Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 29, 2011
Tiny bubbles signal severe impacts to coral reefs worldwide
New study in Nature Climate Change by University of Miami, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology shows ocean acidification will likely reduce diversity and resiliency in coral reef ecosystems.

What is a laboratory mouse? Jackson, UNC researchers reveal the details
Jackson Laboratory Professor Gary Churchill and Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill created a genome-wide, high-resolution map of most of the inbred mouse strains used today.

Novel pathway regulating angiogenesis may fight retinal disease, cancers
Scientists identify in the journal Nature a new molecular pathway used to suppress blood vessel branching in the developing retina -- a finding with potential therapeutic value for fighting diseases of the retina and a variety of cancers.

New advances in lipid genetics lead to better detection and prevention of major diseases
Researchers from the US and The Netherlands have found ways to earlier and better prediction of diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, and heart disease by studying the genetic make-up of different varieties of lipids in blood plasma.

New synchrotron technique could see hidden building blocks of life
Scientists from Finland and France have developed a new synchrotron X-ray technique that may revolutionize the chemical analysis of rare materials like meteoric rock samples or fossils.

Virtual natural environments and benefits to health
A new position paper by researchers at the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health and the University of Birmingham has compared the benefits of interaction with actual and virtual natural environments and concluded that the development of accurate simulations are likely to be beneficial to those who cannot interact with nature because of infirmity or other limitations: but virtual worlds are not a substitute for the real thing.

Why does flu trigger asthma?
When children with asthma get the flu, they often land in the hospital gasping for air.

Acupuncture of benefit to those with unexplained symptoms
A research team from the Institute of Health Services Research, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, has carried out a randomised control trial and a linked interview study regarding 80 such patients from GP practices across London, to investigate their experiences of having five-element acupuncture added to their usual care.

Of mice and men: UNC-led team solves mouse genome dilemma
Now, thanks to an in-depth analysis by a team led by Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, Ph.D., in the UNC Department of Genetics and Gary Churchill, Ph.D., at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, researchers will be able to use an online resource dubbed the Mouse Phylogeny Viewer to select from among 162 strains of laboratory mice for which the entire genome has been characterized.

New drugs target delay of Huntington's symptoms
The drug restores a critical chemical change that should occur in the huntingtin protein, but does not occur in people with Huntington's disease.
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