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Erasing snail memories

By | May 5, 2011

New research from the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests doctors may someday be able to erase memories from individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. 


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Bin Laden's DNA

By | May 5, 2011

In addition to visual recognition, Osama bin Laden’s identity was confirmed through DNA tests, US officials confirmed on Monday (May 2).


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Former CDC director dies

By | May 5, 2011

David Sencer, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1966 through 1977, died in Atlanta on Monday due to complications with heart disease, according to the New York Times. He was 86. Sencer coordinated the CDC's effo


Top 7 immunology papers

By | September 28, 2010

linkurl:1. Diabetes drug details unveiled; Researchers uncovered the details of how a common diabetes treatment works -- by blocking the phosphorylation of a master regulator of fat development, thereby suppressing the activation of genes that promote insulin insensitivity -- providing clues that may help reduce side effects, such as weight gain. J.H. Choi et al., "Anti-diabetic drugs inhibit obesity-linked phosphorylation of PPARgamma by Cdk5," linkurl:__Nature,__;http:


Video: See fungal spores fly

By | September 27, 2010

In a remarkable display of cooperation, specialized fungi eject spores sitting atop their fruiting bodies at high speeds in rapid succession to generate a miniature wind current that carries their progeny 20 times farther than a single spore could travel on its own. Spore puffs from Sclerotinia sclerotiorumImage: M. RoperCombining mathematical theory with high speed video, a team led by applied mathematician linkurl:Marcus Roper; of the University


More retractions from Nobelist

By | September 23, 2010

Two prominent journals have retracted papers by Nobel laureate Linda Buck today because she was "unable to reproduce [the] key findings" of experiments done by her former postdoctoral researcher Zhihua Zou.


T cells attack neurons in MS

By | September 23, 2010

In a rare glimpse inside a diseased brain, researchers watch for the first time as immune cells directly attack neurons in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS). Published this week in linkurl:Immunity,; the surprising role of T helper cells in neurodegeneration may provide a novel therapeutic target for blocking neuron dysfunction in patients with MS. Brain with MS lesions U.S. Brookhaven National Laboratory, linkurl:Wikimedia Commons;


Immune response feeds parasite

By | September 22, 2010

Salmonella is able to out compete resident gut microbes by deriving energy from the immune response that is supposed to combat the pathogen, according to a study published this week in Nature. Salmonella typhimuriumImage: Wikimedia commons, Volker Brinkmann, Max Planck Institutefor Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany"It was a surprise," said microbiologist linkurl:Samuel Miller; of the University of Washington, who was not involved in the resea


Postdoc fudged epigenetic data

By | September 22, 2010

A former postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University has reportedly falsified data presented in two figures of an epigenetics paper, according to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) linkurl:report; released late last month. Image:flickr/muhbabyfishThe data fabrication resulted in the retraction of a 2006 __Endocrinology__ linkurl:paper,; but a repeat of the original stu


Nobel hopefuls by the numbers

By | September 21, 2010

The researcher who developed induced pluripotent stem cells, the biochemist who invented DNA microarrays, and the immunologist who discovered dendritic cells are just a few of the scientists whose citation records are robust enough to attract a Nobel Prize this year, according to Thomson Reuters, the company that manages the Web of Science citation indexing tool -- brainchild of __The Scientist__ founder Eugene Garfield. The company released their 2010 Nobel Prize linkurl:predictions;http://scie


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