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Volume 7, Number 4
January 28, 2008

Physical sciences and technology

Antimatter
Nanotechnology
Optical interconnection in microelectronics
Large Hadron Collider
Climate change and hurricanes
Higgs bosons
Climate modeling
Polar ice loss
KT mass extinction
Quantum dots
Earth's mantle
Global warming
Cavity soliton lasers
Carbon nanotubes
Robotics
Computer vision
Nanowire technology in solar cells
Galactic cluster x-rays
Quantum photonics

Life sciences

Cancer biology
Brain-imaging studies
Sleep and brain pasticity
Mitosis and cancer
1000 Genomes Project
Eukaryote classification
Intrinsically disordered proteins
Problem solving
Synthetic biology
Blood flow marker of neural processing
Proteomics
Obesity and the nervous system
Adaptive functional evolution of leptin
Stromatolites
Mitosis and stem cells
Ontogenetic conflict
Genetic regulatory regions
Intrinsic immunity
Mathematical model of bacterial cell division
Neural circuits
Vesicular neurotransmitter transporters
Neurobiology of adaptive behavior
Effects of stress and IL-1β on neurogenesis
Homologous DNA recombination
Regulation of Notch signaling

Health and medicine

Avian flu
AIDS
Cancer
Schizophrenia
Lupus
Antioxidants
Inflammation and macular degeneration
Antibiotics
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Caffeine and cancer
Metabolic syndrome
Cardiovascular disease
Gene therapy
Anti-TNF drugs and autoimmune diseases
Autism
Myelodysplasia
Stress and coronary heart disease
Vaccines
Exercise and longevity
Diabetes
Cholesterol-lowering drugs
Visceral fat, inflammation, and atherosclerosis
Malaria
Stem cells
RNAi gene therapy
Alzheimer's disease
Nanobiotechnology
Multiple sclerosis
SIRT1 and COPD
Regenerating pancreatic beta cells
Parkinson's disease
Regulatory T cells and type 1 diabetes
Universal influenza vaccine
Autoimmune disease
Antidepressants
Vitamin D and the immune system



Physical sciences and technology


Antimatter

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Milky Way's antimatter linked to exotic black holes
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Artificial Viral Shells Could Be Useful Nano-Containers
  2. January 23, 2008 - Scientists Make 'Perfect' Nanowires
Background


Optical interconnection in microelectronics

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Copper's Not Coping: New Chips Call On Light Speed
Background, Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - CMS celebrates the lowering of its final detector element
Background


Climate change and hurricanes

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Study: Warming May Cut US Hurricane Hits
  2. January 24, 2008 - Global Warming Enters Hurricane Debate - also here
  3. January 25, 2008 - Warmer Ocean Could Reduce Number Of Atlantic Hurricane Landfalls
  4. January 25, 2008 - Hurricane study whips up a storm
Background


Higgs bosons

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - Higgs Hiding in Plain Sight?
Background


Climate modeling

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - Economists Help Climate Scientists To Improve Global Warming Forecasts
Background


Polar ice loss

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Up, Nearly Matches Greenland Loss - also here, here
Background


KT mass extinction

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Seismic Images Show Dinosaur-killing Meteor Made Bigger Splash - also here, here
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - JILA solves problem of quantum dot 'blinking' - also here, here
Background


Earth's mantle

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Earth's getting 'soft' in the middle - also here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Climate 'clearly out of balance'
  2. January 26, 2008 - 2007 Was Tenth Warmest For U.S., Fifth Warmest Worldwide
Background


Cavity soliton lasers

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Solitons underpin new laser
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Nanotubes Go With The Flow - also here
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - New Robotics Challenge Aims To Develop Friendly Highly Autonomous Robots
Background


Computer vision

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Computer vision may not be as good as thought
Background


Nanowire technology in solar cells

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Nanowires hold promise for more affordable solar cells
Background, Background


Galactic cluster x-rays

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - High-Energy X-Rays Detected at Galaxy Cluster
  2. January 27, 2008 - Giant Particle Accelerator Discovered In The Sky
Background


Quantum photonics

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - The world's lowest noise laser - also here, here
  2. February 7, 2008 - Putting the squeeze on quantum noise
Background



Life sciences


Cancer biology

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Molecule That Facilitates Cancer Spread In Both Cells And Their Surroundings Found
  2. January 26, 2008 - Protein Class Displays Strong Anticancer Action
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Neurological Basis Of Depression Following Sports Concussion Found
Background


Sleep and brain pasticity

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Brain Connections Strengthen During Waking Hours, Weaken During Sleep - also here
Background, Background


Mitosis and cancer

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Mammalian protein plays unexpected role in cell division, and perhaps cancer - also here
  2. January 25, 2008 - Unravelling The Mystery Of Cell Division
Background, Background


1000 Genomes Project

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - International Team to Sequence 1000 Genomes
  2. January 22, 2008 - University researchers to participate in 1000 Genomes Project - also here
  3. January 22, 2008 - Detailed gene map 'within grasp'
  4. January 23, 2008 - 1,000 Genomes Project: Expanding the Map of Human Genetics
  5. January 23, 2008 - 1000 Genomes: Most Detailed Map Of Human Genetic Variation To Support Disease Studies - also here
  6. January 23, 2008 - International consortium announces the 1000 Genomes Project
  7. January 23, 2008 - Project Aims to Map DNA of 1,000 People - also here, here
Background


Eukaryote classification

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - 'Tree Of Life' Has Lost A Branch, According To Largest Genetic Comparison Of Higher Life Forms Ever
Background


Intrinsically disordered proteins

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Short Bacterial Protein Is Surprisingly Versatile
Background


Problem solving

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - EEG Correlates Of Insightful Problem Solving - also here
  2. January 25, 2008 - What Are We Thinking When We (Try to) Solve Problems?
  3. February 6, 2008 - Secret to problem solving: don't think too hard
Background


Synthetic biology

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Longest Piece of Synthetic DNA Yet
  2. January 24, 2008 - Scientists create gene map for synthetic life
  3. January 24, 2008 - Scientists Synthesize a Genome From Scratch
  4. January 24, 2008 - Genome stitched together by hand
  5. January 24, 2008 - Scientists Create First Synthetic Bacterial Genome -- Largest Chemically Defined Structure Synthesized In The Lab
  6. January 24, 2008 - Life, version 2.0: Is the world ready for synthetic biology?
  7. January 24, 2008 - Synthetic life 'advance' reported
  8. January 24, 2008 - Scientists Take New Step Toward Man-Made Life
  9. January 24, 2008 - Artificial life, a step closer
  10. January 25, 2008 - Gene map for synthetic life created in lab
  11. January 25, 2008 - Md. Scientists Build Bacterial Chromosome
  12. January 25, 2008 - Biologist claims significant step towards artificial life
  13. January 26, 2008 - US scientists close to creating artificial life: study - also here, here, here
  14. January 30, 2008 - Synthetic genome paves the way to artificial life
Background


Blood flow marker of neural processing

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Blood Flow May Be Key Player in Neural Processing
Background


Proteomics

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - New Method Devised For Assigning Probabilities To Human Protein Interactions - also here
  2. January 24, 2008 - New Advanced Method For Measuring Protein Synthesis Developed - also here
Background


Obesity and the nervous system

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Obesity Connected With Nervous System - also here, here
Background, Background


Adaptive functional evolution of leptin

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Adaptive Functional Evolution Of Leptin In Cold-adaptive Pika Family - also here, here
Background, Background


Stromatolites

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Shining a light on ancient stromatolites
Background, Background


Mitosis and stem cells

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Cell Division Studies Hint At Future Cancer Therapy - also here
Background, Background


Ontogenetic conflict

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Scientists Look At Those In Evolutionary Race Who Don't Make It 'Out Of The Gate'
Background


Genetic regulatory regions

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Search For The 'On' Switches May Reveal Genetic Role In Development And Disease - also here, here
Background, Background


Intrinsic immunity

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Evolutionary 'battle scars' identify enhanced anti-viral activity - also here, here
Background


Mathematical model of bacterial cell division

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Biologists use computers to study bacterial cell division - also here, here
Background, Background


Neural circuits

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - New tool probes brain circuits - also here
Background, Background


Vesicular neurotransmitter transporters

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Deafness and seizures result when mysterious protein deleted in mice - also here, here
Background


Neurobiology of adaptive behavior

References:
  1. January 26, 2008 - Researchers Identify Brain's 'Eureka' Circuitry - also here
Background


Effects of stress and IL-1β on neurogenesis

References:
  1. January 26, 2008 - Key Factor In Stress Effects On The Brain Identified
Background, Background


Homologous DNA recombination

References:
  1. January 26, 2008 - 'Telepathic' Genes Recognize Similarities In Each Other - also here
  2. January 28, 2008 - Twin strands of DNA seek each other out
Background


Regulation of Notch signaling

References:
  1. January 27, 2008 - Notch-ing glucose into place - also here
Background, Background



Health and medicine


Avian flu

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Fifth swan tests positive for bird flu in UK
  2. January 22, 2008 - Bird flu hits India as Turkey and Indonesia detect cases
  3. January 22, 2008 - India bird flu could get out of hand: official
  4. January 22, 2008 - Bird flu hits Vietnam poultry, may have killed a man
  5. January 23, 2008 - India's communists enlist cadres to battle bird flu
  6. January 23, 2008 - Bird flu threat still real, scientists say
  7. January 23, 2008 - Don't blame wild birds for H5N1 spread: expert
  8. January 23, 2008 - Don't rely on drugs to delay flu pandemic
  9. January 25, 2008 - Seasonal flu vaccine may help in fight against H5N1
  10. January 25, 2008 - India worst bird flu outbreak spreads
  11. January 26, 2008 - Sixth swan tests positive for H5N1 bird flu: British officials
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Experts working on vaccine to fight AIDS in China - also here
  2. January 25, 2008 - New insights into vaccination for HIV - also here, here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Walking an hour a week cuts colon cancer risk
  2. January 21, 2008 - "Ugly duckling" sign spots most malignant melanomas
  3. January 22, 2008 - Melanomas May Appear Noticeably Different Than Other Moles - also here, here
  4. January 22, 2008 - New Function For Colon Cancer Gene Found
  5. January 22, 2008 - Pros, Cons Of Drug Proven To Prevent Prostate Cancer Should Be Considered, Researchers Recommend - also here, here
  6. January 22, 2008 - Cost Effectiveness Of Digital Mammography Screening Questioned
  7. January 23, 2008 - Combined Radiation Seed, Chemotherapy Wafer Implants Show Promise In Treating Cancerous Brain Tumors
  8. January 23, 2008 - Combination Therapy Improves Survival For Certain Prostate Cancer Patients
  9. January 23, 2008 - Cigarette Smoke May Enhance HPV And Increase Risk Of Cervical Cancer
  10. January 24, 2008 - Birth control pill lowers ovarian cancer risk: study
  11. January 24, 2008 - Statins not seen linked to breast cancer risk
  12. January 24, 2008 - Disparities Among Patients With Extremity Soft-tissue Sarcomas
  13. January 24, 2008 - Regular, Long-term Aspirin Use Reduces Risk Of Colorectal Cancer, Study Suggests - also here, here
  14. January 25, 2008 - Pill 'has stopped 100,000 deaths'
  15. January 25, 2008 - Study: The Pill Protects Against Cancer - also here, here, here
  16. January 27, 2008 - Birth Control Pill Gives Long-lasting Protection Against Ovarian Cancer, Study Shows
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Teen risk factors for schizophrenia identified
Background


Lupus

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Significance And Limitations Of New Lupus Gene Expression Research - also here
  2. January 21, 2008 - Genes Linked To Lupus In Women Identified - also here
  3. January 21, 2008 - DNA variations signal lupus risk
  4. January 21, 2008 - Genes linked with lupus are revealed, giving hope for new treatments
  5. January 21, 2008 - Steps toward Stopping Autoimmune Disease
  6. January 23, 2008 - Several genes that regulate the disease SLE have been identified - also here
Background


Antioxidants

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Consuming Extra Virgin Olive Oil Helps To Combat Degenerative Diseases Such As Cancer, Study Suggests
Background


Inflammation and macular degeneration

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Scientists Test The Safety Of Experimental Drug For Vision Loss
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. January 21, 2008 - Research not keeping up with bacteria
  2. January 23, 2008 - Unique Fungal Collection Could Hold Key To Future Antibiotics - also here
  3. January 24, 2008 - New Compounds Could Combat Tuberculosis And Malaria
  4. January 25, 2008 - Team IDs weakness in anthrax bacteria
Background


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Dangerous staph bacteria all from one group: study - also here
  2. January 22, 2008 - One strain may be link to MRSA infection epidemic
  3. January 23, 2008 - Amphibian Skin Agent May Battle Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria
  4. January 24, 2008 - MRSA Evolution And Resilience Examined - also here
Background


Caffeine and cancer

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Studies paint mixed health picture of caffeine - also here
  2. January 22, 2008 - Ovarian Cancer Risk Not Affected By Alcohol And Smoking, But Reduced By Caffeine, Study Finds - also here
Background


Metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Meat, diet soda linked to heart disease: study
  2. January 23, 2008 - Seasonal Weight Changes Linked To Metabolic Syndrome - also here, here
  3. January 24, 2008 - Burgers, Fries, Diet Soda: Metabolic Syndrome Blue-plate Special - also here, here
Background, Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - High vitamin C level linked to decreased stroke risk
  2. January 22, 2008 - FDA Approves High Blood Pressure Tablets - also here, here
  3. January 23, 2008 - Herbal Remedy, Hawthorn Extract, Can Help The Heart, Review Finds - also here
  4. January 24, 2008 - From And For The Heart, My Dear Valentine: Broccoli - also here
  5. January 24, 2008 - Gene Variations Associated With Effectiveness Of Blood Pressure Medications - also here
  6. January 25, 2008 - Aspirin reduces death rate in heart patients
  7. January 25, 2008 - Simplified Scoring System May Better Predict Cardiovascular Disease Risk - also here
  8. January 25, 2008 - Heavy drinking in youth tied to heart risks later
  9. January 25, 2008 - Antioxidants Such As Vitamins C And E Don't Prevent Pre-eclampsia, Study Finds
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Gene therapy could ease chronic pain
  2. January 23, 2008 - Gene Therapy Technique: Water Droplets Produced By Electrospray Render Cells Permeable To External DNA
  3. January 24, 2008 - Targeted Gene Therapy Provides Relief For Chronic Pain, Study Shows
Background


Anti-TNF drugs and autoimmune diseases

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - New View Of Drugs Used To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis - also here, here
  2. January 25, 2008 - TNF-alpha antagonist stops inflammation-induced colon cancer in its tracks
Background, Background


Autism

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Chromosomal Abnormalities Play Substantial Role In Autism
  2. January 23, 2008 - Navigating the Genome for Autism Clues
  3. January 25, 2008 - New approach to detect autism earlier - also here
Background


Myelodysplasia

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Gene Responsible For Debilitating Blood Cell Disorder Discovered
Background


Stress and coronary heart disease

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Work-related stress can kill, study finds
  2. January 22, 2008 - Stress At Work Is Linked To Heart Disease - also here, here
  3. January 23, 2008 - Work stress 'changes your body'
  4. January 23, 2008 - Work Stress 'Increases Under-50s Heart Risk'
Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Immunologists Find Better Way To Boost The Immune System - also here
Background


Exercise and longevity

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Exercise sharply cuts older men's death rate: study
  2. January 23, 2008 - A Little Regular Exercise Extends Men's Lives - also here, here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. January 22, 2008 - Obesity surgery helps diabetics, study finds
  2. January 22, 2008 - Stomach surgery curbs some patients' diabetes
  3. January 23, 2008 - Gastric Banding Reverses Impact Of Type 2 Diabetes
  4. January 23, 2008 - Study: Stomach banding is potent diabetes tool
  5. January 25, 2008 - Environmental pollution and diabetes may be linked - also here
  6. January 25, 2008 - Study: Obesity Surgery Can Cure Diabetes - also here, here, here
Background


Cholesterol-lowering drugs

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - Moving target: Vytorin raises new questions
  2. January 25, 2008 - FDA to review Vytorin cholesterol drug study - also here
  3. January 25, 2008 - FDA defends cholesterol cutting as study goal - also here
  4. January 25, 2008 - FDA Will Wait for Trial Results on Vytorin - also here
  5. January 26, 2008 - FDA to review Vytorin results
Background


Visceral fat, inflammation, and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - Missing Link Between Belly Fat And Heart Disease?
  2. January 25, 2008 - Visualizing Inflammation In Fat Tissue
Background, Background


Malaria

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - Early Promising Results In Malaria Vaccine Trial - also here, here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - Stem Cells Used To Try To Save Patient's Legs - also here
  2. January 24, 2008 - Stem Cells May Gradually Replace Antirejection Drugs For Kidney Transplant Patients
  3. January 24, 2008 - Engineers Use Blood's Hydrodynamics to Manipulate Stem, Cancer Cells - also here, here
  4. January 25, 2008 - Protein That Controls Hair Growth Also Keeps Stem Cells Slumbering - also here, here, here
  5. January 25, 2008 - Turning On Adult Stem Cells May Help Repair Bone - also here
  6. January 25, 2008 - Building stronger bones, 1 stem cell at a time
  7. January 25, 2008 - Adult stem cell application effective in treatment of peripheric vascular disease - also here
Background


RNAi gene therapy

References:
  1. January 23, 2008 - The RNA Drug Revolution: A New Approach To Gene Therapy - also here
Background, Background, Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Driving Proves Potentially Hazardous For People With Early Alzheimer's - also here, here
  2. January 25, 2008 - Searching For Amyloid Interactions
  3. January 25, 2008 - Controversial theory of Alzheimer's origin funded
  4. January 27, 2008 - Less Education May Lead To Delayed Awareness Of Alzheimer's Onset - also here, here
  5. January 27, 2008 - Amyloid blockers may be a dead end
Background


Nanobiotechnology

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Nanomaterials Used To Localize And Control Drug Delivery - also here, here
Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - New Therapeutic Target For Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis
Background


SIRT1 and COPD

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Cigarettes Leave Deadly Path By Purging Protective Genes - also here
Background


Regenerating pancreatic beta cells

References:
  1. January 24, 2008 - Elusive Pancreas-Healing Cells Discovered
  2. January 24, 2008 - Scientists find pancreatic stem cells in mice - also here
  3. January 24, 2008 - Hurt an Organ, Help a Disease?
  4. January 24, 2008 - Cell regeneration brings hope for diabetics
  5. January 25, 2008 - Elusive Pancreatic Stem Cells Found In Mice
Background, Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Genes Linked To Parkinson's Protection Identified - also here
Background


Regulatory T cells and type 1 diabetes

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Deficient regulators in the immune system responsible for type 1 diabetes - also here, here
Background, Background


Universal influenza vaccine

References:
  1. January 25, 2008 - Universal Influenza Vaccine Tested Successfully In Humans
Background, Background


Autoimmune disease

References:
  1. January 27, 2008 - Chopped Up Proteins Trigger Autoimmunity - also here, here
  2. January 27, 2008 - A major step toward a more targeted treatment for auto-immune diseases? - also here
Background


Antidepressants

References:
  1. January 27, 2008 - Genetic Difference Predicts Antidepressant Response - also here, here
Background


Vitamin D and the immune system

References:
  1. January 27, 2008 - Vitamin D Deficiency Study Raises New Questions About Disease And Supplements
Background


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