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2012-05-18 22:58:20

Evidence that comparing genes across species is biologically useful Researchers at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute have confirmed the long-held conjecture that studying the genes we share with other animals is a viable means of extrapolating information about human biology. The study, published in the open access journal PLoS Computational Biology, shows how bioinformatics makes it possible to test the conjecture. Scientists have...

2012-04-25 20:22:46

A new monitoring method and blood test may provide early warnings when a child's brain isn't getting enough blood during heart surgery, according to new research presented during the American Heart Association's Emerging Science Series webinar. Brain injury occurs in 30 percent to 70 percent of infants and children undergoing repair of congenital heart defects. A congenital heart defect is a heart abnormality present at birth. Out of 1,000 live births in the United States, about 8 babies...

2012-03-28 17:19:12

Researchers say their method, tested in human cells, may offer the first viable approach to gene transfer in sickle cell anemia A team of researchers led by scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College has designed what appears to be a powerful gene therapy strategy that can treat both beta-thalassemia disease and sickle cell anemia. They have also developed a test to predict patient response before treatment. This study's findings, published in PLoS ONE, represents a new approach to...

2012-01-20 10:45:38

Drugs that treat anemia are critical for many who have kidney disease Highlights     More than 20 million adults in the United States have chronic kidney disease.     Drugs that treat red blood cell deficiencies are critical for maintaining many chronic kidney disease patients' health.     Experts comment on newly released federal recommendations for these drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently recommended that...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'