Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 15, 2016
Computational method identifies existing drugs with virus-fighting potential
A new, computer-based screening method could reveal the virus-fighting potential of drugs originally developed to treat other conditions, reports a study in PLOS Computational Biology.

What dinosaurs' color patterns say about their lives
After reconstructing the color patterns of a well-preserved dinosaur from China, researchers have found that the long-lost species called Psittacosaurus was light on its underside and darker on top.

Lifting ivory ban won't solve elephant poaching problem
The deaths of many thousands of elephants at the hands of poachers in recent years has led some to conclude that the ban on ivory established in 1989 should be lifted, allowing for tight regulation of the ivory trade.

Uniform 'hairy' nanorods have potential energy, biomedical applications
Materials scientists have developed a new strategy for crafting one-dimensional nanorods from a wide range of precursor materials.

Progesterone promotes healing in the lung after a bout of flu
Over 100 million women are on hormonal contraceptives. All of them contain some form of progesterone, either alone or in combination with estrogen.

Immune-matched stem cells prevent rejection of retinal transplants in animals
Stem cell-based transplantation approaches hold great potential for treating a wide range of eye diseases, but progress has been limited by concerns about cost, safety, and effectiveness.

New strategy identified for treating acute myeloid leukemia
A multi-institutional academic and industry research team led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute has identified a promising new approach to the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia

A protein in mosquito spit can keep Dengue virus in check
Mosquito saliva influences transmission of viruses to a bitten mammalian host.

Mosquito preference for human versus animal biting has genetic basis
Mosquitoes are more likely to feed on cattle than on humans if they carry a specific chromosomal rearrangement in their genome.
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