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Research Could Lead to Next-Gen Cancer Therapy

March 10, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Digital Editor | Comments

The scientists studied two lung cancer patients where they found immune cells in the tumors that corresponded with the aforementioned antigens.


Mismatch of Vascular and Neural Responses Suggests Limits of fMRI

May 26, 2016 10:11 am | by Medical University of South Carolina | Comments

Investigators report that, during sensory stimulation, increases in blood flow are not precisely "tuned" to local neural activity, challenging the long-held view that vascular and local neural responses are tightly coupled.


Prenatal Fruit Consumption Boosts Babies' Cognitive Development

May 26, 2016 10:07 am | by University of Alberta | Comments

A new study found that mothers who consumed more fruit during pregnancy gave birth to children who performed better on developmental testing at one year of age.


Human Amyloid-beta Acts as Natural Antibiotic in Brains of Animal Models

May 26, 2016 10:03 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A new study provides additional evidence that amyloid-beta protein - which is deposited in the form of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease - is a normal part of the innate immune system, the body's first-line defense against infection.


Itching for No Reason? Immune System May be at Fault

May 26, 2016 9:59 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

People who suffer itching with no clear cause may have previously unrecognized immune system defects. In a small study of such patients, researchers identified immune system irregularities that may prompt the urge to scratch.


Scientists Illuminate a Hidden Regulator in Gene Transcription

May 26, 2016 9:51 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters.


Is Aging Inevitable? Not Necessarily for Sea Urchins

May 26, 2016 9:47 am | by Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory | Comments

Researchers are studying the regenerative capacity of sea urchins in hopes that a deeper understanding of the process of regeneration, which governs the regeneration of aging tissues as well as lost or damaged body parts, will lead to a deeper understanding of the aging process in humans, with whom sea urchins share a close genetic relationship.


Why the Tiny Fruit Fly has Giant Sperm: Size Matters to Her

May 26, 2016 9:42 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

For a long time, the debate has gone on: Does size matter to females? Biologists now say, definitively, that it does. Among fruit flies.


Gene-signature Linked to Deadly Brain Cancer Identified

May 26, 2016 9:15 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

A new Neurology study investigated genes in the immune system and identified eight immune genes that may be linked to patients’ length of survival after developing a common and deadly brain cancer.


New Way of Growing Blood Vessels Could Boost Regenerative Medicine

May 25, 2016 10:11 am | by University of Bath | Comments

In addition the technique to grow the blood vessels in a 3D scaffold cuts down on the risk of transplant rejection because it uses cells from the patient.


Biden to Host National Cancer Research Summit in Washington

May 25, 2016 10:08 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday.


Harnessing Nature's Vast Array of Venoms for Drug Discovery

May 25, 2016 10:05 am | by Scripps Research Institute | Comments

There are lessons to be learned from venoms.


Scientists Create World's Largest Coral Gene Database

May 25, 2016 10:00 am | by Rutgers University | Comments

An international team of scientists has conducted the world's most comprehensive analysis of coral genes, focusing on how their evolution has allowed corals to interact with and adapt to the environment. A second study shows, for the first time, how stony corals create their hard skeletons, using proteins as key ingredients.


Methane-producing Microbes Discovered in California Rocks

May 25, 2016 9:50 am | by American Geophysical Union | Comments

Deep in vents on the ocean floor, methane-producing microbes feed off chemical reactions between water and rock. Now evidence of this process has been found on land in a freshwater spring in California.


Exercise, Future Anticancer Therapy?

May 25, 2016 9:42 am | by University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre | Comments

At age 70, Alfred Roberts plays hockey twice a week. Nothing special, right? Except that for three years he has had advanced prostate cancer, which has spread to his bones.


Neuroscientists Illuminate Role of Autism-linked Gene

May 25, 2016 9:38 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

A new study reveals that a gene mutation associated with autism plays a critical role in the formation and maturation of synapses — the connections that allow neurons to communicate with each other.



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