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New Drug Target for Rett Syndrome

February 8, 2016 10:13 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a faulty signaling pathway that, when corrected in mice, ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological condition. The findings could lead to the discovery of compounds or drugs that may benefit children affected by the disease.

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Uncovering the Secrets of Elastin’s Flexibility

February 8, 2016 10:08 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Elastin is a crucial building block in our bodies. Its flexibility allows skin to stretch and twist, blood vessels to expand and relax with every heartbeat, and lungs to swell and contract with each breath. But exactly how this protein-based tissue assembles itself to achieve this flexibility remained an unsolved question — until now.

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Discovery: Many White-tailed Deer Have Malaria

February 8, 2016 9:53 am | by University of Vermont | News | Comments

Two years ago, Ellen Martinsen, was collecting mosquitoes at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, looking for malaria that might infect birds--when she discovered something strange: a DNA profile, from parasites in the mosquitoes, that she couldn't identify.

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Obama Asking Congress for Emergency Funding to Combat Zika

February 8, 2016 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.

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Race Should be Removed from Genetics Research, Paper Contends

February 8, 2016 9:40 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Race should no longer be used as a distinguishing factor in human biology and genetics research, contends a new paper in Science.

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First MERS Autopsy Reveals Critical Information

February 8, 2016 9:10 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ebola and now Zika are two viruses that have monopolized headlines for two years. But the Middle East respiratory syndrome is a potentially deadly contagion also on the radar of health officials worldwide. Some 1,500 people have been infected, and more than 500 have been killed.

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Thermo Fisher Unveils New High-Pressure Ion Chromatography System

February 5, 2016 10:54 am | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Now scientists in environmental, food safety, pharmaceutical and industrial/petrochemical laboratories can rely on a new flexible and configurable high-pressure ion chromatography system designed to deliver enhanced performance, productivity and efficiency.

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Florida Readies for a Fight with Zika Virus

February 5, 2016 10:51 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

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Karolinska University to Investigate Stem-cell Scientist

February 5, 2016 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Karolinska University says it is commissioning an external investigation into stem-cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini, who was cleared last year of misconduct charges related to his creation of wind pipes made from patients' stem cells.

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How Gut Inflammation Sparks Colon Cancer

February 5, 2016 10:46 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now researchers think they know why.

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Natural Protein Points to New Inflammation Treatment

February 5, 2016 10:42 am | by NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences | News | Comments

Increasing the level of a naturally-produced protein, called tristetraprolin (TTP), significantly reduced or protected mice from inflammation, according to researchers. The results suggest that pharmaceutical compounds or other therapeutic methods that produce elevated levels of TTP in humans may offer an effective treatment for some inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and multiple sclerosis.

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Researchers Identify Striking Genomic Signature Shared by 5 Types of Cancer

February 5, 2016 10:38 am | by NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a striking signature in tumor DNA that occurs in five different types of cancer. They also found evidence that this methylation signature may be present in many more types of cancer. The specific signature results from a chemical modification of DNA called methylation, which can control the expression of genes like a dimmer on a light switch.

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Alzheimer’s Plaques Linked to Brain Injury in Middle-Aged People

February 5, 2016 10:04 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new Neurology study, building on other evidence linking head injury to dementia, has found people with brain injuries may have buildup of plaques related to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Point-of-Use Gas Purifiers

February 4, 2016 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

ARM, Inc. introduces its line of point-of-use purifiers, including the Nova Series, and Pro-Panel Series. These ultra-high purity gas purifiers are used in applications where trace gas impurities and/or particulate can cause false results or reduce yields.

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