Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 22, 2009
Scientists identify human monoclonal antibodies effective against bird and seasonal flu viruses
Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Burnham Institute for Medical Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified human monoclonal antibodies that neutralize an unprecedented range of influenza A viruses, including avian influenza A virus, previous pandemic influenza viruses, and some seasonal influenza viruses.

Secrets behind high temperature superconductors revealed
Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Fribourg have found evidence that magnetism is involved in the mechanism behind high temperature superconductivity.

Calculating gene and protein connections in a Parkinson's disease model
Researchers have created an algorithm that meshes existing data to produce a clearer step-by-step flow chart of how cells respond to stimuli.

Scientists mine drugs database for new diabetes treatment
Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have harnessed a new drug discovery tool to identify a new player in the body's insulin secretion process.

NC State study finds genes important to sleep
A new study by scientists at North Carolina State University shows that the fruit fly is genetically wired to sleep, although the sleep comes in widely variable amounts and patterns.

Safer nanoparticles spotlight tumors, deliver drugs
Nanoparticles promise to illuminate tiny tumors and precisely deliver drugs, but many worry about the safety of nano-scale materials.

Scientists identify lab-made proteins that neutralize multiple strains of seasonal and pandemic flu
Scientists have identified a small family of lab-made proteins that neutralize a broad range of influenza A viruses, including the H5N1 avian virus, the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and seasonal H1N1 flu viruses.

Arsenic and old toenails
New research highlights environmental exposure to toxin.

New clues to healing arthritis caused by traumatic injury
A strain of laboratory mice that has

Atmospheric scientists trace the human role in Indonesian forest fires
Severe fires in Indonesia -- responsible for some of the worst air quality conditions worldwide -- are linked not only to drought, but also to changes in land use and population density, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience led by Robert Field of the University of Toronto.

Rett Syndrome Research Trust advisor makes significant discovery
A paper published online today in Nature Neuroscience reveals the presence of methyl CpG binding protein 2 in glia.

Scientists identify human monoclonal antibodies effective against bird, seasonal flu viruses
Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported the identification of human monoclonal antibodies that neutralize an unprecedented range of influenza A viruses, including avian influenza A virus, previous pandemic influenza viruses, and some seasonal influenza viruses.

The high risk of epilepsy in children and young adults lasts years after traumatic brain injury
The high risk of epilepsy after brain injury lasts more than a decade after the injury took place.

'Experiment of nature' examines how mother's diet may impact on child's health
Could our mother's diet at the time we are conceived set the course for our future health?
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