Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 28, 2010
Glue, fly, glue
Like silkworm moths, butterflies and spiders, caddisfly larvae spin silk, but they do so underwater instead on dry land.

Study: Gene therapy reverses effects of lethal childhood muscle disorder in mice
Reversing a protein deficiency through gene therapy can correct motor function, restore nerve signals and improve survival in mice that serve as a model for the lethal childhood disorder spinal muscular atrophy, new research shows.

Beewolves protect their offspring with antibiotics
Beewolves house beneficial bacteria on their cocoons that guarantee protection against harmful microorganisms.

New technique allows study of protein folding, dynamics in living cells
A new technique to study protein dynamics in living cells has been created by a team of University of Illinois scientists, and evidence yielded from the new method indicates that an in vivo environment strongly modulates a protein's stability and folding rate.

Neuroimaging technique shows potential of bapineuzumab treatment and might be useful in assessing other drugs for Alzheimer's disease
A neuroimaging technique known as C-PiB PET shows that a new investigational drug, bapineuzumab, reduces amyloid-B deposits in the brain by about 25 percent compared with placebo in patients who have mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Pinpointing immune system disturbances in celiac disease
New research has identified four aspects of immune system disturbance which lead to the development of celiac disease.

News tips from the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
The following studies will be presented at the 2010 AAAAI Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La.

Root or shoot
The first order of business for any fledgling plant embryo is to determine which end grows the shoot and which end puts down roots.

Injecting drug users have poor access to HIV services
The provision of HIV prevention services for injecting drug users, which is essential to contain the spread of HIV, is inadequate in most countries around the world and presents a critical public health problem, according to an article published online first in the Lancet.
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