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  • New under the sun: Recurrent genetic mutations in melanoma Exit Disclaimer
    May 9, 2012
    Melanoma – the deadliest and most aggressive form of skin cancer – has long been linked to time spent in the sun. Now a team led by scientists from the Broad Institute and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has sequenced the whole genomes of 25 metastatic melanoma tumors, confirming the role of chronic sun exposure and revealing new genetic changes important in tumor formation.

  • Game on! UCLA researchers use online crowd-sourcing to diagnose malaria Exit Disclaimer
    May 2, 2012
    Working on the assumption that large groups of public non-experts can be trained to recognize infectious diseases with the accuracy of trained pathologists, UCLA researchers have created a crowd-sourced online gaming system in which players distinguish malaria-infected red blood cells from healthy ones by viewing digital images obtained from microscopes.

  • Discovery could reduce chemotherapy’s side effects Exit Disclaimer
    March 11, 2012
    A team of researchers at Duke University has determined the structure of a key molecule that can carry chemotherapy and anti-viral drugs into cells, which could help to create more effective drugs with fewer side effects to healthy tissue.

  • Injectable Gel Could Repair Tissue Damaged by Heart Attack Exit Disclaimer
    February 21, 2012
    University of California, San Diego researcher has developed a new injectable hydrogel that could be an effective and safe treatment for tissue damage caused by heart attacks.

  • Molecular motor struts like drunken sailor Exit Disclaimer
    January 8, 2012
    A tiny motor inside of us called dynein, tasked with shuttling vital payloads throughout the cell, staggers like a drunken sailor, quite contrary to the regular, efficient poise of its fellow motors.



  • At Last, A Living Model for an Important Body Channel Exit Disclaimer
    November 11, 2010
    Ion channels provide a way for key molecules to cross into cells, are the means for many swift physical reactions and regulate the movement of fluid across internal cavities in our bodies.

  • Scientists Trick Bacteria with Small Molecules Exit Disclaimer
    October 7, 2010
    A team of Yale University scientists has engineered the cell wall of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, tricking it into incorporating foreign small molecules and embedding them within the cell wall.

  • Binding Site Broadens Prospects For Prostate-Cancer Drugs Exit Disclaimer
    September 6, 2010
    Scientists have found a new binding site in prostate-specific membrane antigen, a cancer-cell-surface receptor.

  • Cell+phone Exit Disclaimer
    September 1, 2010
    The seeds for electrical engineer Aydogan Ozcan’s latest invention—a lensless microscope that can spot pathogens in blood and water samples in remote areas with no access to other imaging technology—were planted in the shadows.

  • University of Pennsylvania-Led Study Identifies New Genetic Risk Factor for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Exit Disclaimer
    August 25, 2010
    An international study led by biologists and neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new genetic risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • MIT creates technology for high-speed study of zebrafish larvae Exit Disclaimer
    July 18, 2010
    One of the most commonly studied laboratory animals is the zebrafish — a tiny fish with transparent embryos, or larvae, whose internal organs can be easily seen as they develop.

  • Common apnea questionnaire needs customization for pregnant moms  Exit Disclaimer
    May 6, 2010
    The Berlin questionnaire, a common tool for identifying obstructive sleep apnea, does not accurately identify pregnant women whose breathing is intermittently interrupted or stopped (a condition called apnea) during sleep, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  • The Pre-History of Life: elegantly simple organizing principles seen in ribosomes  Exit Disclaimer
    April 12, 2010
    With few exceptions, all known forms of life on our planet rely on the same genetic code to specify the amino acid composition of proteins. Although different hypotheses abound, just how individual amino acids were assigned to specific three-letter combinations or codons during the evolution of the genetic code is still subject to speculation.

  • Researchers find clues to TB drug resistance  Exit Disclaimer
    March 30, 2010
    Two new tuberculosis studies by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers provide good news and bad news about the bacterium that infects nearly a third of the world’s population and a disease that kills nearly 2 million people each year.

  • MIT neuroengineers silence brain cells with multiple colors of light  Exit Disclaimer
    January 6, 2010
    Neuroscientists at MIT have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light.



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