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Student science contest participation influences study, career choices, alumni say

...hopes of finding more clues as what causes various forms of dementia, including Alzhemier's disease. "It really opened my mind to what goes on in real research labs and became a big influence in my career choice." Robert Merson "It was my first experience in applying science...

New study shows hope for treating inhalant abuse

...ain. Inhalant abuse is among the most common forms of drug abuse, particularly among pre- and early adolescents, who inhale or "huff" chemical vapors found in many common household products that are not generally thought of as drugs. Seventy-one percent of inhalant users are 12 to 25 year olds, acco...

Rare childhood genetic syndrome identified

... whether this calcium channel is involved in other forms of autism....

UT Southwestern biochemist honored with NIH Director's Pioneer Award

...covery in the treatment of potentially significant forms of mood disorder. "Taking major risks and achieving momentous accomplishments have characterized Steve McKnight's career," said Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president of UT Southwestern. "His groundbreaking discoveries of the mechanisms responsible for...

Atacama rover helps NASA learn to search for life on Mars

..., helping NASA learn more about how primitive life forms could exist on Mars. The NASA-funded researchers are studying the Atacama Desert, described as the most arid region on Earth, to understand the desert as a habitat that represents one of the limits of life on Earth. The project, part of NASA's Astro...

Hidden diversity: DNA 'barcoding' reveals a common butterfly is actually 10 different species

...omplex of a number of separate species whose adult forms looked remarkably similar. When the centuries-old method of telling insects apart -- the examination of their genitalia by John Burns at the Smithsonian Institution - proved inconclusive, the team turned to a recently emerging method for discriminat...

Brown research reveals key insight into memory-making

...and word meanings. Scientists believe that certain forms of mental retardation and diseases such as Alzheimer's are linked to nerve cell dysfunction in the hippocampus. The new research provides new targets for drugs or other treatments for these conditions. Esther Penick and Jeffrey Edwards, postdoctoral ...

Cannabis may help combat cancer-causing herpes viruses

...ocannbinol or THC, may block the spread of several forms of cancer causing herpes viruses, University of South Florida College of Medicine scientists report. The findings, published Sept. 15 in the online journal BMC Medicine, could lead to the creation of antiviral drugs based on nonpsychoactive derivat...

'Smart antibiotics' may result from UCLA research

...emical properties, and to determine whether higher forms of life have similar cassettes. "We're now searching the genomes of higher life forms," Miller said. Miller believes his research team will be able to exploit the new knowledge to generate proteins in the laboratory that will bind to almost any...

Scientists discover potential new way to control drug-resistant bacteria

...hemical properties and to determine whether higher forms of life have similar classes of genes. He believes that, in time, they will be able to use the knowledge gleaned from this discovery to generate proteins in the laboratory that will bind to almost any molecule of interest. ...

Certain genes boost fish oils' protection against breast cancer

...r. Women with a combination of the lowest-activity forms of GSTM1 and GSTP1 had 64 percent lower risk of th...nd women with a combination of the lowest-activity forms of GSTT1 and GSTP1 had a 74 percent lower risk of the cancer. Among women with high-activity version...

Experimental drug shown to block mutant protein causing blood disease

... have been discovered to be major culprits in many forms of cancer. Because inhibitor drugs strike the abnormal kinases in cancer cells without harming normal tissue, they are associated with fewer side effects than standard cancer drugs. In the study, mice with MPD that were treated with the oral compound...

'Fossil genes' reveal how life sheds form and function

...traits and features are discarded by virtually all forms of life when they are no longer needed. "Many people think evolution is always happening in a forward direction," that new features are just tacked on, says Sean B. Carroll, a professor of molecular biology at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at t...

DuPont introduces in-home personal protection from dangers of hurricanes

...nd law enforcement from harm that can come in many forms including bullets, shrapnel and knives. "The DuPont TM StormRoom TM with Kevlar uses the same molecular science and high-performance material found in the bullet-resistant vests that help protect military personnel and police around the world," s...

Prion propagation: Avoiding the toxic oligomer

...c oligomers. In yeast, the Sup35 protein forms self-replicating aggregations reminiscent of amyloid formation and prion propagation. Though yeast aren't susceptible to prion diseases, they do assume what scientists call the yeast prion state. Two protein domains called NM together form self-propa...

Amyloid fibers sprout one step at a time

...onsist only of aberrant proteins that misfold into forms that, in turn, induce normal proteins to misfold. ...le about the underlying mechanism by which amyloid forms and grows." For example, said Weissman, evidence is accumulating that it is not the plaque itself t...

Human chromosome 5 final sequence analysis released to public

...in some 3,000 genes, including those implicated in forms of kidney disease, prostate and colorectal cancer,...he same deletion can have much more or less severe forms of the disease. It turns out that the region contains many duplications and other rearrangements and...

A liking for sweets, combined with novelty seeking, may predict alcoholism

...lcoholism, compared with patients with nonfamilial forms of alcoholism, said Kampov. It is believed that high novelty seeking causes early experimentation with alcohol and, as a result, higher lifetime rates of heavy drinking, alcohol abuse and dependence. In the past, there were several attempts to use ...

IBD (Crohn's, Colitis) 'joins' cancer, inflammatory diseases in associated blood vessel growth

... approach for IBD," similar to approaches in other forms of chronic inflammation, Danese said. "These results provide the initial material and conceptual framework for investigating angiogenesis in IBD both as a pathogenic component as well as a possible therapeutic target," he added. Methodology and re...

There and back again

...cells that had been electroporated with the mutant forms of Cdc42 and observe as they contributed to somite...ion of dominant negative and constitutively active forms of Rac1 also indicated a role for that molecule in the mesenchymal-epithelial transition. Rac1 appea...

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