Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 11, 2010
CSHL researchers demonstrate efficacy of antisense therapy for spinal muscular atrophy
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and California-based Isis Pharmaceuticals have succeeded in reversing symptoms of type III SMA, a relatively mild form of spinal muscular atrophy, in mice by introducing chemically modified RNA pieces called ASOs into their spinal cords.

Mexican salamander helps uncover mysteries of stem cells and evolution
Dr. Andrew Johnson is speaking today at the UK National Stem Cell Network annual conference.

Red hot chili peppers arrive in sub-zero Arctic Seed Vault
A new collection of some of North America's hottest foods -- an eclectic range of New World chili peppers -- were delivered to the cool Arctic Circle environs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, where their exotic tongue-scorching qualities can be kept safe for centuries.

Surprisingly regular patterns in hurricane energy discovered
Researchers at Mathematics Research Centre and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have discovered the mathematical relation between the number of hurricanes produced in certain parts of the planet and the energy they release.

A revolutionary breakthrough in terahertz remote sensing
A major breakthrough in remote wave sensing by a team of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers opens the way for detecting hidden explosives, chemical, biological agents and illegal drugs from a distance of 20 meters.

'You can't hide your lyin' eyes'
Shifty eyes long have been thought to signify a person's problem telling the truth.

MIT researchers find that Sirtuin1 may boost memory and learning ability
The same molecular mechanism that increases life span through calorie restriction may help boost memory and brainpower, researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report in the July 11 issue of Nature.

Top professor will report new way to discover drugs that aid regenerative medicine
Professor Fiona Watt will today give the Anne McLaren Memorial Lecture at the UK National Stem Cell Network annual science meeting and will detail a new approach to screening for drugs that target stem cells.

Fellowships for outstanding research in drug use and HIV are presented by the International AIDS Society and the National Institute on Drug Abuse at AIDS 2010
The International AIDS Society and the National Institute on Drug Abuse today announced the recipients of their second annual joint research fellowships.

Mouse stem cell study offers new insights into body fat distribution
New research being presented today at the UK National Stem Cell Network Annual Science Meeting in Nottingham shows that adding fat to mouse stem cells grown in the lab affects their response to the signals that push them to develop into one or other of the main types of fat storage cells -- subcutaneous (under the skin) or visceral (around the organs).

Asthma warning for pregnant women
Asthma is the most common complication of pregnancy in Australia with harmful effects on babies, but many of these could be prevented a University of Adelaide researcher says.
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