Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 23, 2013
Sugar solution makes tissues see-through
Japanese researchers have developed a new sugar and water-based solution that turns tissues transparent in just three days, without disrupting the shape and chemical nature of the samples.

La Jolla Institute discovers new player critical to unleashing T cells against disease
A major study from researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology provides new revelations about the intricate pathways involved in turning on T cells, the body's most important disease-fighting cells, and was published today in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.

Getting to grips with migraine
Migraine is an extremely difficult disorder to study. Between episodes, the patient is basically healthy, making the underlying pathology very difficult to uncover.

Plants do sums to get through the night
Using fundamental processes instead of brain cells, plants measure the time until dawn and divide that by their stored starch levels.

New estimates suggest that a third of H7N9 patients admitted to hospital have died
First estimates of the severity profile of the H7N9 influenza virus suggest that it kills over a third (36 percent) of infected patients who are admitted to hospital, according to new research published in The Lancet today [Sunday 23 June].

Israel-Chicago partnership targets water resource innovations
The University of Chicago and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will begin funding a series of ambitious research collaborations that apply the latest discoveries in nanotechnology to create new materials and processes for making clean, fresh drinking water more plentiful and less expensive by 2020.

Finding Murray's magic
Research suggests that it is Andy Murray's ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him such a successful athlete according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, athletes who recognize early when a goal is unattainable and switch their focus to other objectives are the most successful at achieving their main career goals.

Arrhythmias White Book contains first European data on lead extraction
The first European data on lead extraction was released today by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology.

Depression screening in AF Clinics recommended by study
Electrophysiologists rate the quality of life of patients with Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation significantly better than the patients themselves do, with the greatest level of disagreement about mental health.

The genome's 3-D structure shapes how genes are expressed
Scientists from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, and collaborators from the United States, bring new insights to our understanding of the three-dimensional structure of the genome, one of the biggest challenges currently facing the fields of genomics and genetics.

Low-income uninsured adults less likely to have chronic conditions compared with Medicaid enrollees
Compared with adults already enrolled in Medicaid, low-income uninsured adults who may be eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act were less likely to have chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia, although those with 1 of these conditions were less likely to be aware they had it or to have the disease controlled, according to a study in the June 26 issue of JAMA.

CalPERS program helps lower costs of member hip and knee replacement surgeries
CalPERs program helps lower costs of member hip and knee replacement surgeries.

Unexpected discovery of the ways cells move could boost understanding of complex diseases
A new discovery about how cells move may provide scientists with crucial information about disease mechanisms such as the spread of cancer or the constriction of airways caused by asthma.

Powerful gene-editing tool appears to cause off-target mutations in human cells
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital researchers has found a significant limitation to the use of CRISPR-Cas RGNs, production of unwanted DNA mutations at sites other than the desired target, which indicates a need to improve the specificity of the nucleases.

New understanding of why anti-cancer therapy stops working at a specific stage
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in California have achieved a breakthrough in understanding how and why a promising anti-cancer therapy has failed to achieve hoped-for success in killing tumor 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