Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 21, 2007
Momentum building in Australian biotech
A report to be released tomorrow identifies signs of maturity in Australian biotechnology along with a continued need for early stage investment support.

MIT gel changes color on demand
MIT researchers have created a new structured gel that can rapidly change color in response to a variety of stimuli, including temperature, pressure, salt concentration and humidity.

Bloomberg receives award for promotion of public health in NYC and nation
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City has been named the 2007 recipient of the Julius B.

Major genetic breakthrough for ankylosing spondylitis brings treatment hope
Research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arthritis Research Campaign has identified two genes implicated in the disease ankylosing spondylitis, a common disease primarily causing back pain and progressive stiffness.

The accumulation of sugar in neurons may explain the origin of several neurodegenerative diseases
A phenomenon considered healthy for cells, such as the accumulation of long chains of glucose (glycogen), which tissues store for energy purposes, is harmful for neurons.

Consensus declaration on coral reef futures
The world has a narrow window of opportunity to save coral reefs from the destruction caused by extreme climate change, according to a statement issued today by over 50 leading Australian scientists.

Childhood epilepsy research offers new hope for seizure control
Scientists still do not know what causes epileptic seizures, but researchers from Melbourne's Howard Florey Institute are one step closer to solving this puzzle with the help of their newly developed genetically modified epileptic mouse.

UT rheumatologists discover 2 genes related to disabling form of arthritis
Work done in part by researchers at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston has led to the discovery of two genes that cause ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory and potentially disabling disease.

Study reveals 2 genes linked to disabling arthritis
An international team of researchers led by a Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center geneticist has discovered two genes linked to a disabling form of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis.
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