Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 11, 2012
A new approach to treating type I diabetes? Gut cells transformed into insulin factories
A study by Columbia researchers suggests that cells in the patient's intestine could be coaxed into making insulin, circumventing the need for a stem cell transplant.

World breakthrough on salt-tolerant wheat
A team of Australian scientists has bred salt tolerance into a variety of durum wheat that shows improved grain yield by 25 percent on salty soils.

Why do we see the man in the moon?
The synchronous rotation of the moon taking the same amount of time to spin around its own axis as it does to revolve around Earth is what causes the moon to

Tracing the UK's No. 1 sexually transmitted infection
Researchers have used whole genome sequencing of Chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection, to highlight that there is more variation between Chlamydia strains than can be captured by current clinical testing methods.

Greenland ice sheet may melt completely with 1.6 degrees global warming
The Greenland ice sheet is likely to be more vulnerable to global warming than previously thought.

US citizenship may be determined at random
The fate of nearly half a million immigrants hoping for US citizenship may have been determined randomly, at least in part, according to a new study by a Michigan State University researcher who found the high-stakes civics test isn't a reliable measure of civics knowledge.

Mount Sinai researchers identify promising new drug target for kidney disease
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have identified a regulator protein that plays a crucial role in kidney fibrosis, a condition that leads to kidney failure.

Protein discovery could switch off cardiovascular disease
Scientists have discovered a protein inside blood vessels with an ability to protect the body from substances which cause cardiovascular disease.

Antidepressant shows promise as cancer treatment
An antidepressant combined with a drug derived from vitamin A could be used to treat a common adult form of leukemia, according to laboratory research led by a team at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Sending out an SOS: How telomeres incriminate cells that can't divide
The well-being of living cells requires specialized squads of proteins that maintain order.

UCLA scientists find insulin, nutrition prevent blood stem cell differentiation in fruit flies
UCLA stem cell researchers have shown that insulin and nutrition keep blood stem cells from differentiating into mature blood cells in Drosophila, the common fruit fly.

Discovery could reduce chemo's side effects
A team of researchers at Duke University has determined the structure of a key molecule that can carry chemotherapy and anti-viral drugs into cells, which could help to create more effective drugs with fewer effects to healthy tissue.

Experts: Integrate global water, food and energy policies to divert future conflict
As food and energy production intensify around the world, their demands on dwindling water resources have prompted the search for an innovative and collaborative solution.

Researchers discover mechanism in cells that leads to inflammatory diseases
Cedars-Sinai researchers have unlocked the mystery of how an inflammatory molecule is produced in the body, a discovery they say could lead to advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and numerous other chronic diseases that affect tens of millions of people. 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