Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 17, 2010
Researchers find new insights into inherited retinal disease
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have discovered new links between a common form of inherited blindness affecting children and a gene known as Abelson helper integration site-1 (AHI1).

Zebrafish behavior monitoring system could boost drug discovery: UBC-Harvard research
Researchers from the University of British Columbia and Harvard University have co-developed a system that captures on video and barcodes the behavioral responses of zebrafish to chemical compounds on a large scale.

New gene variants associated with glucose, insulin levels, some with diabetes risk
A major international study with leadership from Massachusetts General Hospital researchers has identified 10 new gene variants associated with blood sugar or insulin levels.

From biological basics to diabetes discovery
In two international studies of diabetes and glucose metabolism, researchers have found new genetic markers that affect risk of diabetes and glucose levels.

Low concentrations of oxygen and nutrients slowing biodegradation of Exxon Valdez oil
The combination of low concentrations of oxygen and nutrients in the lower layers of the beaches of Alaska's Prince William Sound is slowing the aerobic biodegradation of oil remaining from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, according to researchers at Temple University.

Organized chaos gets robots going
Even simple insects can generate quite different movement patterns with their six legs.

First successful use of expanded umbilical-cord blood units to treat leukemia
Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have cleared a major technical hurdle to making umbilical-cord-blood transplants a more widely used method for treating leukemia and other blood cancers.

Tying light in knots
The remarkable feat of tying light in knots has been achieved by a team of physicists working at the universities of Bristol, Glasgow and Southampton, UK, reports a paper in Nature Physics this week.

The seismic gap south of Istanbul
The chain of earthquakes along the North Anatolian fault shows a gap south of Istanbul.

Today's threat: Computer network terrorism
According to Dr. Levyatan, in today's world, the battlefield is not only comprised of tanks and planes, but also computer experts' and hackers' keyboards.

Newly identified genes influence insulin and glucose regulation
An international research consortium has found 13 new genetic variants that influence blood glucose regulation, insulin resistance, and the function of insulin-secreting beta cells in populations of European descent.
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