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2013-02-04 10:28:23

Scientists have identified the gene essential for survival of antibody-producing cells, a finding that could lead to better treatments for diseases where these cells are out of control, such as myeloma and chronic immune disorders. The discovery that a gene called Mcl-1 is critical for keeping this vital immune cell population alive was made by researchers at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Associate Professor David Tarlinton, Dr Victor Peperzak and Dr Ingela Vikstrom from the...

2012-10-26 00:56:31

-Heart cells from patients with inherited heart muscle disease can now be studied in a petri dish without risk to patients, including the possibility of testing new treatments -Experiments performed on the cells show that the heart cell model matches that of the clinical features of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), an inherited heart muscle disease associated with sudden cardiac death -Landmark study published in European Heart Journal, a top ranking international...

Interview With Professor Shu Yang Of The University of Pennsylvania
2012-10-18 08:26:27

Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Color is all around us - from painted buildings, to stop signs, to butterfly wings. Traditionally, colorful compounds, called pigments, are added to material to give them the desired color. However, color can often fade and is susceptible to damage from environmental conditions, like rain. A more novel way to create color is to synthesize polymers to create surface types and colors for specific applications. However, creating...

Regenerated Lizard Tails Not A Perfect Match To Original Tail
2012-10-10 08:47:00

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some lizards have the innate ability to re-grow their tails when their original one gets severed. However, this natural regenerative ability does not occur in a perfect way. In other words, the new tail, based on studies by a team of scientists from two Arizona schools, is quite different from the original appendage it replaces. Scientists from Arizona State University and University of Arizona examined the anatomical and...

2012-09-24 12:50:10

Melbourne researchers have identified a new way of protecting female fertility, offering hope to women whose fertility may be compromised by the side-effects of cancer therapy or by premature menopause. The researchers, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Monash University and Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research, made the discovery while investigating how egg cells die. They found that two specific proteins, called PUMA and NOXA, cause the death of egg cells in the...

Student Gives Commands To Mars Rover
2012-08-21 15:24:37

Children are often mystified by remote control cars and how they can control them with a device while standing several feet away from them. This past week, Chris Tate was mystified by the same power–only he was controlling something 150 million miles away, on another planet. The UT physics doctoral student had the rare opportunity to control one of the science instruments on NASA´s Curiosity rover on Mars. Tate is working with Jeffrey Moersch, associate professor in the...

2012-07-25 06:35:46

By: Erika Dunayer, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Liver cancer is the third leading cancer killer worldwide. Now, researchers are working to crack the code to see what is causing it. Studies show that loss of a small RNA molecule in liver cells might cause liver cancer and that restoring the molecule might slow tumor growth and offer a new way to treat the disease. "In previous studies the microRNA-122 was very high in a normal liver but in a tumor it went down...

2012-07-24 13:27:18

Scientists have discovered the structure and operating procedures of a powerful anti-bacterial killing machine that could become an alternative to antibiotics. In research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, scientists from Monash University, The Rockefeller University and the University of Maryland detail how the bacteriophage lysin, PlyC, kills bacteria that cause infections from sore throats to pneumonia and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome....


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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