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New RNA interference technique can silence up to 5 genes

December 28, 2009
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Contact: Jen Hirsch jfhirsch@mit.edu 617-253-1682 Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Researchers at MIT and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals report this week that they have successfully used RNA interference to turn off multiple genes in the livers of mice, an advance that could lead to new treatments for diseases of the li…


Stanford scientists identify protein that keeps stem cells poised for action

December 24, 2009
biotech

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Contact: Krista Conger kristac@stanford.edu 650-725-5371 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. – Like a child awaiting the arrival of Christmas, embryonic stem cells exist in a state of permanent anticipation. They must balance the ability to quickly become more specialized cell types with the cellula…


Mobilizing the repair squad: Critical protein helps mend damaged DNA

December 24, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Gina Kirchweger kirchweger@salk.edu 858-453-410-01340 Salk Institute La Jolla, CA – In order to preserve our DNA, cells have developed an intricate system for monitoring and repairing DNA damage. Yet precisely how the initial damage signal is converted into a repair response remains unclear. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biologi…


Citrus surprise: Vitamin C boosts the reprogramming of adult cells into stem cells

December 24, 2009
biotech

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Contact: Cathleen Genova cgenova@cell.com 617-397-2802 Cell Press Famous for its antioxidant properties and role in tissue repair, vitamin C is touted as beneficial for illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer and perhaps even for slowing the aging process. Now, a study published online on December 24th by Cell Press in the journal <em…


Scientists create world’s first molecular transistor

December 23, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Suzanne Taylor Muzzin suzanne.taylormuzzin@yale.edu 203-403-8555 Yale University This release is available in Chinese. New Haven, Conn. – A group of scientists has succeeded in creating the firs…


Encyclopedia of microbe genomes: Chapter 1

December 23, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Jonathan Eisen jaeisen@ucdavis.edu 530-752-3498 University of California – Davis Genome scientists from the US and Germany have assembled the first pages of a comprehensive encyclopedia of genomes of all the microbes on Earth. The results, published Dec. 24 in the journal Nature, will help biologists find new genes and fill …


Genomic toggle switches divide autoimmune diseases into distinct clusters, Stanford study shows

December 23, 2009
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Bruce Goldman goldmanb@stanford.edu 650-725-2106 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. – Genomic switches can predispose an individual to one set of autoimmune disorders but protect the same person against another set of them, scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have found.<…


CNN Reports on stem cell therapy for heart attack victims

December 22, 2009
biotech

An intravenous method of injecting stem cells into patients who had experienced heart attacks within the previous 10 days suggested …Click Here to Read More


Scripps receives second $1 million gift this month

December 22, 2009
biotech

Miami physician, businessman, and philanthropist Phillip Frost and his wife, Patricia Frost, long-time supporters of the arts and education, have …Click Here to Read More


Genetic research job outlook good

December 22, 2009
biotech

If working in genetics research is in your DNA, the job opportunities are on the rise. The University of Miami’s …Click Here to Read More