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Transforming skin cells into stem cells using a molecular toolkit

February 18, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society In an effort to sidestep the ethical dilemma involved in using human embryonic stem cells to treat diseases, scientists are developing non-controversial alternatives: In particular, they are looking for drug-like chemical compounds that can transform adult skin …


Genes, environment, or chance?

February 18, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Scott Rifkin scinews@ucsd.edu University of California – San Diego Biologists attribute variations among individual organisms to differences in genes or environment, or both. But a new study of nematode worms with identical genes, raised in identical environments, has revealed another factor: chance. It’s another source of variation …


Biologists discover how biological clock controls cell division in bacteria

February 18, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Kim McDonald kmcdonald@ucsd.edu 858-534-7572 University of California – San Diego A team of biologists has unraveled the biochemistry of how bacteria so precisely time cell division, a key element in understanding how all organisms from bacteria to humans use their biological clocks to control basic cellular functions. The discove…


Fasting Might Make Chemotherapy More Effective

February 17, 2010
biotech

Patients who fasted during chemotherapy had fewer side effects, according to a small but intriguing new study. Fasting might allow patients to receive higher, more effective chemo doses.




Life’s smallest motor, cargo carrier of the cells, moves like a seesaw

February 17, 2010
biotech

Life’s smallest motor, a protein that shuttles cargo within cells and helps cells divide, does so by rocking up and down like a seesaw according to new high-resolution snapshots of a protein called kinesin. The result is the closest look yet at the structural changes kinesin proteins undergo as they ferry molecules. (Image: Charles Sindelar, Brandeis University)


Max Planck Florida names new CEO

February 17, 2010
biotech

The Max Planck Florida Institute has announced appointments to three scientific positions at the research facility. Dr. Michael D. Ehlers …Click Here to Read More


A new type of genetic variation could strengthen natural selection

February 17, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: David F. Salisbury david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu 615-343-6803 Vanderbilt University The unexpected discovery of a new type of genetic variation suggests that natural selection – the force that drives evolution – is both more powerful and more complex than scientists have thought. “We have d…


Random fluctuations give rise to odd genetic phenomenon

February 17, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Jennifer Hirsch jfhirsch@mit.edu 617-253-1682 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Biophysicists show that ‘incomplete penetrance’ is not just a question of nature versus nurture CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For years, biologists have wondered how it is possible that not every person who carries a mutate…


Tallahassee Innovation Park sparks

February 16, 2010
biotech

The Leon County Research and Development Authority created the Innovation Park Technology Commercialization Grant program five years ago. The recipients …Click Here to Read More


DIY Biotech from the NYT

February 16, 2010
biotech

New York Times Magazine 6-page article covering the iGEM competition. A great read…