Briefs
Interdisciplinary Research
The Scientist Staff | Dec 5, 2005
These papers were selected from multiple disciplines from the Faculty of 1000, a Web-based literature awareness tool http://www.facultyof1000.com.N. Touret et al., "Quantitative and dynamic assessment of the contribution of the ER to phagosome formation," Cell, 123:157–170, Oct. 7, 2005.Aligning an impressive array of methods, this study provides strong evidence against the recently proposed model of a significant contribution of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes during early phagosome
Hormonal sibling rivalry
Stuart Blackman | Dec 5, 2005
Proteins that stimulate and repress appetite appear to be cut from the same cloth.
Worms sniff out harm
Susan Brown | Dec 5, 2005
Worms learn: If something makes you sick, don't eat it again.
Gene fusion identified in prostate cancer
Ishani Ganguli | Nov 21, 2005
Using a novel bioinformatics approach, researchers identified a gene fusion that seems to occur in a majority of prostate cancers.
Clues to cell death in ALS
Susan Brown | Nov 21, 2005
Neuronal cells clogged with a mutant protein associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) die within hours after clumps first form, researchers report.1 The finding directly links aggregation of malformed proteins with cell death characteristic of the disease, the authors claim.By watching individual cells over the course of 48 hours, Richard Morimoto at Northwestern University and colleagues demonstrated that most cultured neurons die between 6 and 24 hours after mutant superoxide dismut
A flavor for fat?
Stuart Blackman | Nov 21, 2005
Scientists have identified a candidate taste receptor for lipids.
Interdisciplinary Research
The Scientist Staff | Nov 7, 2005
These papers were selected from multiple disciplines from the Faculty of 1000, a Web-based literature awareness tool http://www.facultyof1000.com.A. O'Doherty et al., "An aneuploid mouse strain carrying human chromosome 21 with Down syndrome phenotypes," Science, 309:2033–7, Sept. 23, 2005.This is the first study to show that a human chromosome can be introduced into a mouse's germline and transmitted to successive generations. The authors introduced a copy of human chromosome 21. The mice
Cannabinoids boost neurogenesis?
Graciela Flores | Nov 7, 2005
Dope may help the growth of new brain cells.
Getting on top, genetically
Ishani Ganguli | Nov 7, 2005
Take the bully out of the schoolyard and another quickly takes his place.
Did SARS come from bats?
Charles Choi | Oct 24, 2005
Wild bats, rather than civet cats, may have been the source of the coronavirus behind the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003.