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2012-05-04 09:11:14

New discovery of a genetic mutation in congenital asplenia may lead to genetic prenatal screening in patients with the rare, but deadly, disorder Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College and Rockefeller University have identified the first gene to be linked to a rare condition in which babies are born without a spleen, putting those children at risk of dying from infections they cannot defend themselves against. The gene, Nkx2.5, was shown to regulate genesis of the spleen during early...

2012-03-14 13:56:38

A team of researchers led by scientists at The Rockefeller University has identified a novel mechanism by which influenza interferes with antiviral host response. The finding, reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature, shows that the immunosuppressive NS1 protein of the influenza A virus hijacks key regulators of antiviral gene function by mimicking a core component of gene regulating machinery. The results they describe have major implications for our understanding of the biology...

Scientist Awarded Nobel Prize Just Days After Death
2011-10-03 12:36:11

A scientist awarded the Nobel prize for his research in cancer died of the disease just days before he was told about the award. Ralph Steinman of New York's Rockefeller University was a 68-year-old physician who died on Friday after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer before finding out about being awarded the highest accolade in science. Colleagues of his said he had prolonged his own life with a new therapy based on his research into the body's immune system. The Nobel is...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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