Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 12, 2012
Starve a virus, feed a cure?
A protein that protects some of our immune cells from the most common and virulent form of HIV works by starving the virus of the molecular building blocks that it needs to replicate.

Declining health-care productivity in England: Who says so?
Reports that the National Health Service in England has been declining in productivity in the last decade appear to have been accepted as fact.

Overeating may double risk of memory loss
New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older.

Big fish reveal shelter secrets on reefcam
The choices big fish make on where to shelter could have a major influence on their ability to cope with climate change, say scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

Integrated pest management recommendations for the southern pine beetle
A new article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides recommendations on IPM programs for the southern pine beetle.

New research reveals how protein protects cells from HIV infection
A novel discovery by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and colleagues reveals a mechanism by which the immune system tries to halt the spread of HIV.

BGI researchers uncover extensive RNA editing in a human transcriptome
In a new study published online in Nature Biotechnology, researchers from BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, reported the evidence of extensive RNA editing in a human cell line by analysis of RNA-seq data, demonstrating the need for new robust methods to identify important post-transcriptional editing events.

A mitosis mystery solved: How chromosomes align perfectly in a dividing cell
Although the process of mitotic cell division has been studied intensely for more than 50 years, Whitehead Institute researchers have only now solved the mystery of how cells correctly align their chromosomes during symmetric mitosis.

The proteins ensuring genome protection
Researchers from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, have discovered the crucial role of two proteins in developing a cell

Researchers develop method to examine batteries -- from the inside
There is an ever-increasing need for advanced batteries for portable electronics, such as phones, cameras, and music players, but also to power electric vehicles and to facilitate the distribution and storage of energy derived from renewable energy sources.

Researchers discover molecular secrets of ancient Chinese herbal remedy
Researchers have discovered the cellular target for a two-thousand-year-old herbal remedy known as Chang Shan.
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