Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 03, 2013
2 new genes linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and related disorders
A study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has discovered mutations in two genes that lead to the death of nerve cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and related degenerative diseases.

Cancer vaccines self-sabotage, channel immune attack to injection site
UT MD Anderson scientists have found that many therapeutic cancer vaccines fail because they attract more T cells to the injection site than to the tumors.

Adding to the list of disease-causing proteins in brain disorders
A multi-institution group of researchers has found new candidate disease proteins for neurodegenerative disorders.

Researchers discover how to shutdown cancer's powerful master protein
The powerful master regulatory transcription factor called Bcl6 is key to the survival of a majority of aggressive lymphomas, which arise from the B-cells of the immune system.

International consortium discovers 7 new genomic regions associated with AMD
An international group of researchers has discovered seven new regions of the human genome--called loci--that are associated with increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

Researchers describe first 'functional HIV cure' in an infant
A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School describe the first case of a so-called

Weizmann Institute Women in Science Program wins award in Barcelona
A program to help outstanding young women go abroad for postdoctoral studies is gaining international recognition.

7 genetic risk factors found to be associated with common eye disorder
An international group of researchers has discovered seven new regions of the human genome -- called loci -- that are associated with increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

International consortium builds 'Google Map' of human metabolism
Building on earlier pioneering work by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, an international consortium of university researchers has produced the most comprehensive virtual reconstruction of human metabolism to date.

Study maps human metabolism in health and disease
Scientists have produced an instruction manual for the human genome that provides a framework to better understand the relationship between an individual's genetic make-up and their lifestyle.

Getting around the Uncertainty Principle
Researchers at the University of Rochester and the University of Ottawa have applied a recently developed technique to directly measure for the first time the polarization states of light.

Man-made material pushes the bounds of superconductivity
A multi-university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications.

Gene discovery reveals importance of eating your greens
Eating your greens may be even more important that previously thought, with the discovery that an immune cell population essential for intestinal health could be controlled by leafy greens in your diet.

Scientists identify 'clean-up' snafu that kills brain cells in Parkinson's disease
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered how the most common genetic mutations in familial Parkinson's disease damage brain cells.

Early warning system provides 4-month forecast of malaria epidemics in northwest India
Sea surface temperatures in the tropical South Atlantic Ocean can be used to accurately forecast, by up to four months, malaria epidemics thousands of miles away in northwestern India, a University of Michigan theoretical ecologist and her colleagues have found.

Genetic risk factors for common eye disorder come into focus
An international group of investigators has identified seven new genetic regions associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of blindness in older individuals.
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