Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 12, 2009
New alternative to biopsy detects subtle changes in cancer cells, Stanford study shows
A drop of blood or a chunk of tissue smaller than the period at the end of this sentence may one day be all that is necessary to diagnose cancers and assess their response to treatment, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Active optical clock
The active optical clock, a bad cavity laser based on narrow atomic clock transition with gain atoms at free-perturbation experimental environment, will break the narrowest linewidth record of the state-of-the-art optical clock.

For cancer cells, genetics alone is poor indicator for drug response
Researchers have discovered that the genetic identity of a tumor cell is an incomplete predictor for how it will respond to certain treatments.

UCSF team closer to creating safe embryonic-like stem cells
A team of UCSF researchers has for the first time used tiny molecules called microRNAs to help turn adult mouse cells back to their embryonic state.

New insights into progressive hearing loss
In parallel studies in human and mouse, two groups of researchers have come to the same conclusion: that a new kind of gene is associated with progressive hearing loss.
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