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2009-12-20 13:15:00

Boston University biomedical engineers have devised a method for making future genome sequencing faster and cheaper by dramatically reducing the amount of DNA required, thus eliminating the expensive, time-consuming and error-prone step of DNA amplification. In a study published in the Dec. 20 online edition of Nature Nanotechnology, a team led by Boston University Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Amit Meller details pioneering work in detecting DNA molecules as they pass through...

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2009-11-10 13:50:00

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are benefiting from powerful scans that allow doctors to see just how the brain changes in soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and concussion-like brain injuries, The Associated Press reported. The procedures may lead to easier diagnosis for patients - civilian or military - who struggle to get help for these largely invisible disorders. Now that scientists are learning where and how to look for such injuries, these problems that are too...

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2009-10-27 07:49:38

New technique for "seeing" how proteins interact is a potential game changer An interdisciplinary team of researchers has created a new, ultra-sensitive technique to analyze life-sustaining protein molecules. The technique may profoundly change the methodology of biomolecular studies and chart a new path to effective diagnostics and early treatment of complex diseases. Researchers from Boston University and Tufts University near Boston recently demonstrated an infrared spectroscopy technique...

2009-10-22 14:27:58

Scientists who study RNA have faced a formidable roadblock: trying to examine RNA's movements in a living cell when they can't see the RNA. Now, a new technology has given scientists the first look ever at RNA in a live bacteria cell"”a sight that could offer new information about how the molecule moves and works. Interest in RNA, which plays a key role in manufacturing proteins, has increased in recent years, due in large part to its potential in new drug therapies. RNA localization...

2009-09-21 08:00:00

BOSTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert K. Dodson, an educator with over 30 years' experience as a teacher and administrator at prestigious music schools in the United States and Canada, will serve as Director of the School of Music in the Boston University College of Fine Arts, announced Walt C. Meissner, Dean ad interim of the College. Dodson, who begins his appointment this month, comes to Boston University from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was Director...

2009-09-17 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, Boston University College of Fine Arts' InCite Arts Festival will take place in Washington, D.C., October 30 through November 2, under the artistic direction of Olney Theatre Center's Jim Petosa. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090917/DC76880 ) Conceived to share the dynamic artistic strengths and synergy of the College's schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, the InCite Arts Festival offers new and...

2009-09-01 17:15:00

In its quest to find new strategies to treat osteoarthritis and other diseases, a Boston University-led research team has reported finding a new computer tomography contrast agent for visualizing the special distributions of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) "“ the anionic sugars that account for the strength of joint cartilage.Assessing the local variations in GAGs are of significant interest for the study of cartilage biology and for the diagnosis of cartilage disease like osteoarthritis,...

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2009-08-13 09:45:00

A team of researchers from Boston University, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently made a discovery that changes a long held paradigm about how bacteria move through soft gels. They showed that the bacterium that causes human stomach ulcers uses a clever biochemical strategy to alter the physical properties of its environment, allowing it to move and survive and further colonize its host.The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports the...

2009-08-10 08:00:00

New Tool to be the Center of the One-of-a-Kind Program Focused on Healthy Eating Exclusive to the BU Community BOSTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College has introduced a new phase of the unique and innovative nutrition program for the students, faculty and staff of Boston University (BU) to enhance the Sargent Choice Healthy Dining Program. Since partnering with BU Dining Services in 2004 to offer a wide...

2009-07-16 08:30:00

When people learn they are predisposed to Alzheimer's disease, any depression or anxiety is not long lasting, a new study indicates.These findings help address a longstanding debate about whether learning such information might cause lasting psychological harm, at least among those with a family history of Alzheimer's disease, says Scott Roberts, a University of Michigan researcher at the School of Public Health and co-author of the study findings, which appear today in the New England...