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Sigma-Aldrich Developing Ways to Measure Biomarkers

August 5, 2010 8:16 am | News | Comments

Sigma-Aldrich announced an agreement with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Boston University to develop methods to measure several potential biomarkers of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease using plasma samples from the Framingham Heart Study.

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BrainCells Acquires Sacomeline From Proximagen

August 5, 2010 8:09 am | News | Comments

BrainCells Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with Proximagen Group to acquire sabcomeline, a clinical-stage muscarinic partial agonist that has potential in the treatment of various psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

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New Antibiotic May Combat Resistant Strains

August 5, 2010 7:57 am | News | Comments

Detailed pictures reveal how an experimental antibiotic can kill bacteria that are already resistant to existing treatments. The findings could ultimately help scientists to develop new antibiotics to tackle the bacteria responsible for many infections.

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Icatibant Effectively Blocks Bradykinin

August 5, 2010 7:51 am | News | Comments

Clinical trials from two international research teams have shown that icatibant, a new drug that blocks the action of an inflammatory protein known as bradykinin, is safe and effective in treating acute attacks of hereditary angioedema.

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Malaria Pathway May Be Drug Target

August 5, 2010 7:47 am | News | Comments

A newly described metabolic pathway used by malaria-causing parasites may help them survive inside human blood cells. The finding clarifies the picture of parasite metabolism and provides clues to potential weak points in the pathway that might be attacked with drugs.

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Genome Scan IDs Cholesterol-Heart Disease Gene

August 5, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Researchers  are some of the first to prove that a gene linked to a disease trait by genome wide association studies can be clinically relevant and an important determinant of disease risk.

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Gaming And Chemistry Collide

August 5, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

Computer scientists and biochemists at the University of Washington two years ago launched an ambitious project harnessing the brainpower of computer gamers to solve medical problems.

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MicroRNA Mechanism Raises Stem Cell Numbers

August 5, 2010 6:50 am | News | Comments

Investigators have identified a new mechanism that controls the number of hematopoietic stem cells – cells that give rise to all blood and immune system cells.

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Rochester Scientist Discovers New Adjuvant

August 5, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

As the medical community searches for better vaccines and ways to deliver them, a University of Rochester scientist believes he has discovered a new approach to boosting the body's response to vaccinations.

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Valproate Bone Loss Explained

August 5, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting a possible explanation for the bone loss that may occur following long-term use of a medicine widely used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and other conditions.

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Researchers Find Control mRNAs For Blood Stem Cells

August 5, 2010 6:39 am | News | Comments

Biologists have taken a major step toward understanding the genes and molecules controlling hematopoietic stem cells, with the discovery of a novel group of molecules that are found in high concentrations within HSCs and appear to regulate their production.

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Navy Finds Possible Blindness Remedy

August 5, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Neurobiologists funded by the Office of Naval Research have discovered a potential cure for degenerative vision diseases leading to terminal blindness.

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Genomic Data Set

August 4, 2010 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Affymetrix, Inc. announced that it has released an unparalleled data set based on extensive validation of novel SNPs from the 1000 Genomes Project.

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WGA Services

August 4, 2010 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

GenomeQuest and SGI announced the immediate availability of the world’s first whole-genome analysis (WGA) services for researchers.

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Victory Pharma Acquires MiddleBrook

August 4, 2010 8:15 am | News | Comments

Victory Pharma, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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