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Athletes Beware, Scientists Hot on Gene Doping Trail

February 4, 2010
biotech

Scientists are scrambling to prepare tests for the inevitable future of gene doping in sports. A new technique shows promise for keeping ahead of the cheaters.




Yes, ecology shapes evolution, but guppies show reverse also true

February 4, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Joseph Travis jtravis@fsu.edu 850-644-4404 Florida State University TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—In the natural stream communities of Trinidad, guppy populations live close together, but evolve differently. Upstream, fewer predators mean more guppies but less food for each; they grow slowly and larger, reproduce later and less, and die older. Downstre…


Gene Patents Under Legal Attack

February 4, 2010
biotech

Wired Magazine reports on developments in the Myriad Genetics case. Link to case docket is http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-nysdce/case_no-1:2009cv04515/case_id-345544/


Scientists find quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis

February 3, 2010
biotech

[NEWS]

Contact: Sean Bettam s.bettam@utoronto.ca 416-534-5820 University of Toronto TORONTO, ON – A team of University of Toronto chemists have made a major contribution to the emerging field of quantum biology, observing quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis in marine algae. “There's been a lot of excitement and speculation…


Nano imaging takes turn for the better

February 3, 2010
biotech

[NEWS]

Contact: David Ruth druth@rice.edu 713-348-6327 Rice University Photothermal technique provides new way to track nanoparticles Stephan Link wants to understand how nanomaterials align, and his lab's latest work is a step in the right direction. Link's Rice University group has found a way to use gold nanorod…


Scripps Research and GIS scientists map epigenome of human stem cells during development

February 3, 2010
biotech

[NEWS]

Contact: Keith McKeown kmckeown@scripps.edu 858-784-8134 Scripps Research Institute Billions of data points provide big picture of 'human epigenome' during critical developmental window LA JOLLA, CA – February 2, 2010 – – Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and The Genome Institute of Singapore …


German co. claims 100nm layer of SiO2 to “revolutionize everything”

February 2, 2010
nanotech

The liquid glass spray (technically termed “SiO2 ultra-thin layering”) consists of almost pure silicon dioxide extracted from quartz sand. Water or …Click Here to Read More


New form of stem cell communication rescues diseased neurons

February 1, 2010
biotech

[NEWS]

Contact: Josh Baxt jbaxt@burnham.org 858-795-5236 Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute International effort demonstrates cross-talk between implanted stem cells and diseased cells in mouse model LA JOLLA, Calif., February 1, 2010 — Investigators at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham,…


Argonautes: A big turn-off for proteins

February 1, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Maryalice Yakutchik myakutc1@jhmi.edu 443-287-2251 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Johns Hopkins scientists believe they may have figured out how genetic snippets called microRNAs are able to shut down the production of some proteins. The issue, they say, is important because the more scientists know about how genes …


New adhesive device could let humans walk on walls

February 1, 2010
biotech

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Contact: Blaine Friedlander bpf2@cornell.edu 607-254-8093 Cornell University Could humans one day walk on walls, like Spider-Man? A palm-sized device invented at Cornell that uses water surface tension as an adhesive bond just might make it possible. The rapid adhesion mechanism could lead to such applications as shoes or gloves t…