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Top killers share genes

By | April 12, 2010

Cancer, obesity, and even atherosclerosis share a common set of differentially expressed genes, suggesting a diverse number of human diseases share the same disrupted biological pathways, according to new research published this week in Cancer Cell. The genetic link also suggests that drugs currently used for the treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases might also be used against cancer, researchers say. DNA microarrayImage: Wikimedia commons, Guillaume Paumier "In any year, there a

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Hormones promote stem cell growth

By | April 11, 2010

Estrogen and progesterone promote the proliferation and activity of mouse mammary stem cells, according to new research published online today (April 11) at Nature -- possibly explaining the link between exposure to the hormones and breast cancer. Microphotography of a preparationof a healthy mammary gland Image: Wikimedia commons, linkurl:Luis A. Pardo et al.;http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Healthy_mammary_gland.jpg "It's a pretty good paper," said linkurl:John Stingl,;http://www.cambri

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Super Stemmys, a stem cell story

By | April 8, 2010

Stem cells to save the day! Or the heart, at least. That's the plot of a new children's book on adult (or repair) stem cells, published by the linkurl:Repair Stem Cell Institute;http://www.repairstemcells.org/ (RSCI) -- a Dallas- and Bangkok-based public affairs company that provides interested patients with contact information for stem cell treatment centers around the world. "It's a nice idea," said cell biologist Mahendra Rao of linkurl:Life Technologies,;http://www.lifetechnologies.com/hom

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Announcing The Scientist's Labbies

By | April 7, 2010

Is your lab keyed in to cutting-edge technologies that help disseminate your life science research? Enter your lab website, blog, research videos, slideshow, or other presentation for a chance to win one of The Scientist's 2010 multimedia awards -- the Labbies! Expanding on our linkurl:Video Awards from last year,;http://www.the-scientist.com/videoawards/ The Scientist is looking for scientists and scientific laboratories that show real tech savvy in presenting their research to the wider world

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Gut bacteria are what we eat

By | April 7, 2010

Gut microbes, which help humans degrade otherwise indigestible plant material, acquire some crucial digestive enzyme genes from the bacteria in the food we eat, according to a study published this week in Nature. This new finding provides an example of horizontal gene transfer by which diet can influence the genetic diversity and functionality of the human gut microbiome. Image: Wikimedia commons, Alessandro Scotti"It's a fascinating story," said microbiologist linkurl:Jeffrey Gordon;http://gor

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The stem cell banking crisis

By | April 7, 2010

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has allowed a contract for the dissemination of embryonic stem cell lines approved for US government funding to lapse, shuttering a key stem cell bank, and doubling the price researchers pay for samples of some human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines. Human embryonic stem cellsImage: Wikimedia commons, Nissim BenvenistyResearchers hoped that stem cell research would be moving forward by leaps and bounds with the number of hESC lines approved for federal fu

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Wildlife manager or exterminator?

By | April 6, 2010

Alaskan wildlife biologists are questioning the new head of the linkurl:Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation at the Department of Fish and Game;http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/ (ADFG) -- both his qualifications (or lack thereof) and his pro-hunter management strategies. A group of nearly 40 retired state biologists wrote a linkurl:letter;http://media.newsminer.com/docs/2010/rossiletter.pdf last month to linkurl:Denby Lloyd,;http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/commissioner/commissioner.php commission

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News in a nutshell

By | April 5, 2010

Image: Wikimedia commons, NASAScience to spaceSpace shuttle Discovery lifted off on schedule this morning (April 5) at 6:21 A.M., bringing a new micro-laboratory and other equipment and experiments to the International Space Station about 220 miles above Earth. The micro-laboratory, a joint venture between the Houston-based firm NanoRacks and a Kentucky-based non-profit space research collaboration called Kentucky Space, is the "first-of-its-kind" -- a "standardized, economical and lightweight t

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Beyond the field trip crowd

By | April 2, 2010

Most people who go to natural history museums come by way of a yellow school bus. linkurl:The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia;http://www.ansp.org/ is trying to broaden their audience and bring more adults into the museum. "For some reason natural history museums are thought of as a place for kids and they are," said Barbara Ciega, vice president of public operations for the Academy. She continued, "You can enjoy natural history as much as an adult as you could when you were a child.

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Father of liposomes dies

By | April 2, 2010

Alec Bangham, the researcher who in 1961 discovered liposomes -- tiny close-membraned vesicles -- died last month at the age of 88. A liposomeImage: Wikimedia commons, Dennis BartenTrained as a clinical pathologist, Bangham eventually switched paths to lead a 60-plus-year research career, during which time he became known as the father of liposomes, which have since been used to deliver drugs for cancer and other diseases. "[Alec] would have an idea, and he would not think about whether thi

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