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2012-06-28 11:18:58

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have uncovered a link between two genes which shows how stem cells could develop into cancer. The research, published in the online journal PLoS ONE, found a novel mechanism which could be the catalyst for stem cells changing into a tumour. Dr Ahmad Waseem, a reader in oral dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London who led the research, said: "It was quite an unexpected discovery. We set out to investigate the role of the stem cell gene...

2012-06-26 10:27:44

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a mechanism that controls the way that organisms breathe or photosynthesize, potentially paving the way for improved biofuel production. Writing in the journal PNAS, Dr Lu-ning Lu and Professor Conrad Mullineaux from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences report that by exposing cells to different light conditions, they have changed the way in which electrons are transported. Professor Mullineaux explains:...

2012-06-21 17:32:45

Research published today in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine raises further questions about a trial of HPV vaccines in India. The trial, which has now been halted and is the subject of an investigation by the Indian government, was examining the safety and feasibility of offering a vaccine against the virus associated with cervical cancer. The new study by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Edinburgh suggests that lack of data on cervical...

2012-05-29 12:38:58

Research finds 20 distinct mutations A rare disease which often first presents in newborn babies has been traced to a novel genetic defect, scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have found. The research, published online in Nature Genetics (27 May) discovered 20 distinct mutations in a specific gene found in patients with the rare adrenal disease, Familial Glucocorticoid Deficiency (FGD). The potentially fatal disease means affected children are unable to produce a hormone...

2012-05-09 14:36:09

Tiny organelles called primary cilia hold the key to combat inflammation Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have found a new therapeutic target to combat inflammation. The research, published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, revealed tiny organelles called primary cilia are important for regulating inflammation. The findings could lead to potential therapies for millions of people who suffer from arthritis. Dr Martin Knight who led the research at...

Newborns Should Be Screened For Heart Defects
2012-05-02 06:39:55

There is now overwhelming evidence that all babies should be offered screening for heart defects at birth, according to a major new study published online in The Lancet. Heart defects are the most common type of birth defects in the UK. Although newborns often show no visible signs of the condition, if not treated promptly it can be fatal. The research, led by a Queen Mary, University of London academic with a colleague from the University of Birmingham, shows that a non-invasive test...

2012-04-10 10:43:28

A new study from researchers at Queen Mary, University of London reveals the many difficulties faced by people with diabetes in self-managing their disease. People with diabetes have to invest a great deal of time and effort to manage their condition. This includes not only monitoring the level of sugar in their blood, organizing their medication and following a restrictive diet but also social challenges such as negotiating relatives' input and gaining access to doctors when they need to....


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.