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2010-06-23 06:15:00

HOERSHOLM, Denmark, SAN DIEGO and BOULDER, Colo., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Santaris Pharma A/S, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of RNA-targeted therapies and miRagen Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative microRNA-based therapeutics for cardiovascular and muscle disease, announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to develop microRNA-targeted medicines for the treatment of...

2010-06-17 13:45:00

Cold sensing neural circuits in newborn mice take around two weeks to become fully active, according to a new study. The finding adds to understanding of the cold sensing protein TRPM8 (pronounced trip-em-ate), first identified in a Nature paper in 2002 by USC College professor David McKemy. McKemy's study, published online by Neuroscience, shows that the cold sensing circuit starts to develop in utero but does not mature until well after birth. "About three or four days before the animal is...

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2010-06-13 07:40:05

Insects may have tiny brains the size of a pinhead, but the latest research from the University of Adelaide shows just how clever they really are. For the first time, researchers from the University's Discipline of Physiology have worked out how insects judge the speed of moving objects. It appears that insect brain cells have additional mechanisms which can calculate how to make a controlled landing on a flower or reach a food source. This ability only works in a natural setting. In a paper...

2010-06-04 13:38:16

Going more miles per gallon with your brain The hunting strategy of a slender fish from the Amazon is giving researchers more insight into how to balance the metabolic cost of information with the metabolic cost of moving around to get that information. A new study from Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science answers the question: In behaviors in which you have to move to get information, when should the animal spend more energy on locomotion versus...

2010-05-26 06:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS), the leader in antisense therapeutics, today announced that management will present a general corporate update in conjunction with its 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Open House on June 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time in Carlsbad, CA. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Annual Meeting of Stockholders (stockholders of record as of April 6, 2010 only)...

2010-05-17 11:28:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS) announced today that it will conduct the third of its series of four conference calls focused on the drugs in Isis' development pipeline. The third call of the series will focus on Isis' cancer franchise and will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Each of the calls highlights a different therapeutic franchise and provides higher-level strategic insight into target selection,...

2010-04-21 06:34:21

What does the smell of a good meal mean to you? It may mean more than you think. Specific odors that represent food or indicate danger are capable of altering an animal's lifespan and physiological profile by activating a small number of highly specialized sensory neurons, researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine have shown in a study publishing next week in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology. Recent research in model organisms...

2010-03-31 05:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif. and LONDON, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) and Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS) announced today a new strategic alliance that will apply the Isis antisense drug discovery platform to seek out and develop new therapeutics against targets for rare and serious disease, including infectious diseases and some conditions causing blindness. Under the terms of the agreement, which covers up to six programs, Isis will receive an upfront...

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2010-03-29 10:50:00

Biomimetic guidance could make AUVs more truly autonomous Clever as a blind fish, the underwater robot "Snookie" can orient itself in murky waters with an artificial sensory organ inspired by the so-called lateral-line system, found in fish and some amphibians. The experimental vehicle was developed by researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen within the framework of the CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) excellence cluster. In the future, the researchers expect such...

2010-03-26 10:06:34

For many years it's been known that the fever, achiness and other symptoms you feel during the flu are triggered by a viral molecule that travels through the body acting like a toxin. But what scientists haven't understood is how this molecule "“ known as double-stranded RNA "“ is recognized and taken up by cells. New research from McMaster University has identified how specific proteins on the surface of cells, known as class A scavenger receptors, bind to double-stranded RNA and...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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