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Biosense Webster receives FDA approval for technology to treat patients with heart rhythm disease

...or of the Arrhythmology Department. "It is a true breakthrough technology as one can, for the first time, perform the procedure from a remote location, such as the control room." Biosense Webster President Roy Tanaka commented, "Since its inception, Biosense Webster has partnered with the electrophysiology co...

Companies license real-time pathogen detection technology developed at Kent State, NEOUCOM

...is required," said Dr. Niehaus. "The biosensor breakthrough by Kent State and NEOUCOM researchers is a shining example of the power of partnerships and compelling proof of the key role public universities play in addressing public needs," said Kent State President Carol A. Cartwright, Ph.D. "In this case, the...

Sea coral's trick helps scientists tag proteins

... of refined high-performance GFP mutants. A major breakthrough in fluorescent protein applications came when Sergey Lukyanov first found GFP-like proteins in corals, Zimmer said. Before Lukyanov, no one had looked for GFP-like proteins in corals because they do not glow in the dark like fireflies and jellyfish. ...

Rutgers researchers find fat gene

...rmation of fats triglycerides, specifically. The breakthrough for Carman's group grew out of work with ordinary baker's yeast; a simple single cell organism. "We isolated the PAP enzyme from yeast that corresponds in form to lipin in mammals and showed that yeast cells lacking the enzyme exhibited a 90 percent ...

Discovery of new molecular tools for biosynthesis could lead to advances in use of pectin

...ls. Now, in what has been described as a "crucial breakthrough in pectin biosynthesis," a team of researchers at ...in lowers serum cholesterol levels.) While not the breakthrough that will allow immediate manipulation of total pectin biosynthesis, it is, one of the researchers i...

Rice bioengineers pioneer techniques for knee repair

HOUSTON, March 27, 2006 A breakthrough self-assembly technique for growing replacement cartilage offers the first hope of replacing the entire articular surface of knees damaged by arthritis. The technique, developed at Rice University's Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory, is descr...

Carbon nanotube absorption measured in worms, cancer cells

...arbon nanoparticles into worms and cancer cells, a breakthrough that will revolutionize scientists' understanding of how the particles impact the living environment. A team led by U-M chemical engineering professor Walter J. Weber Jr. tagged multi-walled carbon nanotubes---one of the most promising nanomaterials...

Media Invite: Dinner to award prize for Progress in Cancer Research

...i Prize Committee selected Dr. Dvorak based on his breakthrough discovery of vascular permeability factor/vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VPF/VEGF) and that contribution that has led to a series of discoveries which both elucidated the mechanisms of angiogenesis as well as the development of antibodies a...

One big biology question solved

...sperm and females produce eggs. The finding is a breakthrough that could lead to improved infertility treatment, cancer therapy and pest management. The team, led by Dr Josephine Bowles and Professor Peter Koopman from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland, has discovered that ...

Two Yale biologists win 2006 Gairdner Awards for medical research

...le biologists and three other scientists for their breakthrough research on RNAs, cell motility and hormones. "The 2006 awards honor outstanding achievements in our understanding of our cells with major ramifications for cancer, nutrition, auto-immune disease, atherosclerosis and hormone action," said John Dirks,...

Blood pressure medication may revolutionize treatment of Marfan syndrome

... 1991, Dietz and his colleagues made a significant breakthrough when they showed that mutations in the fibrillin-1 gene cause Marfan syndrome. Fibrillin-1 is a protein that is required during development to make elastic fibers in a range of tissues throughout the body. But the cause for celebration was relativel...

Rutgers team's coal-to-diesel breakthrough could drastically cut oil imports

... 40 times those of oil. Goldman explained that the breakthrough technology employs a pair of catalytic chemical reactions that operate in tandem, one of which captured the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This dynamic chemical duo revamps the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process for generating synthetic petroleum substitut...

Interdisciplinary team develops guidelines for treating severely injured patients

...ctor Jeremy M. Berg, Ph.D. "But we expect the real breakthrough to come when genetic data from the project helps physicians tailor treatments for each critically injured patient." While the inflammation glue grant focuses on the care of patients once at the hospital, a complementary NIH program, the Resuscitatio...

The greenbeards have blue throats in a breakthrough study of the evolution of altruistic behavior

...n as "greenbeard" altruism. "This reflects a major breakthrough in our understanding of how cooperative behavior arises from genes," said Barry Sinervo, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCSC and first author of a paper describing the new findings. The paper will be published in the May 9 issue of ...

Important gene controlling tree growth and development found

...f Agricultural Sciences (SLU) report today about a breakthrough in our understanding of how the growth and develop...in all these processes was highly unexpected. The breakthrough for our understanding of the regulation of tree growth and development might revolutionize forest tr...

OHSU researcher develops first animal model to treat devasting head and neck cancers

... M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues report their research breakthrough in the May 15 issue of Genes & Development. "This is the first animal model that mimics human head and neck cancer at both the pathological and the molecular levels with 100 percent incidence," Wang said. While scientists have identified some...

'Pinball protons' created by ultraviolet rays and other causes can lead to DNA damage

... wire" in constructing electrical circuits. Such a breakthrough would allow small electronic devices to shrink even further, but how the electrical properties of DNA would work in such a context is not yet understood. The UGA research adds important knowledge about how so-called "deprotonated" DNA base pairs work...

HPV Vaccine: What's next

...ervical cancers. It is being hailed as the biggest breakthrough in women's reproductive cancers since the Pap smear. But there are still several important milestones left to conquer, says Warner Huh, M.D., gynecologic oncologist and an investigator on the Merck trials and GlaxoSmithKline's HPV vaccine clinical ...

Harvard Medical signs agreement with Merck to develop potential therapy for macular degeneration

... with Harvard on the development of this potential breakthrough technology to treat dry AMD," said Dr. Robert Gould, Vice President Worldwide Licensing and External Research at Merck. "Merck has a long history of research and marketing in ophthalmology including the introduction of the first glaucoma therapy in 1...

RNAi Global Initiative members advance standards for genome-wide RNAi research in second meeting

...and development. However, experience with previous breakthrough technologies has shown that intra- and inter-laboratory variations are common at the outset and can limit the ultimate utility of early results. The initial data presented at the second meeting of RNAi Global in Washington, D.C. in April demonstrated...

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