Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 27, 2007
U of M researchers discover fast-acting cyanide antidote
University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design and Minneapolis VA Medical Center researchers have discovered a new fast-acting antidote to cyanide poisoning.

There is powerful evidence of evolution in human DNA
Professor and research geneticist Daniel J. Fairbanks presents compelling DNA-based evidence of human evolution in his new book

Cone-Beam CT faster, potentially more accurate than conventional mammography
Cone-beam breast CT provides exceptional tissue contrast and can potentially reduce examination time with comparable radiation dose to conventional 2D mammography, according to a new study by a team of researchers from the University of Texas M.

Baumann lab identifies elusive telomere RNA subunit in single cell model
The Stowers Institute's Baumann Lab has identified the long-sought telomerase RNA gene in a single-cell research model.

Pourquié lab links beta-catenin gradient to process of somite formation
The Stowers Institute's Pourquié Lab has demonstrated the importance of Beta-catenin, a key component of the Wnt-signaling pathway in the process of somite formation.

Cell-death receptor links cancer susceptibility and inflammation
Researchers demonstrated for the first time a link between cell-death-inducing TRAIL's receptor and cancer susceptibility.

Human factors researchers test voting systems for seniors that can improve voting accuracy and speed
Human factors researchers at Florida State University have identified ways to improve electronic voting accuracy among older voters while also shortening waiting time at the polls.

Taxol with avastin produces noteworthy results
Treatment of breast cancer with Taxol and Avastin increased the period patients went without progression of their disease from 5.9 months to 11.8 months.

Copy number variation may stem from replication misstep
Genome rearrangements, resulting in variations in the numbers of copies of genes, occur when the cellular process that copies DNA during cell division stalls and then switches to a different genetic

New plant study reveals a 'deeply hidden' layer of the transcriptome
Cells keep a close watch over the transcriptome -- the totality of all parts of the genome that are expressed in any given cell at any given time.

In largest U.S. Hep C trial, researchers determine weight-based dosing is key to optimal treatment
As reported recently in the journal Hepatology, WIN-R, a multicenter study of over 5,000 patients with hepatitis C virus showed treatment with weight-based REBETOL® (ribavirin, USP) in combination with pegylated interferon alfa-2b achieved significantly higher rates of sustained virologic response and lower relapse rates compared to combination therapy using a flat dose of RBV 800 mg/day.

FOXO factor promotes survival of oxygen-deprived cancer cells
Scientists report that an evolutionarily conserved transcription factor may have both positive and negative effects on the growth of tumors, depending on whether or not the tumor cells have enough oxygen.

New research tools are too complex for easy answers, researchers say
Scientists who study cancer may be prone to drawing simplistic conclusions from the powerful molecular tools now available because they don't appreciate how complex the data is that is being generated, said a team of Georgetown University Medical Center researchers in the January issue of Nature Reviews Cancer.

Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, Jan. 6-9
Over 5,000 mathematicians will attend the annual meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Jan.

Deep-sea species' loss could lead to oceans' collapse, study suggests
The loss of deep-sea species poses a severe threat to the future of the oceans, suggests a new report publishing early online on Dec.

Subliminal messages can influence us in surprising ways
Flag waving is a metaphor for stirring up the public towards adopting a more nationalistic, generally hard-line stance.

Adult male chimpanzees don't stray far from the home
When it comes to choosing a place to live, male chimpanzees in the wild don't stray far from home, according to a new report in the Dec.

New drug targets may fight tuberculosis and other bacterial infections in novel way
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City say exciting new molecular targets -- so-called

Treating oft ignored non-cancer health issues after cancer diagnosis prolongs survival
Receiving treatment for non-cancer health issues while being treated by specialists for cancer improves cancer survival rates according to a study published in the Dec.

Study maps life in extreme environments
A team of biologists have developed a model mapping the control circuit governing a whole free living organism.

Housewives are more ecologically aware and recycle more than university students
Research carried out at the University of Granada reveals that housewives are more willing to separate glass from other garbage than students.

Overeating and obesity triggered by lack of BDNF
Neuroscience researchers demonstrate for the first time that brain-derived neurotrophic factor is an essential component of neural circuits which regulate body weight in adult mice and that its expression in two particular brain regions is required to suppress appetite.

Cardiac stem cell therapy closer to reality
The current issue of Cell Transplantation is devoted to the

NIEHS awards DISCOVER grants
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, is awarding a total of $6.8 million for the first year of funding to three new research centers called DISCOVER -- Disease Investigation Through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research.

American National Standards Institute approves ANSI/HFES 100-2007 Computer Workstation Standard
The American National Standards Institute has approved ANSI/HFES 100-2007, Human Factors Engineering of Computer Workstations, as a new American National Standard. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to