Latest Methodist Hospital Research Institute Stories

2011-02-22 12:55:49

A mutated immune system gene increases the risk of developing tuberculosis in African Americans who carry the TB bacteria, said researchers led by those from Baylor College of Medicine and the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in a report in the open-access journal PLoS One. Only one in 10 people infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis actually go on to develop the disease, said Dr. Katherine Y. King, an instructor in the department of pediatrics "“ infectious diseases at...

2010-11-02 12:39:49

A long-standing barrier to successful gene therapy in humans has been the lack of a non-toxic and effective tool or vector to carry the gene into the cell. Now a Baylor College of Medicine researcher and her colleagues think they may have a solution "“ at least in the quest for a way to silence cancer genes. Their invention consists of tiny wound-up circular bits of DNA that carry a short "hairpin" of RNA. The researchers from BCM and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute called...

2010-10-21 14:42:42

Tiny wound-up circular bits of DNA that carry a short "hairpin" of RNA could prove a solution to the quest for a non-toxic, long-lived gene therapy vector designed to silence cancer genes in tumor cells, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Gene Therapy. At a minimum, this Minivectorâ“ž¢ DNA will prove a valuable laboratory tool, said Dr. Lynn...

2009-06-12 10:25:00

Duo designed health-monitoring system at the Abramson Center, a collaborative effort between University of Houston and the Methodist Hospital Research InstituteThe IShow is for young inventors what "American Idol" is for young performers, and a pair of local researchers has won a coveted spot in the IShow finale in Palm Desert, Calif., this weekend.If their unique health-monitoring device wins at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase, also known as the IShow, on...

2009-02-05 18:17:00

Hormones Expert Gustafsson to Lead Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling at UH and Methodist HOUSTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gov. Rick Perry today announced the awarding of a $5.5 million grant to the University of Houston through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). As a result of the ETF grant, UH has recruited a top hormones researcher and his team to carry out laboratory research and to create next-generation pharmaceuticals and medical technologies at a...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.