Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 13, 2013
Cancer suppressor gene links metabolism with cellular aging
The tumor suppressor protein p53 is an attractive target for drug developers.

What did our ancestors look like?
A new method of establishing hair and eye colour from modern forensic samples can also be used to identify details from ancient human remains, finds a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Investigative Genetics.

Credit card debt: Younger people borrow more heavily and repay more slowly
Younger Americans not only take on relatively more credit card debt than their elders, but they are also paying it off at a slower rate, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Graphene plasmonics beats the drug cheats
Wonder material graphene could help detect the presence of drugs or toxins in the body or dramatically improve airport security, University of Manchester researchers have found.

The secrets of a tadpole's tail and the implications for human healing
Scientists at The University of Manchester have made a surprising finding after studying how tadpoles re-grow their tails which could have big implications for research into human healing and regeneration.

Pill-sized device provides rapid, detailed imaging of esophageal lining
Physicians may soon have a new way to screen patients for Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition usually caused by chronic exposure to stomach acid.

Scientists reassemble the backbone of life with a particle accelerator
Scientists have been able to reconstruct, for the first time, the intricate three-dimensional structure of the backbone of early tetrapods, the earliest four-legged animals.

ACMG 2013 Clinical Genetics Meeting -- Complimentary press registration is now open
From Genetic Testing to Whole Genome/Exome Sequencing, the focus of the ACMG Meeting is on the actual practice of genetics and genomics in healthcare today and in the future.

Foot soldiers of the immune system
Researchers at McGill University and the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered the molecular blueprint behind the IFIT protein.

The genome of diamondback moth provides new clues for sustainable pest management
Chinese scientists decode the first genome of diamondback moth, providing new clues for sustainable pest management.

New study reveals gas that triggers ozone destruction
Scientists at the Universities of York and Leeds have made a significant discovery about the cause of the destruction of ozone over oceans.
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