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Identifying cancer genes Will it really lead to better treatment?

...gets herald a different approach, and are becoming increasingly important in the search for effective cancer treatments. Genes are implicated in cancer in a number of ways as oncogenes, which drive cancer forward, as tumour suppressor genes that slow down cell division, and as DNA repair genes, which help to k...

Harvard Medical School launches new department to study human biology at the level of whole systems

...the tiniest pieces that we are made of, it becomes increasingly clear that we do not understand how they work together as systems," says Marc Kirschner, PhD, the first chair of the new department. "We need to build on the foundation of molecular biology to construct an understanding of the architecture of the cel...

The American Academy of Microbiology releases report

...s that process global cycling of nutrients, to the increasingly important problem of antibiotic resistance. A new report from the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), entitled "Microbial Communities: From Life Apart to Life Together," presents issues surrounding microbial communities and their role in human h...

Americans' knowledge of genetically modified foods remains low and opinions on safety still split

...out GM foods remains low even as GM technology is increasingly applied to agriculture. In 2001, 44% had heard a great deal or some about genetically modified foods; today, that number is 34%, a 10 point decline. Similarly, 45% had heard a great deal or some about biotechnology use in food production; today, th...

Long-term natural gas supplies should meet growing demand in coming decades, study finds

...ess traditional sources of natural gas will become increasingly important in meeting the demand. International trade also will become more prevalent in U.S. markets, either as liquefied natural gas or as direct imports from Canada. Price competition If recent government projections are correct, natural gas pric...

And the beat goes on: New insight into the genetics of congenital heart disease

... in others, and at different times, is becoming an increasingly important tool. Dr Jiao, as well as scientists here at Duke Medical Center, are using this approach to alter the levels of other genes besides Bmp4. As the big picture emerges it may reveal new insights into congenital heart malformations and perha...

New technology helps fire managers anticipate smoke problems

... use of prescribed fire increased, smoke became an increasingly difficult problem. Smoke doesn't know about fences making it difficult to coordinate across land ownerships. So we came up with the idea of a centralized, automated system." The BlueSkyRAINS was created by Ferguson and her team by partnering with th...

Tourism to Earth's most threatened areas surges by over 100 percent in last decade

...ter supplies. In addition, tourism development is increasingly linked to the economies of the world's developing countries, which are often home to high biodiversity areas. Tourism is a principal export of the 49 least-developed countries and number one for 37 of them. While economically significant, tourism c...

New research finds garlic kills slugs

...verall cost to the UK is around 30m. Growers are increasingly seeking alternative solutions to traditional pesticides, however, as ever-tightening regulations governing the use of chemicals may mean that some products could be withdrawn. Garlic is already being used in some products as a mollusc repellent but...

Coal-eating bacteria may improve methane recovery

...without releasing sulfur contaminants, is becoming increasingly important as a natural gas fuel in the U.S. But the process of recovering methane, which is often trapped within porous, unrecovered or waste coal, produces large amounts of water contaminated with salts, organic compounds, metals, and naturally occu...

Potent toxin reveals new antibiotic resistance mechanism

...e to treat infection, making once-miraculous drugs increasingly impotent. Now, adding to the mix of devices dangerous microbes deploy to evade destruction by antibiotics, scientists have discovered another way pathogens escape from the most potent drugs: self-sacrifice. It is the equivalent of the courageous sold...

Male baboons recognize and care for their own offspring

...ward their own offspring," said Alberts. "They had increasingly concluded that these apparent paternal caring behaviors are really a mating effort; that males care for the kids as an incentive for the mother to mate with them. "The reason that laboratory studies were not successful, we believe, is that they atte...

UGA receives $6.7 M grant that will add knowledge in fights against cancer, Parkinson's disease

...sts from Japan. "We are delighted that our work is increasingly drawing this kind of support," said Michael Pierce, principal investigator for the grant and faculty member at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. "It demonstrates the high quality of our...

Improving bone implant technology

...ell differentiation, and bone healing around these increasingly common devices. To Load or Not to Load Many people who receive implants recover well as healthy tissue regenerates to lock the implanted material to the surrounding bone. Through a process of cell differentiation, the new tissue eventually becomes no...

A new support forum for small-to-medium enterprises

...ged that Europe's economic development is becoming increasingly dependent on small-to-medium enterprises, or SMEs (enterprises with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover not exceeding 50 million Euros or an annual balance-sheet total not exceeding 43 million Euros). But these lean, mean companies lack...

Canada, US launch collaborative research programs for circulatory and respiratory health

...-third of all deaths -- each year. CVD is becoming increasingly prevalent in developing countries and, by 2010, CVD is expected to kill more people in developing countries than infectious disease, according to the World Health Organization. "This unique programmatic collaboration will bring together scientists...

Modern global warming more damaging than in the past

...ts of natural habitat. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult for species to colonize areas that become habitable under a changing climate. "Humankind has fragmented natural habitats to such a degree that many species will not be able to track a warming climate," Foufopoulos said. "There might be bui...

Trawlers threaten ocean's biodiversity

...per waters in search of new catches. The boats are increasingly targeting pristine oceanic seamounts, home to highly marketable species such as orange roughy, alfonsino and deep-water redfish. Trawlers are often the first to discover seamounts, which they target using sophisticated sonar equipment. But bottom-tr...

Couch potatoes may be created in the womb, not at the dinner table

...ommon biological cause. Background Obesity is an increasingly prevalent, costly, and important health problem worldwide. In Western societies such as the United States, the incidence of obesity is approximately 32 percent of the adult population, and the prevalence in children has risen by approximately 40 perc...

Global analysis finds a large portion of the earth is still wilderness

... land largely intact and uninhabited, but they are increasingly under threat" he warned. Only five wilderness areas are considered "high-biodiversity wilderness areas" because they contain at least 1,500 endemic vascular plant species, the same criterion used for defining 'biodiversity hotspots.' These five area...

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