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Rett Syndrome traced to defective gene 'silencer'

... the mutations affectingtheir RTT patients, Zoghbi believes that they will find the other mutations inthe DNA sequences of the MECP2 gene that have yet to be analyzed. Andwhile the discovery of the mutations may someday suggest possible therapies forthis tragic disorder, the more immediate result should be ...

Seeing one weapon from a food-borne pathogen

...other and the way bacteriacause disease. Bjorkman believes that similarities in the structures of invasin andfibronectin suggest the bacterial and host proteins bind to integrins in asimilar way. "Choosing an integrin as a receptor and copying the way a hostprotein binds to it ensures that the bacteria can i...

Jefferson scientists show drug is effective against a Hepatitis C Virus model in the laboratory

...ure model of HCV, frommaking more virus. Dr. Block believes this class of drugs, called glucosidaseinhibitors, "have a reasonable likelihood of working against HCVtherapeutically." Because HCV cannot be grown in the lab, researchers use BVDVas a testing model. "This is the first drug since alpha-inter...

Counting elephants by monitoring sounds

...ronicle the animals' presence andabundance, and he believes that now is the time to attempt acoustic monitoring. "If we had some way of knowing when the elephants are moving up and down thevalley, we could then get a handle on the reasons for that movement," Barnessays. That is the question for resear...

Eastern U.S. benefits from emissions trading by power plants

...te issues of concern." Nonetheless, Burtraw still believes SO2 tradingand banking have "led to health-related benefits nationally." "Health-related benefits resulting from trading in 2005 are estimated to be $125million," according to the study. The health estimate does not take intoaccount future health be...

Scientists discover addition of new brain cells in highest brain area

...s more like that of songbirds," saysNottebohm, who believes that theories of the brain have been too"human-centric." "It is a very interesting paper," Nottebohm says. "And I think it will do thefield a great deal of good." For their experiments, Gould and Gross took advantage of the unique propertiesof a chem...

New paleontology research from Natural History Museum of L.A. at international conference

... newdiscoveries. Based upon his research, Whistler believes this new species livedundetected for more than 15 ...f the teeth and thesize of the serrations. Stewart believes this confirms the theory that the Great White Shark did not evolve from themega-toothed sharks, but ...

Harvard and Alexion researchers report successful transplantation of immuneprotected neurons in primate model of Parkinson's disease

...o intervene in the complementcascade. The company believes that these proprietary C5 inhibitors intervene atan optimal point which generally preserves the normal disease-preventingfunctions of complement proteins while generally inhibiting the disease causingactions. 5G1.1 is a novel fully humanized monoclo...

Yale and Alexion report advance in spinal cord repair

...d the injuredfragment of the spinal cord. Alexion believes that these results represent acritical milestone in progressing its spinal cord product into patient trials. The report, entitled "Xenotransplantation of Transgenic Pig Myelin Forming CellsPromotes Axonal Regeneration and Restores Conduction Across t...

New evidence pushes back age of sex-determining chromosomes

...sed on this and earlier work by other groups, Page believes there is a setpathway for creating a pair of sex chromosomes. In some species, sex can bedetermined with no genetic differences in chromosomes. In crocodiles andturtles, for example, the temperature at which an egg is incubated determinesthe animal's...

Human genome bears a virus related to HIV-1

...ined Cullen. But beyond such implications, Cullen believes there is a more important insight coming out of this work with K-Rev. "If we had a better idea of how viruses evolve, we might develop better strategies for countering the threats of viral infection," Cullen said....

U-M scientist discover how viruses hide inside human cells

...is expressed in all KSHV-infected cells, Robertson believes they may have similar functions. "We haven't linked all the pieces yet, but it is extremely likely that EBNA1 is part of a similar tethering mechanism for Epstein-Barr viral DNA," he said. "If there are two viruses with the same mechanism, then the...

Drinking during pregnancy has yet another consequence: premature delivery

...eriod (day 16 of a 19-day gestation period). Cook believes a comparable "critical period" may exist in humans. "We don't know yet when this very critical, narrow window is," said Cook. "But let's say it's a two-week period. We need to figure that out. If women are binge drinking during that two-week perio...

Giant plant-eating dinosaur found; two cast skeletons to be unveiled

...m observations it made of elephants, Sereno's team believes that despite its enormous size, Jobaria moved gracefully, with its feet set close to each other under the body. "Its proportions were elephant-like, and its bones could have supported its body mass when rearing during feeding or in courtship contest...

How alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

...o best understand how to restore activity." Shen believes future research needs to focus more on the midbrain activity of dopamine neurons instead of their subsequent release into the forebrain area, in order to understand the real reasons for diminished dopamine activity. "We would like people to understa...

Scientists discover how to make nanostructures assemble themselves

...aradigm shift in how you make memory." Chou also believes LISA could be valuable to biophysicists at Princet...ISA in the same material used in Plexiglas, but he believes the technique will work with metals and other non-polymer materials. Imprinting and photolithography...

New tool for comparative gene studies

...d beetle, as well as fruit fly embryonic cells and believes the virus will prove effective in a wide range of other species. The results of his findings are published in the November 18 issue of Current Biology. "The baculovirus vector can easily infect a wide range of species," says Patel. "But outside of...

MGH researchers first to identify genetic malfunction in type 1 diabetes

...ble for encoding MHC Class II molecules. Her team believes that the actual problems arise with proteins that play key roles in the processing of self-peptides for display in MHC Class I molecules - proteins whose genes lie in the middle of the Class II genes. Two of the proteins the researchers have been fo...

Major grant to aid McGill University professor's efforts to improve school science teaching

...es beforefield testing in the schools. Dr. Alters believes the three-year project will have a wide and stimulating outreach. "It willinvolve 60 graduate education students, 60 graduate science students, and 180 elementary and secondaryteachers representing over 80,000 students," he explained. "The anticipa...

Abgenix reports positive clinical data with ABX-IL8 in Psoriasis

...genix has developed XenoMouse technology, which it believes enables quick generation of high affinity, fully human antibody product candidates to essentially any disease target appropriate for antibody therapy. Abgenix has collaborative arrangements with multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies inv...

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