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2014-07-29 08:32:07

SAN DIEGO, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Abide Therapeutics announced today the appointment of Nancy Thornberry to its board of directors. Thornberry was previously senior vice president and franchise head, Diabetes and Endocrinology for Merck & Co. Inc., where she led discovery, clinical research, strategy and overall pipeline management in diabetes, osteoporosis, fertility and contraception. Thornberry, a distinguished pharmaceutical scientist, initiated and co-led the program...

2012-04-03 09:22:40

A previously unknown serine protease forms part of the antibacterial defense arsenal of neutrophil granulocytes Neutrophil granulocytes comprise important defenses for the immune system. When pathogenic bacteria penetrate the body, they are the first on the scene to mobilize other immune cells via signal molecules, thereby containing the risk. To this end, they release serine proteases — enzymes that cut up other proteins to activate signal molecules. Scientists at the Max Planck...

2009-12-10 11:27:58

Nature's solution to age-old chemical paradox provides clues to health and disease Even small errors made by cells during protein production can have profound disease effects, and nature has developed ways to uncover these mistakes and correct them. Though in the case of one essential protein building block"”the amino acid alanine"”nature has been extra careful, developing not one, but two checkpoints in her effort to make sure that this component is used correctly. Now,...

2009-06-09 12:59:41

 Researchers have been seeking a safe and effective way to treat cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia by enhancing N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors. Functional deficits in NMDA receptors may contribute to the underlying neurobiology of this disorder. The first generation of studies trying to stimulate NMDA receptors administered large amounts of substances, like glycine or D-serine, which indirectly enhance NMDA receptor function. While there were some...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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