Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 18, 2007
A novel way found to prevent protein plaques implicated in Alzheimer's
For unknown reasons a protein called amyloid beta aggregates into toxic plaques in the brain, killing neurons.

Protein suppresses allergic response in mice
A protein in mice known as RGS13 suppresses allergic reactions, including the severe, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, according to scientists at NIAID.

First study of Australia's high cost of pain reveals $34 billion price tag
For the first time, a dollar value has been attached to the high cost of pain in Australia in an MBF Foundation funded study that reveals a massive annual cost of $34.3 billion -- nearly $11,000 for each of the estimated 3.2 million people grappling with pain.

Grisly court evidence makes juries more likely to convict
Jurors presented with gruesome evidence, such as descriptions or images of torture and mutilation, are up to five times more likely to convict a defendant than jurors not privy to such evidence, research reveals.

MIT: 'Micro' livers could aid drug screening
MIT researchers have devised a novel way to create tiny colonies of living human liver cells that model the full-sized organ.

Philanthropist Denny Sanford donates $20 million for pediatric research
South Dakota philanthropist Denny Sanford will donate $20 million for the creation of the Sanford Children's Health Research Center.

Immune system can drive cancers into dormant state
A multinational team of researchers has shown for the first time that the immune system can stop the growth of a cancerous tumor without actually killing it.

'Noah's flood' kick-started European farming
The flood believed to be behind the Noah's Ark myth kick-started European agriculture.
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