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2012-07-26 23:27:34

A Simon Fraser University graduate student's collaboration with her thesis supervisor on how a particular type of protein controls the growth of another protein could advance cancer research. Their findings have just been published in the online July 26 issue of Current Biology, a CellPress journal. Esther Verheyen, an SFU professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, has helped her Master's of Science student Joanna Chen uncover how Hipk can be manipulated to stop Yorkie from...

Tagish Lake Meteorites Help Solve Amino Acid Mysteries
2012-07-26 14:48:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New clues have been unveiled that shed light on why living things use only molecules with specific orientations. Research analyzing meteorite fragments that fell on a frozen lake in Canada is providing strong evidence that liquid water inside an asteroid leads to a preference of left-handed over right-handed forms of common protein amino acids in meteorites. "Our analysis of the amino acids in meteorite fragments from Tagish Lake...

2012-07-26 01:03:22

A novel approach to gene therapy that instructs a person's own cells to produce more of a natural disease-fighting protein could offer a solution to treating many genetic disorders. The method was used to achieve a 2- to 3-fold increase in production of a protein deficient in patients with Friedreich's ataxia, as described in an article published Instant Online in Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (http://www.liebertpub.com) The article is available free...

2012-07-20 01:50:16

New research has shown that a protein does something that scientists once thought impossible: It unfolds itself and refolds into a completely new shape. This protein, called RfaH, activates genes that allow bacterial cells to launch a successful attack on their host, causing disease. The researchers determined that RfaH starts out in its alpha form, composed of two spiral shapes. Later, in its beta form, it resembles spokes on a wheel and is called a barrel. When RfaH refolds, it...

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2012-07-19 20:28:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that children who have egg allergies may benefit by just being exposed to the very food they are allergic to. Researchers treated 35 children with egg oral immunotherapy (OIT) and found that eleven of them experience long-term elimination of egg-related allergic reactions. The rest of the children who were exposed to eggs were able to tolerate higher doses of egg, with only mild or no symptoms. The study...

2012-07-17 15:15:44

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a technique to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, that could lead to new approaches to treating cancer. Apoptosis is an essential defense mechanism against the spread of abnormal cells such as cancer. It is a complex process that occurs through networks of proteins that interact with each other. Cancer cells usually avoid this process due to mutations in the genes that encode...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.