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2009-04-07 09:07:47

U.S. medical scientists say they have discovered the first evidence of cell-to-cell communication that uses amino acids. Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Engineering in Medicine said they were startled to find amino acids were used for cellular interactions rather than known protein signaling agents such as growth factors or cytokines. We were taken by complete surprise, said study lead author Rohit Jindal. Past reports have implicated various growth factors...

2008-12-03 07:30:00

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. and REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- HemoGenix(R) and ORF Genetics announce the collaboration and implementation of biorisk-free, green-source growth factors and cytokines for use in all HALO(R) Assay Kits and HALO(R) Contract Research Services where the response of human blood-forming cells is detected. ORF Genetics produces a large number of growth factors and cytokines using barley seed as the production host. Their Orfeus(TM) Expression System,...

2008-10-21 18:00:25

U.S. researchers say they have made a discovery involving infantile hemangiomas -- tumors that usually appear appear within days of birth. The tumors are benign, but 10 percent of infantile hemangioma sufferers experience significant physical and psychological side-effects. A collaboration between scientists from Harvard's Medical School and School of Dental Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston and the de Duve Institute at the Catholique University of Louvain in Brussels discovered the...

2008-07-03 00:00:27

Broccoli may combat prostate cancer by altering the activity levels of genes involved in tumour growth, a ground-breaking study has shown. Scientists made the discovery after adding either peas or broccoli to the normal diets of two groups of men for a year. During the study tissue samples were removed from the men's prostate glands and analysed using "gene chip" technology to gauge the activity of thousands of genes. The results showed that a broccoli-rich diet produced changes in gene...

2005-11-01 09:25:00

Brisbane-based Adipogen Pty Ltd has raised a further $2.25 million to support the development of a novel treatment for obesity. The investment was led by the Queensland Biocapital Funds (QBF) and supported by Uniseed, one of the company's original investors. Adipogen was established by Uniquest from research work carried out in The University of Queensland and initially funded by Uniseed and the Queensland Government's technology fund BioStart. It has also received support of the Federal...

2005-07-18 18:10:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - University of Michigan researchers have figured out one more component in cancer cells' aggressive growth---and hope that knowledge can help kill the cells. In the July issue of Cancer Cell, the scientists explain how cancer tumor cells attach themselves to a protein on the surface of cells lining blood vessel walls. When this attachment happens, it tells the cancer cell to grow and develop blood vessels, which feed the cell. Cun-Yu Wang, senior author on the paper, said...

2004-12-17 09:15:00

Could lead to novel therapies for cancer, transplants, heart and lung disease HealthDayNews -- A new pathway that may be useful in regulating angiogenesis -- the way by which new blood vessels are built -- has been identified by Ohio State University researchers. This finding could help in the development of new methods to deal with a wide range of health problems, including cancer, wound healing, transplantation, and heart and lung disease. Angiogenesis is a normal, mostly beneficial...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.