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Scientists find skin disease gene

Scientists find skin disease gene

14 October 2012 Last updated at 20:02 ET A team led by the University of Dundee believes it has made a significant step in understanding a skin disease which affects thousands in the UK. Researchers have identified how the “p34 gene” plays a key role in causing the disease punctate PPK Continue reading

New field of developmental neuroscience changes our understanding of early years of human life

New field of developmental neuroscience changes our understanding of early years of human life

ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2012) — By the time our children reach kindergarten their learning and developmental patterns are already taking shape, as is a trajectory for their future health. Now, for the first time, scientists have amassed a large collection of research that looks “under the skin,” to examine how and why experiences interact with biology starting before birth to affect a life course. Continue reading

Biological mechanism that plays key role in early-onset dementia identified

Biological mechanism that plays key role in early-onset dementia identified

ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2012) — Using animal models, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered how a protein deficiency may be linked to frontotemporal dementia (FTD) — a form of early-onset dementia that is similar to Alzheimer’s disease Continue reading

Vitamin variants could combat cancer as scientists unravel B12 secrets

Vitamin variants could combat cancer as scientists unravel B12 secrets

ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2012) — In a development that may lead to new drugs to treat cancer, scientists at the University of Kent have discovered the process by which a key vitamin (B12) is made in cells Continue reading

Smallest and fastest-known RNA switches provide new drug targets

Smallest and fastest-known RNA switches provide new drug targets

ScienceDaily (Oct. 7, 2012) — A University of Michigan biophysical chemist and his colleagues have discovered the smallest and fastest-known molecular switches made of RNA, the chemical cousin of DNA. The researchers say these rare, fleeting structures are prime targets for the development of new antiviral and antibiotic drugs Continue reading

Mosquito genetics may offer clues to control malaria, researchers say

Mosquito genetics may offer clues to control malaria, researchers say

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Bioengineers design rapid diagnostic tests inspired by nature

Bioengineers design rapid diagnostic tests inspired by nature

ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2012) — By mimicking nature’s own sensing mechanisms, bioengineers at UC Santa Barbara and University of Rome Tor Vergata have designed inexpensive medical diagnostic tests that take only a few minutes to perform Continue reading

Treating ovarian cancer: New pathways through genetics

Treating ovarian cancer: New pathways through genetics

ScienceDaily (Sep. 24, 2012) — A new discovery that sheds light on the genetic make up of ovarian cancer cells could explain why some women survive longer than others with this deadly disease Continue reading

‘Stem cell hope’ for deaf people

‘Stem cell hope’ for deaf people

12 September 2012 Last updated at 13:00 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News UK researchers say they have taken a huge step forward in treating deafness after stem cells were used to restore hearing in animals for the first time. Hearing partially improved when nerves in the ear, which pass sounds into the brain, were rebuilt in gerbils – a UK study in the journal Nature reports. 1 Getting the same improvement in people would be a shift from being unable to hear traffic to hearing a conversation Continue reading

Crippling viruses ’cause asthma’

Crippling viruses ’cause asthma’

9 September 2012 Last updated at 13:54 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Viral infections in newborns “cripple” part of the immune system and increase the risk of asthma later in life, US researchers studying mice have said. Continue reading