Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 06, 2010
Scientists begin to unravel causes of mysterious skin disease
Vitiligo -- a complex disease that typically causes patches of white skin on the face, neck and extremities, which pop star Michael Jackson may have experienced -- is associated with slight variations in genes that play a role in the body's natural defenses.

'Remote control' for cholesterol regulation discovered in brain
Circulation of cholesterol is regulated in the brain by the hunger-signaling hormone ghrelin, researchers say.

Chester A. Mathis receives SNM's 2010 Aebersold Award
Chester A. Mathis, Ph.D., director of the PET facility in the department of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named as this year's recipient of the prestigious Paul C.

Experimental targeted therapy shows early promise against medulloblastomas
Researchers from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology the findings of a pediatric brain tumor study using an experimental drug that targets the underlying genetic makeup of the tumor.

New treatment regimen shown effective against advanced ovarian cancer
Newly reported results from a major clinical trial show that adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to standard frontline chemotherapy for women with advanced ovarian cancer and then continuing a maintenance dose of the drug afterwards significantly extends progression-free survival.

Scientists discover ancient viral invasion that shaped human genome
Scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore, a biomedical research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, and their colleagues from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Princeton University have recently discovered that viruses that

A new approach to finding and removing defects in graphene
In a paper in Nature Chemistry, Vivek Shenoy and colleagues pinpointed noncarbon atoms that create defects when graphene is produced through a technique called graphene-oxide reduction.

Bengt Roland Långström receives SNM's 2010 Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award
Bengt Roland Långström, Ph.D., a professor in the department of biochemistry and organic chemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden, has been named as this year's recipient of the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for his contributions to the nuclear medicine profession. 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