Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 24, 2019
New technology allows control of gene therapy doses
Scientists at Scripps Research in Jupiter have developed a special molecular switch that could be embedded into gene therapies to allow doctors to control dosing.

Lasers learn to accurately spot space junk
Scientists have developed space junk identification systems, but it has proven tricky to pinpoint the swift, small specks of space litter.

Large scale feasts at ancient capital of Ulster drew crowds from across Iron Age Ireland
People transported animals over huge distances for mass gatherings at one of Ireland's most iconic archaeological sites, research concludes.

Full noncontact laser ultrasound: First human data
Conventional ultrasonography requires contact with the patient's skin with the ultrasound probe for imaging, which causes image variability due to inconsistent probe contact pressure and orientation.

Cellular culprit suspected of pushing dengue fever from bad to worse is cleared by transcripts
No one knows what makes a mild dengue viral infection morph into a severe and sometimes deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome.

Cytoskeletal proteins play maintenance roles in neurotransmission
Researchers in the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have elucidated the roles of cytoskeletal proteins at the giant presynaptic terminal, called the calyx of Held, visualized in rat brainstem slices.

IKBFU astrophysicists have developed a theory explaining the 'Dark Energy' phenomenon
The article refers to the issue of the 'Dark Enegry' and an assumption is made that the Universe has borders.

Preoperative levels of heart proteins may help predict death or cardiac complications in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery
Assessing preoperative levels of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), a biomarker of heart stress and structural changes, may improve risk prediction beyond the clinical risk score in patients having noncardiac surgery.

Mouse pups born from eggs derived from the granulosa cells that surround oocytes
By introducing a chemical cocktail to granulosa cells, researchers in China induced the cells to transform into functional oocytes in mice.

Many younger patients with stomach cancer have a distinct disease, Mayo research discovers
Many people under 60 who develop stomach cancer have a 'genetically and clinically distinct' disease, new Mayo Clinic research has discovered.

NASA sees Typhoon Phanfone landfall in the Philippines
Typhoon Phanfone, known locally in the Philippines as Ursula, was making landfall in the central part of the country when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead on Dec.

A molecular map of the brain's decision-making area
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have come one step closer toward understanding how the part of our brain that is central for decision-making and the development of addiction is organized on a molecular level.

Why isn't there a vaccine for staph?
A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Bacteria can 'outsmart' programmed cell death
To be able to multiply, bacteria that cause diarrhoea block mediators of programmed cell death, a new study in 'Nature Microbiology' shows.
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