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July 13, 2012--------News Archive

Finished Heart Switches Stem Cells Off In Mouse
Transcription factor Ajuba regulates stem cell activity in the heart during embryonic development

Extra Gene Drove Instant Leap in Human Brain Evolution
A partial, duplicate copy of a gene appears to be responsible for the critical features of the human brain that distinguish us from our closest primate kin

Altruism Explained by Brain Region Reflecting Empathy
What can explain extreme differences in altruism among individuals, from Ebenezer Scrooge to Mother Teresa? It may all come down to variation in the size and activity of a brain region involved in appreciating others' perspectives

July 12, 2012--------News Archive

Early Exposure to PCE in Drinking Water May Affect Vision Long Term
Prenatal and early childhood exposure to the chemical solvent tetrachloroethylene (PCE) found in drinking water may be associated with long-term visual impairments, particularly in the area of color discrimination

Searching Genomic Data Faster
Biologists' capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power - A new algorithm will help them keep up

Diagnostic Technique Uses Immune Cell DNA
By looking at chemical differences in the DNA of various leukocyte immune cells, scientists can determine their relative abundance in blood samples - which correlates with specific cancers and other diseases, making the technique, potentially valuable not only for research but also for diagnostics and treatment monitoring

July 11, 2012--------News Archive

Pediatric Tumors Traced to Stem Cells in Developing Brain
Stem cells that come from a specific part of the developing brain help fuel the growth of brain tumors caused by an inherited condition

Researchers Unravel Secrets of Parasites’ Replication
A group of diseases caused by parasites kill millions of people each year can’t be touched by antibiotics, and some treatment is so harsh the patient can’t survive it

New Gene Transfer Strategy Shows Promise for Muscular Dystrophies
The challenge of treating patients with genetic disorders in which a single mutated gene is simply too large to be replaced using traditional gene therapy techniques may soon be a thing of the past

July 10, 2012--------News Archive

Long-term Hormone Treatment Increases Brain Synapses in Aging Rats
A new study of aged female rats found that long-term treatment with estrogen and a synthetic progesterone known as MPA increased levels of a protein marker of synapses in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region known to suffer significant losses in aging

Epigenetic Links in Cell-Fate Decisions Discovered
The ability to control whether certain stem cells ultimately become bone cells holds great promise for regenerative medicine and potential therapies aimed at treating metabolic bone diseases

New Target to Fight Cancer Deep Within Cell Nucleus
Investigators have found that blocking a fundamental process deep within cancer cells can selectively kill them and spare normal cells

July 9, 2012--------News Archive

Bees Can 'Turn Back Iime,' Reverse Brain Aging
Older honey bees effectively reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees

Beyond Base Pairs: Mapping Functional Genome
For the first time, significant portions of the most widely used mammalian model organism in biomedical research - the mouse - have been sequenced

DNA from Cystic Fibrosis Patients Reveals Unexpected Mutation
Comparing DNA from patients at the best and worst extremes of a health condition can reveal genes for resistance as well as weakness

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