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2012-03-13 08:54:20

Researchers at Duke University have determined the structure of a key molecule used to carry chemotherapy and other anti-viral drugs into cells. This discovery could help create drugs that work more effectively, without harming healthy cells or tissue. The researchers published the article with their findings on March 11, 2012 online in Nature. The senior author of these findings and assistant professor of biochemistry, Seok-Yong Lee, PhD said in the article “Knowing the structure...

2012-03-05 23:16:00

The increasing use of large breakwaters and other hard structures to reduce erosion in "living shorelines" along coastal estuaries may be no better for the environment than the ecologically harmful bulkheads they were designed to replace, according to a report this week by scientists at Duke and Western Carolina universities. Originally, living shorelines were designed to use natural methods such as replanted native marsh grasses and oyster reefs to stabilize and protect eroding...

2012-02-13 07:30:00

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. and PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences ("The Hamner") and Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE) ("Alexandria") formally announced today the launch of the Research Triangle Park ("RTP") Collaboration Consortium, a new and highly unique hub that will bring together North Carolina's world-renowned universities, innovative public and private companies, and leading international institutions to help...

2012-02-11 23:00:00

HensonFuerst Law Firm's case against Duke University over woman's treatment related to flawed cancer research trial and disgraced researcher Anil Potti is featured on CBS' "60 Minutes." Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) February 11, 2012 Attorney Thomas Henson, of HensonFuerst, P.A., law firm, Raleigh, NC, represents Walter Jacobs, featured in the CBS “60 Minutes” story, “Deception at Duke.” Henson, who appears in the story, is suing Duke University on behalf of Jacobs over the...

2012-02-09 16:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH) today announced the retirement of President and CEO Thomas J. Lewis, effective June 30, 2012. The Boards of TJUH and Jefferson Health System also have affirmed David McQuaid to continue in his current role as Chief Operating Officer and assume the title of President of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, effective July 1, 2012. "I have been afforded the unique...

2012-02-07 20:59:16

The abundance of false information available on the Internet, in movies and on TV has created a big challenge for educators. Students sometimes arrive in classrooms filled with inaccurate knowledge they are confident is correct, indicating it is deeply entrenched in their memory. According to Duke University researchers, educators might be able to help students overcome their misconceptions by correcting inaccurate information then having the students practice retrieving it from memory....

Lizard Study Analyzes Importance Of The Founder Effect
2012-02-03 05:54:43

A team of American researchers have reportedly completed what they are calling the first experimental study of the phenomenon known as the founder effect -- the loss of genetic variation that occurs when a new population is established created using a small group from a larger existing population -- in a natural setting. The researchers, whose work was published online Friday in Science Express and is scheduled to appear in the print journal Science on February 17, "had an unprecedented...

2012-01-27 10:53:35

Hundreds of rare, endemic species in the Central Andes remain unprotected and are increasingly under threat from development and climate change, according to a Duke University-led international study. "These species require unique ecological conditions and are particularly vulnerable to changes in the environment or climate. Yet our analysis shows that region-wide, about 80 percent of the areas with high numbers of these species lack any protection," said Jennifer Swenson, assistant...

2012-01-20 11:13:00

Study Identifies Changes to Vegetation Types, Impacts to Ranching, Carbon Storage SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Climate change is likely to harm California's economy by reducing the types of natural, non-irrigated vegetation available for livestock forage and the ability of forest ecosystems to store carbon dioxide, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the scientific journal Climatic Change. The ability of ecosystems to store carbon dioxide is a...

2012-01-06 10:31:44

Kids with Pompe disease fail because of a missing enzyme, GAA, that leads to dangerous sugar build-up, which affects muscles and movement. An enzyme replacement treatment pioneered at Duke University has saved many lives, but some children with Pompe disease produce an immune reaction that blocks the benefits of the life-saving enzyme treatment. To date there has been no success in eliminating or suppressing this immune response. Now research led by Duke University Medical Center, with...