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2012-03-27 00:46:14

Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop Dynamic System for Regulating Metabolic Pathways Significant boosts in the microbial production of clean, green and renewable biodiesel fuel has been achieved with the development of a new technique in synthetic biology by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). This new technique — dubbed a dynamic sensor-regulator system (DSRS) — can detect metabolic changes in microbes during...

2012-03-21 10:25:11

RICHMOND, Va., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology (FHIT), www.fhit.org, announced today that Thomas Dayspring, MD, FACP, FNLA, NCMP, has been named Director of Cardiovascular Education for the newly launched, national nonprofit. "Joining FHIT will allow me to continue my life's work dedicated to ridding the world of preventable cardiovascular and related metabolic diseases," said Dr. Dayspring. "By offering a new level of educational programs...

2012-03-20 16:45:24

University of Granada researchers have proven that eating two servings of salmon reared at a fish farm (enriched with omega-3 fatty acids and only slightly contaminated) a week during pregnancy is beneficial both for the mother and child. This research study —conducted within the framework of a Project funded by the VI EU Framework Program called The Salmon in Pregnancy Study (SiPS)— reveals that the intake of salmon increases omega-3 fatty acid levels both in the mother and...

2012-03-08 14:55:37

UCSF Identifies New Target Against Obesity Involving Brown Fat In the war against obesity, one´s own fat cells may seem an unlikely ally, but new research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) suggests ordinary fat cells can be reengineered to burn calories. While investigating how a common drug given to people with diabetes works in mice, a UCSF team discovered that a protein called PRDM16, found in both men and mice, can throw a switch on fat cells, converting...

2012-03-06 09:26:00

COLUMBIA, Md., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- life'sDHA(TM) is proud to announce that it has been named a lead sponsor of the 15th annual USA Memory Championship. A tournament for Mental Athletes, this contest draws competitors from all over the country to compete for the best memory in America. The event includes memorizing 99 names and faces, a shuffled deck of cards in less than five minutes, an unpublished poem and a list of 500 random numbers. This year's championship will be held March...

2012-02-28 21:51:51

A chemically altered osteoporosis drug may be useful in fighting malaria, researchers report in a new study. Unlike similar compounds tested against other parasitic protozoa, the drug readily crosses into the red blood cells of malaria-infected mice and kills the malaria parasite. The drug works at very low concentrations with no observed toxicity to the mouse. The researchers found the drug by screening a library of about 1,000 compounds used in previous efforts to target an important...

2012-02-28 14:42:38

A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients commonly found in fish, may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking abilities, according to a study published in the February 28, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Omega-3 fatty acids include the nutrients called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). "People with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had lower brain volumes...

2012-02-20 20:19:38

Defects in a protein that functions as a dietary fat sensor may be a cause of obesity and liver disease, according to a study published in the journal Nature, led by researchers at Imperial College London. The findings highlight a promising target for new drugs to treat obesity and metabolic disorders. The protein GPR120 is found on the surface of cells in the gut, liver and fat tissue and allows cells to detect and respond to unsaturated fatty acids from the diet, especially the omega-3...

2012-02-20 14:32:25

Lipids help control the development of cell polarity In a standard biology textbook, cells tend to look more or less the same from all sides. But in real life cells have fronts and backs, tops and bottoms, and they orient many of their structures according to this polarity explaining, for example, why yeast cells bud at one end and not the other. Over the last few years, Rong Li, Ph.D., and her team at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have figured out many important details of...

Image 1 - Mass Extinctions: Nature’s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection
2012-02-11 04:00:32

In “Mass Extinctions: Nature´s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection” Julian Lieb, M.D  provides evidence that “die-offs” or mass deaths are episodes of natural selection, caused by activation of enzymes of the arachidonic acid cascade. In prior publications, Dr Lieb showed that products of the arachidonic acid cascade are the agents of natural selection and evolution, differentiating between infertility and reproduction, and between health and...