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OXiGENE, foundation fighting blindness sign research agreement for phase I/II clinical trial

...orses -- can deftlyevade the retina's defenses and combat degenerative diseases," saidGerald J. Chader, Ph.D., M.D., hc, The Foundation's chief scientificofficer. "The preliminary CA4P data presented at ARVO (Association forResearch in Vision and Ophthalmology) suggests that the compoundinhibits the growth ...

Oregon power companies offset carbon through investment in Ecuadors rainforest

To combat global warming while conserving biodiversity, Cons...continuing efforts to working with corporations to combat global warming," said Sonal I. Pandya, manager of Conservation International's Carbon Offsets Progra...

Scientists identify motor that powers parasitic cell invasion

The development of drugs to combat some of the world's most serious parasitic diseases is a step nearer with the discovery of a widely-shared gene that helps parasites to invade host cells. The new understanding of the gene's role in the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii gives ...

Oncologists evaluate Chinese herbal medicine

...rmony in the body) in order to preserve health and combat illnesses. There are around 250 types of common herbs to choose from and a combination of any of these will be prescribed to restore the balance. "It is a different concept to conventional medicine which is based on 'one drug for one disease'," he ...

Alzheimer's, nutrition, smallpox, and other 'Human Health Frontiers' addressed by AAAS speakers

... the food pyramid on its head, research efforts to combat bioterrorism, and new approaches for addressing chronic human conditions such as depression, substance abuse, cancer and spinal cord injury, were also discussed. A summary of presentations by topic follows, below. (Journalists, please cite the AAAS A...

Leading cancer research organization urges FDA to speed approval of drugs for precancers

... only five agents have been approved by the FDA to combat specific precancers in patients with high-risk of developing cancers: topical 5-FU for actinic kerotoses, a precancer of the skin; topical diclofenic, also for actinic kerotoses; intravescial BCG, for bladder cancer; tamoxifen, for ductal carcinoma t...

Molecular biology and biological control team up to thwart pests and weeds

...ditional biological-control techniques in order to combat insect pests and invasive plants. "One of the most effective means for dealing with invasive insect pests and weeds is classical biological control, which relies on the introduction of natural enemies of the invader from its native home," says Lester...

Eczema patients lack natural antibiotic in skin

...y, these antimicrobial peptides are also needed to combat viral infections and therefore could account for the susceptibility of atopic dermatitis patients to eczema vaccinatum and herpes simplex infections." Atopic dermatitis is a common, chronic skin disease characterized by dry, itchy and easily irritate...

NASA researchers developing tools to help track and predict West Nile Virus

...ful tools anddatabases for streamlining efforts to combat the disease. NASA's Public Health Applications Program focuses the resultsof research occurring at different NASA centers. The programis designed to eventually supply public health agencies withaccess to NASA's cutting-edge capabilities in formats th...

Researchers to toast good bacteria

...iatoms microscopic ocean dwellers that could help combat global warming by capturing carbon dioxide near the ocean's surface and carrying it into deeper waters. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Microbial Genome Program, the JGI has completed the sequencing of the genomes of the 11 lactic acid bac...

Database lets researchers worldwide access genome of malarial parasite

...uld speed the search for new drugs and vaccines to combat the disease. "The sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum has generated huge amounts of data," said David S. Roos, director of Penn's Genomics Institute, who has spearheaded the Plasmodium database project. "It is important to provide researchers with ac...

Mosquito genome sequence--Published in the journal Science

...nt, vaccines, and mosquito control is necessary to combat malaria in Africa, and new approaches in each of t...y modified mosquitoes might be an effective way to combat malaria. Under this scenario, GM mosquitoes, resistant to the malaria parasite, would be released in...

Scientists decipher genetic code of malaria parasite

... the groundwork for future research that will help combat malaria." Lessons From the Genetic Code The malaria parasite's success as a pathogen depends partly on its ability to evade elimination by the human immune system. Gardner said the genome analysis identified about 200 parasite genes that produce pr...

After massive experiment, results favor wildlife corridors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- To combat urban sprawl and protect wildlife, many communities have set aside land for wildlife corridors linking natural areas to one another. Public support for these greenways, however, has overshadowed a long-running debate among ecologists about whether th...

M. D. Anderson receives one of its largest private research gifts

...dge of an explosion of many possible strategies to combat and cure cancer. M. D. Anderson's efforts in translational research seem to be in line with the results we are hoping to accomplish with our support." Bill Goodwin adds, "We were very impressed with the research efforts taking place at M. D. Anders...

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2002

...stem whose purpose is to develop the Army's future combat system and give U.S. forces increased survivability and superior firepower. [Contact: Glenn Allgood] FORENSICS Invisible fingerprints . . . Law enforcement agencies could have another way to trace the origin of anthrax and other chemical or bi...

Hibernators may hold the key for better human organ preservation

...ates that cellular pathways are being activated to combat the stress, and does so through the production of defensive molecules. These molecules appear to help protect the hibernator from any damage that could occur. Carey says that it is likely that the intestinal cells are responding to stress and may be ...

Deer flies a biting problem? Oddly, 'trolling' may be just the ticket

...ter in Homestead, decided to try out such a rig to combat the deer flies that attacked her during her field research. Wanting to avoid wearing a flowerpot, she used a blue soda cup painted with Tanglefoot. "It worked wonderfully," she recalled. "I'd come back in, and I'd have 10 or 12 flies on my cap and no...

New approach to malaria vaccine effective in mice

...en percent of the world's population. New drugs to combat malaria are in great demand because the parasites that spread the disease are rapidly becoming resistant to the standard anti-malarial drugs, chloroquine and mefloquine. Although vaccines have been suggested as an alternative to drug therapy for mala...

New insights into insect antimicrobials point the way to novel antibiotics

...d lead to the development of new drugs tailored to combat E. coli. It may also be possible to develop drugs that would kill bacteria that are unresponsive to native pyrrhocoricin, but for which the DnaK structure is known. In related ongoing studies, Otvos and his team have shown that analogs of pyrrhocor...

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