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2011-09-21 19:09:39

Brain disorder accounts for 1 in 4 cases No cure exists for frontotemporal dementia, which strikes between the ages of 40 and 64 and accounts for at least one in four cases of early-onset dementia. Caused by the death of cells in the front and sides of the brain, the disease can lead to dramatic changes in a patient's personality and behavior, including the loss of the ability to communicate. Now UCLA scientists have discovered that a key signaling pathway plays an important role in the...

2011-09-19 21:56:15

When researchers discovered the primary genetic defect that causes cystic fibrosis (CF) back in 1989, they opened up a new realm of research into treatment and a cure for the disease. Since then, scientists have been able to clone the defective gene and study its effects in animals. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a technique for observing the defects at work in human tissue donated by patients with CF. This technique has yielded an...

2011-09-01 17:08:32

Salk scientists discover a highly conserved mechanism governing brain development If you think today's political rhetoric is overheated, imagine what goes on inside a vertebrate embryo. There, two armies whose agendas are poles apart, engage in a battle with consequences much more dire than whether the economy will recover---- they are battling for whether you (or frogs or chickens) will have a forebrain. In a study published in the August 19 online edition of Genes & Development,...

2011-08-30 11:15:03

Bleeding calf syndrome (bovine neonatal pancytopenia or BNP) affects new born calves resulting in low blood cell counts and depletion of the bone marrow. It first emerged in 2007 and a serious number of cases are reported each year. In affected calves, bone marrow cells which produce platelets are also destroyed. Consequently the calves' blood does not clot and they appear to bleed through undamaged skin. There is evidence that BNP is linked to the use of a particular vaccine against "Bovine...

2011-07-26 08:00:00

ASHBURN, Va., and BURNSVILLE, Minn., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brainware, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent data capture and enterprise search solutions, and MHC Software, Inc., creators of the innovative MHC Image Express(TM) application and solutions for the streamlined processing of accounts payable, procurement and human resources operations, announced today an agreement that will offer customers Brainware Distiller's unmatched capabilities for line-item data extraction and...

2011-07-20 17:21:43

A team of researchers from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University has developed a mouse model of focal dermal hypoplasia, a rare human birth defect that causes serious skin abnormalities and other medical problems. A team of researchers from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University has developed a mouse model of focal dermal hypoplasia, a rare human birth defect that causes serious skin abnormalities and other medical problems. This animal model not only provides...

2011-07-12 07:34:47

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Researchers have found the gene known as Foxp2 helps regulate the wiring of neurons in the brain. In 2001, scientists discovered that mutations of Foxp2 cause a rare form of speech and language disorder. This finding prompted years of intense research into the human gene and corresponding versions found in other species. In this new study, investigators exploited Foxp2's role as a genetic dimmer switch, turning up or down the amount of product made by other genes. The...

2011-07-08 13:56:12

Foxp2, a gene involved in speech and language, helps regulate the wiring of neurons in the brain, according to a study which will be published on July 7th in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. The researchers identified this functional link by first identifying the major targets of Foxp2 in developing brain tissue and then analysing the function of relevant neurons. Foxp2 codes for a regulatory protein that provides a window into unusual aspects of brain function. In 2001, scientists...

2011-07-07 19:23:55

Scripps Research Institute scientists have discovered a basic mechanism that can enable developing cancer cells to sustain abnormal growth. The finding is expected to lead to the targeting of this mechanism with drugs and diagnostic techniques. The study, which recently appeared in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, illuminates the roles of two nearly identical proteins, Cks1 and Cks2. These proteins were known to be overexpressed in many cancers,...

2011-06-24 17:14:53

Johns Hopkins researchers identify a potential new way of blocking activity of gene that causes HD Johns Hopkins researchers have identified a natural mechanism that might one day be used to block the expression of the mutated gene known to cause Huntington's disease. Their experiments offer not an immediate cure, but a potential new approach to stopping or even preventing the development of this relentless neurodegenerative disorder. Huntington's disease is a rare, fatal disorder caused by a...


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2011-01-24 12:59:16

The Herpesviridae, a large family of DNA viruses, causes disease in animals and humans. Members of this family are known as herpesviruses. They all share a common structure where they are composed of relatively large double-stranded, linear DNA genomes encoding 100-200 genes encased within an icosahedral protein cage called the capsid. The whole particle is known as a virion. They are all nuclear-replicating. When a viral particle contacts a cell with specific types of receptor molecules...

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