Latest National Institute of General Medical Sciences Stories

2008-10-09 06:00:18

By Dan Vergano Glowing jellyfish have lit the way to 2008's Nobel Prize in chemistry for one Japanese and two American researchers, pioneers in illuminating biological processes inside cells and behind diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. Osamu Shimomura, 80, of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.; Martin Chalfie, 61, of Columbia University in New York; and Roger Tsien, 56, of the University of California-San Diego will split the $1.4 million prize, the Royal...

2008-06-17 15:00:47

ArtusLabs, Inc., a leading provider of life science software tools and data management solutions, has entered into a partnership with Boston University's Center for Chemical Methodology and Library Development (CMLD) to develop a way to standardize and expand the way in which stereochemistry, and ultimately a three-dimensional structures, are represented in the International Chemical Identifier (InChI(TM)). This project will influence chemical drawing and library management capabilities...

2005-08-31 18:43:33

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Using a new method to identify networks of infection-fighting genes, scientists writing in today's (8-31) online edition of Nature say more than 15 percent of our genes are mobilized to defend against microbial attacks. The body's overwhelming genetic defense, which has implications for the survival of patients who are severely burned or injured, was revealed in a sweeping analysis of gene activity in volunteers who were injected with a bacterial product that temporarily...

2005-08-31 18:28:25

A multi-institutional research collaborative has begun to decipher the complex interplay of genes that underlies the body's response to major injuries. In a report to appear in the journal Nature, researchers from the Inflammation and Host Response to Injury program describe their investigation into how the process of systemic inflammation "“ an immune response which affects the entire body "“ alters the expression of genes within white blood cells. The findings are a first step...

2005-06-09 17:08:39

New Haven, Conn. -- Researchers at Yale have identified a gene that regulates the major immune response in plants, programmed cell death (PCD), according to a recent report in the journal Cell. To protect themselves from viruses, plants create a zone of dead cells around an infection site that prevents the infection from spreading. Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar, associate professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale and his colleagues discovered how the plants keep from...

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