. 15 issue of G&D, Dr. Huck-Hui Ng and colleagues at the Genome Institute of Singapore identify two genes -- called Jmjd1a and Jmjd2c -- that regulate self-renewal in embryonic stem cells.

Genes may make some people more motivated to eat, perhaps overeat
Science has found one likely contributor to the way that some folks eat to live and others live to eat.

Humans perceive others' fear faster than other emotions
You may not be fully dressed without a smile, but a look of horror will make a faster first impression.

Computerized training of working memory is a promising therapeutic strategy in ADHD
ADHD is an increasingly frequent complex mental disorder in children with partly devastating consequences for the child's further development and the families.

Blood test takes step toward predicting Alzheimer's risk, Stanford researchers find
One of the most distressing aspects of Alzheimer's disease is the difficulty in determining whether mild memory problems are the beginning of an inevitable mental decline.

Genes that both extend life and protect against cancer identified
A person is 100 times more likely to get cancer at age 65 than at age 35.

Novel semiconductor structure bends light 'wrong' way -- the right direction for many applications
A Princeton-led research team has created an easy-to-produce material from the stuff of computer chips that has the rare ability to bend light in the opposite direction from all naturally occurring materials.

The endocannabinoids: Functional roles and therapeutic opportunities
Raphael Mechoulam -- also last year winner of the prestigious ECNP Neuropsychopharmacology Award in Clinical Science Research -- will tell the discovery story of the endocannabinoid system.

Combining new gene chips with fast-sequencing technology bring universal sequence a step closer
A new technique that combines gene chip technology with the latest generation of gene sequencing machines to allow fast and accurate sequencing of selected parts of the genome has been developed by researchers from the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and NimbleGen Systems Inc., a Wisconsin-based company recently purchased by Roche Applied Science.
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