Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 16, 2008
Researchers discover second depth-perception method in brain
It's common knowledge that humans and other animals are able to visually judge depth because we have two eyes and the brain compares the images from each.

Cancer detected earlier, faster, with new medical imaging, Stanford study finds
Doctors may one day be able to detect early stages of colon cancer without a biopsy, using a new technique developed by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Scientists shine new light on inflammatory diseases
Investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery have identified a new mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

UT-ORNL and UCSD researchers find promise in HIV 'switch'
If the battle against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is a chess match, then new research published today gives new insight into one of the virus' most important moves.

Investigational drug tested for preventing muscle fiber death in muscular dystrophy
An investigational antiviral drug currently undergoing human trials in Europe for treating hepatitis C infections may have potential to reduce muscle cell damage in Duchenne and other forms of muscular dystrophy.

People with Job's syndrome lack specific immune cells
Scientists have made another major breakthrough -- the second in the past year -- in understanding a rare immune disorder called Job's syndrome.

Scientists identify new leads for treating parasitic worm disease
A research team supported by the National Institutes of Health Roadmap and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has identified chemical compounds that hold promise as potential therapies for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide.

Biotechnology needs 21st century patent system: Expert
Biotechnology discoveries -- like the method for creating synthetic life forms -- are at risk of being unduly hindered or taken hostage by private corporations unless patent systems are brought into the 21st century, an expert from The Australian National University argues.

Blood vessel protein reverses macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy in mice
Two major eye diseases and leading causes of blindness -- age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy -- can be reversed or even prevented by drugs that activate a protein found in blood vessel cells, researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine and several other institutions have announced in a new study.

Insight into HIV's 'on-off' switch shows promise for therapy, understanding cellular decisions
Finding shows promise as an avenue for HIV therapy.
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