Dec 13, 2013--------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Pregnant women caution: red meat link to diabetes
Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant can make use of the holiday season to adjust their diets and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes.
Fatty acids are crucial to embryo development
One classic question in developmental biology is how different tissue types grow correctly positioned in the embryo. Unexpected findings reveal the importance of polyunsaturated fatty acids in this process.
The intestine is bustling with billions of intestinal bacteria that aid digestion and keep it healthy. A vast array of microorganisms (microbiota) colonise the intestine so densely that pathogens do not usually stand a chance of multiplying.
Dec 12, 2013--------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Gene switch may reverse sickle cell disease
In lab studies, researchers reprogram one gene and show proof-of-concept for a potential sickle cell therapy.
New approach could cure wide range of diseases
Misfolded protein molecules, caused by gene mutation, are capable of maintaining their function but are misrouted within the cell and can’t work normally, thus causing disease.
New hormone essential for heart development discovered
This unusual discovery could aid cardiac repair and provide new therapies to common heart diseases and hypertension.
Dec 11, 2013--------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
You are what your father eats
Study suggests that a father's diet before conception plays a crucial role in the health of his offspring.
Discovered: genetic difference between 'identical' twinsEurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), a genomics service for forensics and paternity testing, has successfully completed a research project to genetically discriminate between "identical" monozygotic male twins.
Aging and fertility out of bounds
Despite it being one the hottest topic in the media recently, scientists have no coherent explanation for aging. New demographic data on humans, animals and plants for the first time unveils an extraordinary diversity of aging processes that no existing evolutionary theory can explain.
Dec 10, 2013--------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Treatment reduces relapse in AML child leukemia
The addition of a monoclonal antibody — called gemtuzumab — combined with standard chemotherapy has shown significant reduction to the risk of relapse and increased rates of disease-free survival in pediatric patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Measuring life's tugs and pulls
As embryonic tissue develops, cells push and pull on each other, and they must do so correctly for the tissue to develop properly. Now scientists at Harvard University have devised the first method to measure these forces in three-dimensional (3D) tissues and living embryos.
Gene promotes 1 in 100 of tumors
Researchers have identified a gene that drives the development of tumours in over one per cent of all cancer patients. This is the first time that the gene CUX1 has been broadly linked to cancer development.
Dec 9, 2013--------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Gene therapy trial for 'bubble boy' disease promising
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), once considered an effective yet risky alternative to drug therapy for blood cancer — has become more successful in a wide range of patients due to major advances in transplant strategies and technology.
Survival for stressed mitochondria discovered
Damage to mitochondria is thought to be a significant factor in common neurodegenerative disorders, cancer and even the aging process. Researchers' latest discovery could lead to new methods to protect mitochondria from such damage.
Pinpointing the higher cost of a healthy diet
Harvard School of Public Health Communications (HSPH) study finds it takes $1.50 more per day to eat a nutritious diet rather than an unhealthy one.