Friday, February 24, 2017

Novel mutation may be linked to prostate cancer in African-American men

Credit: Alice R. Walker Researchers have identified a novel mutation that may be associated with prostate cancer in African American men, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Bi..

Computer bots are more like humans than you might think, having fights lasting years

Researchers say 'benevolent bots', otherwise known as software robots, that are designed to improve articles on Wikipedia sometimes have online 'fights' over content that can conti..

Gene-edited pigs show signs of resistance to major viral disease

Credit: Norrie Russell, The Roslin Institute Scientists have produced pigs that may be protected from an infection that costs the swine industry billions each year. The team have used advanced ge..

NIST patents first DNA method to authenticate mouse cell lines

Credit: Jan Schmoranzer, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie "A case of mistaken identity" may drive the plot of the latest spy film or crime novel, but it's only a tale of trouble f..

New grant expands reach of St. Jude gene therapy program for ‘bubble boy’ disease

(MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Feb.23, 2017) The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has awarded a five-year, $11.9 million grant to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and collaborators to deliv..

New assay may lead to a cure for debilitating inflammatory joint disease

Credit: Photo courtesy of NYU Langone Medical Center Current treatments for rheumatoid arthritis relieve the inflammation that leads to joint destruction, but the immunologic defect that triggers t..

The truth about catnip (video)

Credit: The American Chemical Society WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 -- Catnip is notorious for its euphoric effects on our feline companions. What is it about catnip that makes cats go nuts, and what b..

USC publishes results of a fasting mimicking diet that may reverse diabetes

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 - A landmark study published today in Cell finds that providing mice with a temporary, specifically formulated Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD™) promotes the growth of n..

New paper published in Phytobiomes may lead to novel methods of Rhizoctonia solani control

Credit: The American Phytopathological Society St. Paul, Minn. (February 2017)--Rhizoctonia species--and R. solani specifically--are a complex group of soil fungi with broad host range and world-wid..

Almost 4 decades later, mini eyeless catfish gets a name

Credit: Courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. After almost four decades, an elusive, eyeless catfish measuring less than an inch now has a name and a detailed description..

Nematode resistance in soybeans beneficial even at low rates of infestation

Credit: USDA-ARS URBANA, Ill. - Each spring, tiny roundworms hatch and wriggle over to the nearest soybean root to feed. Before farmers are even aware of the belowground infestation, the soybean cy..

NASA sees another quick Tropical Cyclone demise in South Pacific

Credit: Credits: NASA/NRL NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the end of Tropical Cyclone 8P as it was being sheared apart by strong vertical wind shear. Tropical Cyclone 8P "lived an..

Study reveals PGK1 enzyme as therapeutic target for deadliest brain cancer

Credit: MD Anderson Cancer Center Discovery of a dual role played by the enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK1) may indicate a new therapeutic target for glioblastoma, an often fatal form of brain..

Researchers uncover a role for HSP90 in gene-environment interactions in humans

February 23, 2017 (Cambridge, MA) -- Proteins do most of the work inside the human body, supporting the structure, function, regulation, and repair of organs, tissues and cells. Proteins are synthesiz..