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Key mechanism in calcium regulation discovered: May help lead to new drugs for neurodegenerative diseases

Key mechanism in calcium regulation discovered: May help lead to new drugs for neurodegenerative diseases

Jan. 3, 2013 — All living cells keep their cellular calcium concentration at a very low level. Since a small increase in calcium can affect many critical cellular functions (an elevated calcium concentration over an extended period can induce cell death), powerful cellular mechanisms ensure that calcium concentration quickly returns to its low level. Continue reading

Quirky fruit fly gene could point way to new cancer drugs

Quirky fruit fly gene could point way to new cancer drugs

ScienceDaily (June 14, 2012) — Loyola researchers are taking advantage of a quirk in the evolution of fruit fly genes to help develop new weapons against cancer. A newly discovered fruit fly gene is a simplified counterpart of two complex human genes that play important roles in the development of cancer and some birth defects. Continue reading

Intestinal stem cells respond to food by supersizing the gut

Intestinal stem cells respond to food by supersizing the gut

ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2011) — A new study from University of California, Berkeley, researchers demonstrates that adult stem cells can reshape our organs in response to changes in the body and the environment, a finding that could have implications for diabetes and obesity. Current thinking has been that, once embryonic stem cells mature into adult stem cells, they sit quietly in our tissues, replacing cells that die or are injured but doing little else. Continue reading

Figuring out fetal alcohol syndrome in fruit flies

Figuring out fetal alcohol syndrome in fruit flies

ScienceDaily (Feb. 8, 2011) — Drinking excess alcohol during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) due to the damaging effects of alcohol on a developing baby’s brain. Continue reading