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2010-01-04 07:55:17

An experimental drug currently being tested against breast and lung cancer shows promise in fighting the brain cancer glioblastoma and prostate cancer, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in two preclinical studies. The drug's actions, observed in isolated human cells in one trial and in rodents in the other, are especially encouraging because they attacked not only the bulk of the tumor cells but also the rare cancer stem cells that are believed to be responsible for...

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2009-12-14 14:25:00

A new study shows that people blessed with youthful faces are more likely to live to a ripe old age than those who look older than their years, BBC News reported. Appearance alone can predict survival, according to Danish scientists who studied 387 pairs of twins. The study asked nurses, trainee teachers and peers to guess the age of the twins from mug shots, and those rated younger-looking tended to outlive their older-looking sibling. The British Medical Journal reports that the...

2009-12-01 07:34:12

Intensive exercise prevented shortening of telomeres, a protective effect against aging of the cardiovascular system, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers measured the length of telomeres "” the DNA that bookends the chromosomes and protects the ends from damage "” in blood samples from two groups of professional athletes and two groups who were healthy nonsmokers, but not regular exercisers. The telomere shortening...

2009-11-21 09:38:07

Researchers from Brown University and Butler Hospital have determined that children who suffer physical or emotional abuse may be faced with accelerated cellular aging as adults. The findings are published online in the journal Biological Psychiatry. A print version of the articled is also expected. Children who suffer physical or emotional abuse may be faced with accelerated cellular aging as adults, according to new research from Butler Hospital and Brown University. The findings, which are...

2009-11-19 11:00:29

Doctor in biology from the UPNA, Ms Gúmer P©rez Garrido studied and described for the first time how the telomeres and adjacent sequences of the oyster fungus (Pleurotus ostreatus) are organized. Her PhD thesis, "Organization of the telomeric and subtelomeric regions of the basidiomycete Pleurotus ostreatus." The aim was to get to know more thoroughly how the genetic material of this type of fungus is organized and compare it with other organisms. In fact, the telomere...

2009-11-12 09:06:21

A team led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has found a clear link between living to 100 and inheriting a hyperactive version of an enzyme that rebuilds telomeres "” the tip ends of chromosomes. The findings appear in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Telomeres play crucial roles in aging, cancer and other biological processes. Their importance was recognized last month, when three scientists were awarded...

2009-10-19 07:32:58

Mice and DKC patients share a genetic deficiency that shortens their telomeres, the caps that protect the ends of each chromosome; studying how the mice recover normal telomere length could lead to novel treatments for this genetic disorder The human genetic disease dyskeratosis congenita (DKC) is an autosomal dominant disease that leads to abnormalities in tissues with a rapid cell turnover "“ the skin, nails, bone marrow, lungs and gut. Patients with DKC experience life-threatening...

2009-10-15 12:34:26

NSF funding in basic research yields great payoffs in scientific contributions worldwide The National Science Foundation (NSF) congratulates the 2009 Nobel laureates, particularly those who have received NSF funding over the years: Jack W. Szostak, who shared the prize in physiology or medicine; Thomas A. Steitz, who shared the prize in chemistry; and Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson who earned the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel 2009. "Through a...

2009-10-09 08:33:00

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The first anti-aging doctor licensed to offer TA-65 treatment in the U.S. predicted the Nobel Prize in medicine for Elizabeth Blackburn. Three Americans shared the prize, including Carol Greider and Jack Szostak for their research on telomeres, the "caps" at the end of chromosomes. On hearing the news, Dr. Sears noted, "It was no surprise to me. The science of telomere biology is the most important discovery in human history. We now...

2009-10-06 08:50:00

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebecca W. Rimel, President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts, issued the following statement today, congratulating Pew Biomedical Scholar Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., on receiving the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Greider, a professor in the department of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares this highest award with Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital and...