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Supercharging Stem Cells to Create New Therapies

July 6, 2015 8:25 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. Read more...

The Drunkest Eye: Do Those Baby Blues Mean Higher Rates of Problem Drinking?

July 2, 2015 10:25 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Blue eyes could be a risk factor for alcohol dependence, according to a new Univ. of Vermont ...

Cancer Surgery or Biospy Collection Could Influence Disease Progression

July 1, 2015 3:53 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Scientists studying the body’s inflammatory response to wounds following cancer surgery or...

Stem Cell Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Eliminating HIV Infection

July 1, 2015 10:32 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell...

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How Removing a Protein Slows Blood Vessel Growth in Tumors

July 1, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new protein which triggers the growth of blood vessels in breast cancer tumors which have spread to the brain. Read more...

Research Reveals New Insights into Key Antibiotic Target in Fight Against TB

July 1, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

While TB is curable, antibiotic resistance is on the rise and so a major challenge for scientists is to continually develop new drugs to treat the disease. Read more...

Treatment With PI3K Inhibitors May Cause Cancers to Become Aggressive, Metastatic

June 30, 2015 11:43 am | by The Wistar Institute | News | Comments

The enzyme phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) appears to be exploited in almost every type of human cancer, making it the focus of considerable interest as a therapeutic target, with many PI3K-inhibiting drugs currently in various stages of clinical development.  Read more...

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Blood Test IDs Pancreatic Cancer in 250 of 250 Patients

June 29, 2015 9:18 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

A new blood test identified pancreatic cancer with 100 percent accuracy in 250 of 250 patients, said a recent report in Nature. The test found pancreatic exosomes in blood via the biomarker GPC1. It distinguished early-stage cancer from late-stage cancer—with zero false positives/negatives. It predicted survival. Read more...

DNA Damage Linked with Dementia

June 29, 2015 8:29 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

High levels of DNA damage in nerve cells can lead to dementia. Read more...

Alzheimer’s Expert Jams with Aerosmith

June 26, 2015 8:59 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

One of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers doubles as a guest organist for Aerosmith. Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., the Kennedy professor of neuroscience at Harvard, hit it off with lead guitarist Joe Perry on a photo shoot for men’s fashion magazine GQ, and the scientist, who is an expert on how beta amyloid accumulates in the brain, has since played with the band on a number of special occasions, CNN reported. Read more...

Human Trials of Manufactured Blood within Two Years

June 26, 2015 8:34 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

The clinical trial of manufactured red blood cells is designed to compare the survival of red cells manufactured from stem cells with that of standard blood donor red blood cells. Read more...

Cancer Drug Makes Fruit Flies Live Longer

June 26, 2015 8:33 am | by University College London | News | Comments

The drug targets a specific cellular process that occurs in animals, including humans, delaying the onset of age-related deaths by slowing the ageing process. Read more...

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Experimental Treatment Sends Deadly Leukemia Into Remission

June 25, 2015 12:09 pm | by University of Virginia Health System | News | Comments

An experimental new treatment approach for a rare, deadly leukemia can send the disease into remission even in patients for whom the standard therapy has failed, buying them more time to have the stem cell transplant that could save their lives, a small pilot study has found. Read more...

Pinpointing the Onset of Metastasis

June 25, 2015 8:55 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | News | Comments

Within the oncology community, a debate is raging about two controversial topics. The first is overdiagnosis. According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening is finding ever-smaller abnormalities that are being labeled cancer or precancer with little or no justification. Read more...

Study Points to Unexplored Realm of Protein Biology, Drug Targets

June 24, 2015 1:07 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a powerful set of chemical methods for exploring the biology of proteins. Read more...

Stopping a Single Enzyme Could Help Treat Leukemia

June 22, 2015 4:21 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Scientists show how inactivating a single enzyme could effectively eradicate an aggressive form of leukemia. Read more...

Coordinating Against Malaria

June 22, 2015 4:15 pm | by Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

A group of scientists, government officials, nonprofit leaders, malaria-control program directors, and others gathered at Harvard Business School last week sought to draw lessons from past eradication efforts. Read more...

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Sequencing Ebola's Secrets

June 22, 2015 4:06 pm | by Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

The new sequencing also provides insight into viral evolution over the sustained outbreak. Read more...

GlaxoSmithKline Invests $95M in Independent Genetics Institute

June 19, 2015 1:29 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline is investing in probing deep into a human cell’s “operating system,” they announced this week. The London-based pharma company is investing $95 million in a new startup called the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences in Seattle, they announced. Read more...

Molecular Cause of Heart Condition Identified by Researchers

June 19, 2015 10:55 am | by Krista Conger, Stanford University | News | Comments

The beta adrenergic pathway is dysfunctional in dilated cardiomyopathy. Now, researchers have learned how a mutation that causes the disease affects the pathway, and how to mitigate its effects. Read more...

MRSA Contamination Found in Supermarket Sausages, Mixed Pork

June 19, 2015 9:39 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

In collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute an analysis of the genetic make-up of the bacteria and confirmed the presence of antibiotic resistant genes. Read more...

Key Gene in Deadly Head and Neck Cancer Identified

June 19, 2015 8:45 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers have made the first real breakthrough in 50 years in understanding how cancers of the head and neck develop. Read more...

Blood Protein May Indicate Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

June 19, 2015 8:40 am | by King's College London | News | Comments

The new research used data from over 100 sets of identical twins from Twins UK, the biggest adult twin cohort in the UK. Read more...

Scientists Identify Protein that Sustain Heart Function into Old Age

June 18, 2015 11:59 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

The human heart makes precious few new cells but manages to generate billions of life-sustaining beats as it grows old. Read more...

Reversing Depression

June 18, 2015 11:27 am | by MIT | News | Comments

The researchers believe this kind of targeted approach could have fewer side effects than most existing antidepressant drugs, which bathe the entire brain. Read more...

Protein Discovery Fuels Re-Design of Mosquito-based Malaria Vaccine

June 18, 2015 9:26 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A promising type of vaccine designed to eradicate malaria by blocking parasite transmission could be a step closer, as a result of experts uncovering new information about the targeted protein. Read more...

Seeking Rare Cells

June 17, 2015 1:33 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Christopher Love uses microscale technology to isolate rare cells, yielding insight into human disease. Read more...

Complex, Large-scale Genome Analysis Made Easier

June 17, 2015 12:51 pm | by European Molecular Biology Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at EMBL-EBI have developed a new approach to studying the effect of multiple genetic variations on different traits. The new algorithm,published in Nature Methods, makes it possible to perform genetic analysis of up to 500,000 individuals — and many traits at the same time. Read more...

Breakthrough Points to Cure for Debilitating Heart and Lung Disease

June 16, 2015 11:01 am | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

A protein that targets the effects of a faulty gene could offer the first treatment targeting the major genetic cause of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Read more....

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