Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 27, 2008
Leroy Hood to receive 2008 Pittcon Heritage Award
The Chemical Heritage Foundation announced that Leroy Hood will receive the seventh annual Pittcon Heritage Award.

A major step toward a more targeted treatment for auto-immune diseases?
More and more people in Western society are suffering from auto-immune diseases.

Mitochondrial 'bottleneck' cracked
Scientists have shown for the first time how a particular family of diseases are passed down from mother to child and how this can lead to the severity of the disease differing widely.

Modified Atkins diet can cut epileptic seizures in adults
A modified version of a popular high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet can significantly cut the number of seizures in adults with epilepsy, a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests.

Notch-ing glucose into place
A novel gene called rumi regulates Notch signaling by adding a glucose molecule to the part of the Notch protein that extends outside a cell, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Stony Brook University in New York in a report that appears today in the journal Cell.

'Generalist bacteria' discovered in coastal waters may be more flexible than known before
New research led by a marine microbial ecologist at the University of Georgia is showing for the first time that the roles played by bacteria in coastal waters aren't nearly as specific as some scientists suspected.

Making (accurate predictions of) waves
Researchers evaluated all known potential tsunami-generating sources in the Indian Ocean basin, and then calculated the impact of the waves they can generate.

In silico modeling helps predict severity of mitochondrial disease
A team of researchers in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States has revealed how mitochondrial diseases are passed from the mother to the next generation in a mouse model system.

Whirligig beetle gets rock 'n' roll legendary name
An unusual new species of whirligig beetle from India is being named Orectochilus orbisonorum in honor of the late rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and his widow Barbara.

Heritage Day 2008
A day-long event with several major awards in chemistry: Othmer Gold Medal; American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal; Winthrop-Sears Award; Bolte Award for Supporting Industries.
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