Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 27, 2011
Counting cats: The endangered snow leopards of the Himalayas
The elusive snow leopard lives high in the mountains across Central Asia.

Breast cancer type linked to paternal cancer
New research published in BioMed Central's open-access journal BMC Cancer looked at the relationship between women with breast cancer and diagnosis of cancer in their parents.

NIH discontinues tenofovir vaginal gel in 'VOICE' HIV prevention study
A large-scale clinical trial evaluating whether daily use of an antiretroviral-containing oral tablet or vaginal gel can prevent HIV infection in women is being modified because an interim review found that the gel, an investigational microbicide, was not effective among study participants.

'Left-handed iron corkscrews' point the way to new weapon in battle against superbugs like MRSA
Scientists at the University of Warwick have taken inspiration from corkscrew structures found in nature to develop a new weapon in the fight against infections like E. coli and MRSA.

The immune system has protective memory cells, researchers discover
The immune system possesses a type of cell that can be activated by tissues within the body to remind the immune system not to attack our own molecules, cells and organs, UCSF researchers have discovered.

Research reveals shocking new way to create nanoporous materials
Scientists have developed a new method of creating nanoporous materials with potential applications in everything from water purification to chemical sensors.

Singapore scientists lead human embryonic stem cell study
Researchers from A*STAR Singapore took lead roles in a study that identified a portion of the genome mutated during long-term culture of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).

Manipulating serotonin can promote healthy repair in chronic liver disease
Publishing in the leading medical journal Nature Medicine, a team led by Newcastle University academics have identified serotonin receptors which can be targeted with drugs to enhance the natural healing properties of the liver.

Quack medicines, insect immigrants, and what eats what among secrets revealed by DNA barcodes
The newfound scientific power to quickly

Neurons grown from skin cells may hold clues to autism
Potential clues to how autism miswires the brain are emerging from a study of a rare, purely genetic form of the disorders that affects fewer than 20 people worldwide.

Scientists identify defect in brain cell channel that may cause autism-like syndrome
Neuroscientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have homed in on potential differences in autistic people's brain cells by studying brainlike spheres grown in an elaborate process from skin cells. 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