Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 02, 2008
Nanomedicine system engineered to enhance therapeutic effects of injectable drugs
In an article featured on the cover of the March issue of Nature Nanotechnology, Mauro Ferrari, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston presented a proof-of-concept study on a new multistage delivery system for imaging and therapeutic applications.

Adult stem cell changes underlie rare genetic disease associated with accelerated aging
Adult stem cells may provide an explanation for the cause of a Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, a rare disease that causes premature aging in children.

Scientists uncover further steps leading to celiac disease
Scientists who last year identified a new genetic risk factor for coeliac disease, have, following continued research, discovered an additional seven gene regions implicated in causing the condition.

Species explorers ask: What's on Your planet?
To bring attention to cybertaxonomy and to celebrate the founding of the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University, a symposium and inaugural Linnaean Legacy Lecture is set for March 3 on ASU's Tempe campus.

Ski tourism stressing capercaillie
Ski tourism is raising stress levels among capercaillie, which could harm the birds' fitness and ability to breed successfully, ecologists have found.

HIV breakthrough: Researchers identify protein that fights immunodeficiency
A Canada-US research team has solved a major genetic mystery: How a protein in some people's DNA guards them against killer immune diseases such as HIV.

Aromatherapy may make you feel good, but it won't make you well
One of the most comprehensive investigations done to date on aromatherapy failed to show any improvement in either immune status, wound healing or pain control among people exposed to two often-touted scents.

Short RNA strand helps exposed skin cells protect body from bacteria, dehydration and even cancer
Exposed skin cells weather conditions harsh enough to mutate DNA.

USC researchers discover novel way to develop tumor vaccines
Researchers at the University of Southern California have uncovered a new way to develop more effective tumor vaccines by turning off the suppression function of regulatory T cells.
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