Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 20, 2008
90 billion tons of microbial organisms live in the deep biosphere
Biogeoscientists show evidence of 90 billion tons of microbial organisms -- expressed in terms of carbon mass -- living in the deep biosphere, in a research article published online by Nature, July 20, 2008.

Stem cell chicken and egg debate moves to unlikely arena: the testes
Logic says it has to be the niche. As air and water preceded life, so the niche, that hospitable environment that shelters adult stem cells in many tissues and provides factors necessary to keep them young and vital, must have emerged before its stem cell dependents.

Stanford study of dark-skinned mice leads to protein linked to bone marrow failure in humans
The study of dark-skinned mice has led to a surprising finding about a common protein involved in tumor suppression, report researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Discovery of a mechanism that regulates cell movement
A study by researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), in collaboration with the Instituto de Biología Molecular of CSIC, reveal a mechanism that controls the movement of cells in a tissue by regulating cell adhesion.

Class of antibiotics can enhance gene-silencing tool
The selective gene-silencing technique called RNA interference holds promise for medicine if it can be adapted to work in humans.

Pregnant mice block out unwelcome admirers to protect their pups
Mouse mothers-to-be have a remarkable way to protect their unborn pups.

The genetics of the white horse unraveled
The white horse is an icon for dignity which has had a huge impact on human culture across the world.

Massive greenhouse gases may be released as destruction, drying of world wetlands worsens: UN
Some 700 leading world scientists from 28 nations convene in Brazil July 21-25 amid growing concern that evaporation and ongoing destruction of world wetlands, which hold a volume of carbon similar to that in the atmosphere today, could cause them to exhale billows of greenhouse gases.

Video released of rapid Alzheimer's improvement after new immune-based treatment
New research into the treatment of Alzheimer's disease reports improvement in language abilities using a novel immune-based approach. 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