Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 01, 2015
Findings point to potential approach to treat virus causing illness, possible paralysis
New research findings point toward a class of compounds that could be effective in combating infections caused by enterovirus D68, which has stricken children with serious respiratory infections and might be associated with polio-like symptoms in the United States and elsewhere.

Fat isn't all bad: Skin adipocytes help protect against infections
When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath.

Killing for DNA: A predatory device in the cholera bacterium
Publishing in Science, EPFL scientists have uncovered the unconventional way that the cholera bacterium stabs and kills other bacteria to steal their DNA, making it potentially more virulent.

Researchers target the cell's 'biological clock' in promising new therapy to kill cancer cells
Cell biologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have targeted telomeres with a small molecule called 6-thiodG that takes advantage of the cell's 'biological clock' to kill cancer cells and shrink tumor growth.

'Bad luck' of random mutations plays predominant role in cancer, study shows
Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have created a statistical model that measures the proportion of cancer incidence, across many tissue types, caused mainly by random mutations that occur when stem cells divide.

Defying textbook science, study finds new role for proteins
Results from a study published on Jan. 1 in Science defy textbook science, showing for the first time that the building blocks of a protein, called amino acids, can be assembled without blueprints -- DNA and an intermediate template called messenger RNA.

Researchers reveal new information and knowledge in applied mechanics
In World Scientific's latest book edited by professor Liu Zishun, 'Frontiers of Applied Mechanics,' more than 60 of the world's leading researchers and academics in applied mechanics from more than 33 top institutions in China, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong cover the classical branches in applied mechanics such as solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and material science.

More efficient, sensitive estrogen detection developed at UT Arlington
UT Arlington scientists working in the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies have developed a new method for detecting trace amounts of estrogen, an advance that will help health researchers.
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