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Key to Triplet Repeat Brain Diseases Open Door For New Way To Understand, Treat Genetic Diseases"

...t their theory of triplet repeat diseases wouldnot apply to those that contain stuttering sequences in the "junk"area of the genome, since those areas do not encode for protein production.The genetic disease called myotonic dystrophy is an example of such a disorder. The interdisciplinary research under R...

Scientists Identify Retrovirus-Like Components In Corn Genome

...such a mechanism exists, scientists may be able to apply it to help animals and humans fight retroviruses, which cause a number of devastating illnesses such as some forms of cancer and AIDS," Bennetzen says. The group also is trying to answer other questions raised by the findings, such as where the mobil...

Vietnamese Chemist Finds New Use For Old Cashew Shells

...University. "Once we develop applications, we can apply them to industry.Then, other countries may want to use our methods and materials,"said Vu. That would bring a big boost to the economy of Vietnam, but itwould also mean long-term environmental benefits. Relying onrenewable resources rather than oil-b...

Duke University Students Devise Devices For The Disabled

...edical engineering seniors and graduate studentsto apply their knowledge and innovation to a "real world" projectaddressing unmet needs of the handicapped. In this case, it put students Brian Feldman, Donna Geddes and Larry Maciolekon a 20-hour-a-week regimen of brainstorming, parts scrounging, buildingan...

Prostate Cancer's Aggressiveness May Be Predicted Early By The Ratio Of Free To Total PSA

...ar for up to 14 years. For more information, or to apply for the study, contact the NCI at 1-800-4-CANCER. In 1997, an estimated 334,500 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and prostate cancer will be responsible for an estimated 41,800 deaths. Prostate cancer rates are 37 percent higher for b...

Hopkins Engineering Undergrads' Inventions: Power Tools For Double Amputee, Military Surveillance Robot

...anexcellent class. Not only do the students get to apply theengineering skills they've learned in class, but they have to beable to present an oral report and a written report. They had todo a lot of research to find out what components are availableand what has to be machined. And they had to work within ...

Natural Shelters on Leaves House Plant Bodyguards

...y chemical pesticides," Agrawalsaid. Most growers apply sulfur, oils and mostly chemical miticides in an attemptto control spider mites. With the use of two pesticide sprays, 5 percentof the cotton yield is usually lost to spider mites. If untreated, a cottonfield can be thoroughly devastated by the mites...

Stopping "Cellular Suicide" Could Boost Production In Biotech Labs

...top signalsare. Then, as an engineer, my job is to apply those stop signalsto the celllines that I'm developing." One potential stop signal is membrane protein called bcl-2. Whenthismaterial is inserted during the genetic engineering of a new cellline, itappears to shut down the suicidal impulses, Betenbau...

Purdue Researchers Track Oil Spill's Effects On Sea Otters

...onment is affecting them. "Ultimately, I'd like to apply what we learn in Alaska to other marine ecosystems that may become contaminated with pollutants, such as busy harbors and channels. It would be interesting to compare the level of exposure in animals in contaminated areas to those in remote areas, an...

Regulator Of Fat Thermostat Found

...obese. Dagogo-Jack notes that the findings may not apply to peoplewho are morbidly obese, defined as having a BMI of 35 or above. "The ability to keep increasing leptin production may fail at some point ofmassive obesity," he says. Future studies with dexamethasone and other steroidhormones as stimulants w...

National Laboratory Known For Environmental Technology Directing Attention On Solving Agriculture And Food Processing Problems

...ocessingInitiative, established in late 1997, will apply the laboratory's significantresearch and development capabilities to a number of agriculture-related issuesfacing the nation and world. Key focus areas of the initiative are: enhancing the stewardship of energy and environmental resources a...

Research Aims At Nation's First 'Smart' Ground Water Regulations

...agrichemical regulations in Indiana. "Other states apply blanket regulations, but Indiana is looking to do something somewhat different," Engel says. "Instead of just using one number, and saying that that is the proper amount of pesticide to use throughout the state, we're working to create an on-line com...

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Investigators

...oma. "We plan to take our newfindings with APL and apply them to design transcription therapy for patientswith non-Hodgkin's lymphoma," said Dr. Pandolfi, who is currently planning sucha clinical trial. Researchers intend to evaluate Trichostatin A as well as asimilar drug called sodium phenylbutyrate. ...

UNESCO Director-General Reaffirms That Human Cloning Is Contrary To Human Dignity

... The Declaration is thefirst international text to apply the ethical standards of human rights topotential interventions in the human genome. It expresses the desire of theinternational community to shoulder its responsibility with respect to one ofthe major challenges facing humanity at the close of the c...

Selenium Soil Contamination: Possible New Approach Identified

...tions they have identified in selenium should also apply toother trace contaminants as well, such as chromium, and chlorinatedhydrocarbons. The researchers analyzed their reactions using various x-ray beamtechniques, including x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), and extendedx-ray absorpti...

IFT Report Describes Challenges Of Food Industry Stepping Up To The P(a)lates Of Consumers

...s, which means that manufacturers must stringently apply controlmeasures to refrigerated foods with extended shelf life. According to Marth, good manufacturing practices (GMPs), sanitation, andhygiene are key to microbiological control. These include using high-qualityraw materials with low levels...

Good Ergonomics Is Good Economics

...man-system interface technology. As a practice, we apply human-system interface technology to the analysis, design, evaluation, standardization, and control of systems. It is this technology that clearly defines us as a unique, stand-alone discipline, that identifies who we are, what we do, and what we off...

Microsurgery Made More Accurate With Virtual Measuring Tool

...recorder for subsequent analysis (See Fig. 1). To apply the VTM, the stereo-video image signal is sampled ... the VTM pointer to the black dot targets and then apply the "feature grab" option to complete the measurement. The absolute distance between the two dots as...

Washington University Licenses Its New Antibacterial Technology

...ectthe kidney and bladder. But the same principles apply to many other pathogens,including those that cause middle-ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis andgonorrhea. "The knowledge that we generated by studying the structure andfunction of microbial attachment has provided a blueprint for the development ...

At Life's Most Sensitive Stage, Embryos Cope With Stress

...aveidentified some contributing factors that could apply to amphibians in manylocations if their embryos are exposed to extra ultraviolet light from the sun,thanks to a thinning ozone layer. When frog eggs are exposed to ultraviolet-B radiation, the light damages theembryos1 DNA. The damage can cause muta...

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