Latest Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Stories

2009-01-12 12:17:33

New report in the FASEB Journal describes organic material that supports and attracts cells necessary for muscle repairImagine new treatments for heart disease or muscle loss that direct the body to repair damaged tissue rather than helping it cope with a weakened condition. That's not hard to do thanks to Canadian researchers, who for the first time, have developed an organic substance that attracts and supports cells necessary for tissue repair and can be directly injected into problem...

2009-01-05 13:39:36

New article in the FASEB Journal explains how 'cluster mutations' help us adapt to infection With cold and flu season in full swing, the fact that viruses and bacteria rapidly evolve is apparent with every sneeze, sniffle, and cough. A new report in the January 2009 issue of The FASEB Journal, explains for the first time how humans keep up with microbes by rearranging the genes that make antibodies to foreign invaders. This research fills a significant gap in our understanding of how the...

2008-12-16 15:37:03

New article in the FASEB Journal shows that caffeine during pregnancy affects heart development and function A new study published online in The FASEB Journal shows that the equivalent of one dose of caffeine (just two cups of coffee) ingested during pregnancy may be enough to affect fetal heart development and then reduce heart function over the entire lifespan of the child. In addition, the researchers also found that this relatively minimal amount of exposure may lead to higher body fat...

2008-12-01 17:10:00

A stunning discovery based on epigenetics (the inheritance of propensities acquired in the womb) reveals that consuming choline"”a nutrient found in eggs and other foods"”during pregnancy may significantly affect breast cancer outcomes for a mother's offspring. This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect...

2008-07-02 16:05:03

MIT researchers offer tantalizing evidence on how to make people smarter, naturally New research findings published online in The FASEB Journal provide more evidence that if we get smart about what we eat, our intelligence can improve. According to MIT scientists, dietary nutrients found in a wide range of foods from infant formula to eggs increase brain synapses and improve cognitive abilities. "I hope human brains will, like those of experimental animals, respond to this kind of treatment...

2008-07-02 16:00:31

New study in the FASEB Journal shows how substances similar to THC are necessary for healthy skin and may lead to new skin disease treatments Scientists from Hungary, Germany and the U.K. have discovered that our own body not only makes chemical compounds similar to the active ingredient in marijuana (THC), but these play an important part in maintaining healthy skin. This finding on "endocannabinoids" just published online in, and scheduled for the October 2008 print issue of, The FASEB...

2008-04-30 08:56:26

New study in the FASEB Journal identifies c-FLIP and calpain-3 proteins as drug targets in limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and other conditionsA team of French and German researchers report in the May 2008 print issue of The FASEB Journal that people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy are missing a protein called c-FLIP, which the body uses to prevent the loss of muscle tissue. By targeting the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for creating this protein, scientists could develop...

2008-03-31 12:55:00

New study in The FASEB Journal describes the delivery of brain probes by eye dropBiologists have just confirmed what poets have known for centuries: eyes really are windows of the soul"”or at least of the brain. In a new study published in the April 2008 print issue of The FASEB Journal, Harvard researchers describe the development of gene probe eye drops that"”for the first time"”make it possible to monitor and detect tissue repair in the brain of living organisms using...

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