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Volume 7, Number 50
December 15, 2008

Physical sciences and technology

Extrasolar planets
Global warming
Climate modeling
Southern Ocean circulation
Large Hadron Collider
Silicon photonics
Star forming regions
Gamma-ray astronomy
Maskless simiconductor lithography
Magnetic semiconductors
Carbon nanotubes
Simulating galaxy formation
Milky Way's black hole
Cosmic rays
Cosmic microwave background astronomy
Brown dwarfs
Europa
Star formation
Lab-on-a-chip
Photovoltaics
Dark energy
Ocean acidification
Seismic waves in subduction zones
Neutrino astronomy
Dyking events
Earthquakes
James Webb Space Telescope
Black holes
Exobiology
Digital storage technology
Grid computing
Climate change and ocean chemistry
Dark matter
Water on Mars
Pacific Decadal Oscillation
Planet formation
White dwarf stars
Superconductivity
Nanotechnology
Graphene
Robotics
Transparent resistive random access memory

Life sciences

Canine envy
Synthetic biology
Species mutualism
Animal size and evolutionary fitness
Alternative splicing and heart development
Associative learning neurons
Abnormal fat metabolism in C. elegans
Oxytocin, stress, and cortisol
Aggression and status
Amino acid transceptors
Bacteriophages
Mathematical model of cells and organelles
Mitosis
Gastrulation
DNA replication
Origins of life
Brain-imaging studies
RNA interference, epigenetics, and transposons
Retrotransposons
Kidney development
Anti-inflammatory immune response
Aptosis inhibitors and cell migration
Paneth cells and intestinal bacteria
Decision making
Memory and FMR1
Neanderthals
Commensal bacteria
Genetics of speciation
Agricultural biotechnology
Insect immunity to bacteria
Consumption and status
Interception of parasites by dendritic cells
Endocytosis
Intracellular transport
AKT and neuron survival in aging brains
Mathematical models of adaptive immunity
Forgetting
S6K and metabolism
Ancient retroviruses
Sexual selection
Circadian rhythm and immune response

Health and medicine

Cancer
Malaria
Metabolic syndrome
Cardiovascular disease
Stem cells
Genetics and cholesterol
Diabetes
Obesity
Avian flu
MicroRNA and cancer
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Autism
Poliovirus infection
PI3K and neurological disease
Hepatitis C
Inflammatory bowel disease
Alzheimer's disease
Multiple sclerosis
Autoimmune diseases
Dementia
AIDS
Immunotherapy
Tissue engineering
Cancer biology
Nicotine addiction
Vaccines
Heart rate, obesity, and diabetes
Tuberculosis
Parkinson's disease
Anti-inflammatory drugs
Alcohol dependence
Fructose metabolism
Sugar addiction
Exercise and appetite
RNA interference and vaccines
Carbohydrates and cognition skills
Gene therapy
Nanobiotechnology
Epigenetics and depression



Physical sciences and technology


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - First Exoplanet With CO2 Heats Up Hunt for Other Earths
  2. December 9, 2008 - CO2 found on "hot Jupiter" planet
  3. December 9, 2008 - First Detection of Carbon Dioxide in an Exoplanet
  4. December 9, 2008 - Hubble Telescope Finds Carbon Dioxide On An Extrasolar Planet - also here
  5. December 9, 2008 - Hubble telescope finds carbon dioxide on distant planet
  6. December 10, 2008 - Exoplanet may harbour stormy skies
  7. December 10, 2008 - Hubble finds carbon dioxide on an extrasolar planet
  8. December 10, 2008 - Predicted Planet Seen-First Since Neptune 162 Years Ago - also here
  9. December 10, 2008 - Water Vapor Detected on Distant Planet
  10. December 10, 2008 - Water confirmed on distant planet
  11. December 10, 2008 - Water found in hot planet's orbit
  12. December 10, 2008 - Carbon dioxide found on alien world
  13. December 11, 2008 - Hubble spots CO2 on extrasolar planet
  14. December 11, 2008 - Astronomers use ultra-sensitive camera to measure size of planet orbiting star - also here, here
  15. December 11, 2008 - A Distant World in Hot Water
  16. December 12, 2008 - Exoplanet is rapidly orbiting speed demon
  17. December 13, 2008 - Wobbly Planets Could Reveal Earth-like Moons - also here, here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Chilean glaciers retreating due to global warming: report
  2. December 8, 2008 - Global warming aided by drought, deforestation link
  3. December 11, 2008 - Earth has warmed 0.4 C in 30 years
Background


Climate modeling

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Research into fair-weather clouds important in climate predictions - also here
Background


Southern Ocean circulation

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Southern Ocean resistant to changing winds
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - LHC to Restart in 2009
  2. December 10, 2008 - Hadron collider faces long wait for repairs
  3. December 12, 2008 - Warning system to protect LHC from future failure
Background


Silicon photonics

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Silicon Photonics Advancement Aims to Accelerate Future Computing, Communications
Background


Star forming regions

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Violent Star-Forming Nebula Caught by Spitzer Telescope
Background


Gamma-ray astronomy

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - New Window on the High-energy Universe
Background


Maskless simiconductor lithography

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Un-masking A Faster Solution For Chip-making
Background


Magnetic semiconductors

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Neutron Researchers Discover Widely Sought Property In Magnetic Semiconductor
  2. December 9, 2008 - Research shows there could be no end in sight for Moore's Law - also here
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - New Hybrid Nanostructures Detect Nanoscale Magnetism - also here, here
  2. December 10, 2008 - Clothing With A Brain: 'Smart Fabrics' That Monitor Health - also here
  3. December 12, 2008 - Carbon Nanotube Clothing Could Take Charge in an Emergency
  4. December 14, 2008 - Method sorts out double-walled carbon nanotube problem - also here
  5. December 23, 2008 - Researchers make breakthrough in the production of double-walled carbon nanotubes - also here
Background


Simulating galaxy formation

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Lights, Camera, Render: Visualizing the Universe
Background


Milky Way's black hole

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - New Observations Detail Milky Way's Big Black Hole
  2. December 9, 2008 - Black hole confirmed in Milky Way
  3. December 10, 2008 - Unprecedented 16-year-long Study Tracks Stars Orbiting Milky Way Black Hole - also here
  4. December 10, 2008 - Star paths reveal secrets of Milky Way's black hole
  5. December 10, 2008 - Confirmed: Monstrous Black Hole Lurks in Our Galaxy's Center
  6. December 11, 2008 - Astronomers Zero in on Milky Way's Black Hole
  7. December 11, 2008 - Closing In on the Milky Way's Central Black Hole
  8. December 16, 2008 - Gravity betrays black heart of Milky Way
Background, Background


Cosmic rays

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Cosmic-ray mystery deepens
Background


Cosmic microwave background astronomy

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Reading Ripples in the Cosmic Microwave Background
Background, Background, Background


Brown dwarfs

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Dimmest "Stars" in Universe Spotted?
  2. December 10, 2008 - Dimmest star-like objects discovered
  3. December 10, 2008 - Milky Way's dimmest bulbs found
  4. December 11, 2008 - Binary dwarfs are faintest stars ever detected
  5. December 11, 2008 - Astronomers Find The Two Dimmest Stellar Bulbs
  6. December 15, 2008 - Found: The Dimmest Bulbs in Space
Background


Europa

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Jupiter Moon Has Violent, Hidden Oceans, Study Suggests
  2. December 10, 2008 - Swirling waters boost chance of life on Europa
  3. December 12, 2008 - Europa does the wave to generate heat - also here
  4. December 12, 2008 - Scientist Explains Why Jupiter's Moon Europa Could Have Energetic Liquid Oceans
Background


Star formation

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Rivers Of Gas Flow Around Stars In New Space Image - also here
  2. December 10, 2008 - New Infrared Image of Swan Nebula
  3. December 11, 2008 - Drama in the heart of the Tarantula - also here
Background


Lab-on-a-chip

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Bringing Lab-on-a-chip To A Surgery Near You
Background


Photovoltaics

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Finding better materials for solar cells
Background


Dark energy

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Voiding the Cosmic Void: We're not at Center of the Universe After All
  2. December 19, 2008 - Earth not center of the universe, surrounded by 'dark energy' - also here, here
  3. December 28, 2008 - What Can Swiss Cheese Teach Us About Dark Energy? - also here
Background


Ocean acidification

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - 1/5 of coral reefs already lost, much more feared
  2. December 10, 2008 - Fifth of world's corals already dead, say experts
  3. December 15, 2008 - Time Running Out On Coral Reefs As Climate Change Becomes Increasing Threat
  4. December 18, 2008 - World's oceans turning acidic faster than expected
Background


Seismic waves in subduction zones

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Tracking Down Strange Seismic Waves
Background


Neutrino astronomy

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Building World's Largest Neutrino Telescope At South Pole - also here, here
Background


Dyking events

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Key Event That Breaks Continents Apart Discovered - also here
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Great Indian Ocean earthquake of 2004 set off tremors in San Andreas fault - also here, here
Background


James Webb Space Telescope

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - The Incredible Journey of the James Webb Space Telescope
  2. December 11, 2008 - Hubble's Replacement Now Taking Shape
Background


Black holes

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Spinning drops could model black holes
  2. December 13, 2008 - Supermassive Black Hole Dissected With Natural Magnifying Glasses: 1,000 Times Clearer Than Best Telescopes Can Do - also here
Background


Exobiology

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Ocean worlds may be dying stars' last haven for life
Background


Digital storage technology

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Nuclear strength laser creates 3-D memory
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Virtual Organizations Become A Reality
  2. December 16, 2008 - Grid Applications: A New Way To Do Business
  3. December 21, 2008 - Poor-manís Supercomputing Goes Commercial
Background


Climate change and ocean chemistry

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Climate Change Alters Ocean Chemistry - also here
Background, Background


Dark matter

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - New Detector Will Aid Dark Matter Search - also here, here
  2. December 12, 2008 - What if dark matter particles aren't WIMPs?
Background


Water on Mars

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Groundwater Springs Played Important Role In Shaping Mars, Perhaps Sheltering Primitive Life - also here, here
Background


Pacific Decadal Oscillation

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Oscillation Rules As The Pacific Cools - also here
Background


Planet formation

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Planet formation could lie in stellar storms rather than gravitational instability - also here
Background


White dwarf stars

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - The hottest white dwarf in its class - also here
  2. December 12, 2008 - Hot Star Found
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Breakthrough experiment on high-temperature superconductors
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - 'Impossible' Nanoscale Process Succeeds: Molecular Chain Reaction On Metal Surface Offers Potential For Information Storage - also here, here
Background


Graphene

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Graphene goes large scale
Background


Robotics

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - A Perfect Female Companion: Project Aiko
Background, Background


Transparent resistive random access memory

References:
  1. December 13, 2008 - Clear Computer Chip Fabricated - also here
  2. December 22, 2008 - Transparent memory makes for see-through phones
Background



Life sciences


Canine envy

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Envy is a dog's life, study finds
  2. December 8, 2008 - Dogs Will Go on Strike over Unfair Treats
  3. December 8, 2008 - Dogs Can Feel Envy, Study Suggests
  4. December 8, 2008 - Dogs Have a Nose for Inequity
  5. December 8, 2008 - Test reveals dogs' jealous side
  6. December 8, 2008 - Jealous dogs don't play ball
  7. December 8, 2008 - Studies show dogs have sense of fairness
  8. December 9, 2008 - Dogs Feel Envy, Austrian Study Finds
  9. December 9, 2008 - Envy is a dog's life, study finds
  10. December 9, 2008 - Dogs are envious and petulant
Background


Synthetic biology

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Yeast assembles synthetic genome
Background


Species mutualism

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Mutualism By Natural Selection: Imitation Is Not Just Flattery For Amazon Butterfly Species
Background


Animal size and evolutionary fitness

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Spider Love: Little Guys Get Lots More - also here, here
  2. December 12, 2008 - In The Animal World, Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better - also here
Background


Alternative splicing and heart development

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Alternative splicing proteins prompt heart development - also here
Background, Background


Associative learning neurons

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Pavlov's Neurons: Brain Cells That Are A Key To Learning Discovered - also here
Background, Background


Abnormal fat metabolism in C. elegans

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Key To 'Curing' Obesity May Lie In Worms That Destroy Their Own Fat - also here, here
Background


Oxytocin, stress, and cortisol

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Natural Hormone Reduces Stress Hormones In Arguing Couples
Background


Aggression and status

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Why Do People Make 'A Mountain Out of a Molehill?' Aggression, Status And Sex - also here, here
Background


Amino acid transceptors

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Food Can Affect A Cell In The Same Way Hormones Do
Background


Bacteriophages

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Properties of Unusual Virus Revealed - also here, here
Background


Mathematical model of cells and organelles

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Mathematical model gives clearer picture of physics of cells, organelles - also here, here
Background, Background


Mitosis

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - A central mystery in cell division solved - also here, here
Background


Gastrulation

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Researchers get first look at how groups of cells coordinate their movements - also here
Background


DNA replication

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - First 3D images obtained of core component of molecular machinery used for cell reproduction - also here
Background


Origins of life

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Why Life Originated (And Why it Continues)
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - In the Brain, Justice is Served from Many Parts
  2. December 10, 2008 - Determining responsibility and assigning punishment governed by different brain systems
  3. December 10, 2008 - Bored? Your brain is disconnecting
  4. December 11, 2008 - How The Brain Thinks About Crime And Punishment
  5. December 11, 2008 - Justice may be hard-wired into the human brain
  6. December 12, 2008 - 'Mind-reading' software could record your dreams
  7. December 14, 2008 - Inside The Consumer Mind: Brain Scans Reveal Choice Mechanism - also here
  8. December 17, 2008 - What are you looking at? Japan scientists find out
Background


RNA interference, epigenetics, and transposons

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Changing Epigenetic Modifications That Enable Transposons To Run Amok - also here, here
Background, Background


Retrotransposons

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - New research shows how gene function drives natural selection in important class of genetic elements - also here
Background


Kidney development

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Metagene 'Portraits' Reveal Distinct Stages Of Kidney Formation - also here
Background


Anti-inflammatory immune response

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Cell Receptor Identified As Target For Anti-inflammatory Immune Response
Background, Background


Aptosis inhibitors and cell migration

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Apoptosis Inhibitors Prevent Not Only Cell Death, But Also Play A Role In Cell Migration
Background, Background


Paneth cells and intestinal bacteria

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - 'Border Patrol Agents' Identified In The Gut - also here
Background


Decision making

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Complex Decision? Don't Think About It - also here, here
Background


Memory and FMR1

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - 'Fly guy' makes memory breakthrough - also here
Background


Neanderthals

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Neanderthal genome already giving up its secrets
  2. December 11, 2008 - Late Neandertals And Modern Human Contact In Southeastern Iberia - also here
Background


Commensal bacteria

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Bug genes are the key to human digestion
Background


Genetics of speciation

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Gene Could Drive Species Separation
  2. December 11, 2008 - The genes that drive speciation
Background


Agricultural biotechnology

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Non-Target Insects Affected More By Insecticides Than By Crops Engineered To Make Insect-specific Toxins
Background


Insect immunity to bacteria

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Some Beetles Can Quickly Neutralize Bacteria And Reduce Emergence Of Resistant Bacteria At Same Time
Background


Consumption and status

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Are Men Hardwired To Overspend? - also here
Background


Interception of parasites by dendritic cells

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Scans show immune cells intercepting parasites - also here, here
Background


Endocytosis

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Scientists watch membrane fission in real time - also here
Background


Intracellular transport

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Biologist modifies theory of cells' engines - also here
Background


AKT and neuron survival in aging brains

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Cellular 'Brakes' May Slow Memory Process In Aging Brains - also here, here
Background, Background


Mathematical models of adaptive immunity

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Mathematical models of adaptive immunity
Background, Background


Forgetting

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Study reveals clues to how we forget over short-term
Background


S6K and metabolism

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Brain enzyme may play key role in controlling appetite and weight gain - also here
Background


Ancient retroviruses

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Defensive protein killed ancient primate retroviruses, research suggests
Background


Sexual selection

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Study Finds Beaked Whales' Tusks Evolved Through Sexual Selection Process - also here
  2. December 15, 2008 - Whales' teeth are aid to mating
  3. December 19, 2008 - "Sexy" Tusks Led to New Whale Species?
Background


Circadian rhythm and immune response

References:
  1. December 14, 2008 - Snoring or soaring? Strength of fruit-fly immune system varies
  2. December 14, 2008 - Immunity stronger at night than during day - also here, here
Background



Health and medicine


Cancer

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Compound lights up spreading cancer cells
  2. December 8, 2008 - Novartis leukemia drugs show promise
  3. December 8, 2008 - Older Acute Myloid Leukemia Patients Show Promising Response In Drug Study - also here
  4. December 8, 2008 - Second-generation Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Drugs Show Promise As Frontline Therapy - also here
  5. December 8, 2008 - Mammograms: Oldest Old 'Hanging In The Balance?' - also here
  6. December 8, 2008 - Statins Do Not Interfere With Rituximab Treatment For Lymphomas, Study Suggests - also here
  7. December 8, 2008 - New Prognostic Model For Myelodysplastic Syndrome Covers All Phases Of Disease
  8. December 8, 2008 - Children's Cancer Group Recommends Global Evaluation System For Neuroblastoma To Improve Treatment - also here, here
  9. December 8, 2008 - Best Treatments For Long-term Survival In Brain Tumor Patients Identified
  10. December 8, 2008 - Genetic signature predicts outcome of pediatric liver cancer - also here
  11. December 8, 2008 - Researchers discover protein that contributes to cancer spread - also here
  12. December 8, 2008 - Researcher Finds Early Photon Imaging Detects Lung Cancer
  13. December 9, 2008 - Certain chemotherapy combinations work best
  14. December 9, 2008 - Antioxidants Fail to Prevent Prostate Cancer
  15. December 9, 2008 - Pollutants in the Womb Can Trigger Adult Cancers
  16. December 9, 2008 - New Therapy Prevents Dangerous Side Effect For Lymphoma Patients, Study Suggests - also here, here
  17. December 9, 2008 - No Association Found Between Fat, Protein, And Meat Consumption And Kidney Cancer
  18. December 9, 2008 - Dismissed Leukemia Drug Helps Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients, Studies Show - also here, here
  19. December 9, 2008 - Interactive gene 'networks' may predict if leukemia is aggressive or slow-growing - also here, here
  20. December 9, 2008 - Promising new drug blocks mutation in bone marrow cancers - also here
  21. December 9, 2008 - Protein levels indicate risk of death in some colorectal cancer patients - also here
  22. December 9, 2008 - Study finds selenium, vitamin E do not prevent prostate cancer - also here
  23. December 9, 2008 - Nonhormonal treatment regimens improve survival in patients with metastatic breast cancer - also here
  24. December 10, 2008 - Antioxidants may not protect against cancer
  25. December 10, 2008 - Prolonged Overall Survival For Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia - also here, here
  26. December 10, 2008 - New Global Blueprint To Treat Childhood Cancer
  27. December 10, 2008 - Enzyme May Hold Key To Successfully Treating Pancreatic Cancer With Targeted Immunotherapy
  28. December 10, 2008 - Precious Metal Could Lead To Next Generation Of Cancer Treatments - also here
  29. December 10, 2008 - Marital Problems Lead To Poorer Outcomes For Breast Cancer Patients - also here
  30. December 10, 2008 - Brief Inhibition Of Cancer Target Is Effective And Less Toxic - also here
  31. December 10, 2008 - Intense chemotherapy wards off recurrence in half of mantle cell lymphoma patients after seven years - also here, here
  32. December 10, 2008 - Hormone therapy for prostate cancer does not appear to increase cardiac death
  33. December 10, 2008 - Vitamins 'do not cut cancer risk'
  34. December 10, 2008 - Fertility drugs increase cancer risk
  35. December 11, 2008 - Pfizer drug fails to beat tamoxifen at 2.75 years
  36. December 11, 2008 - Letrozole beats tamoxifen for breast cancer
  37. December 11, 2008 - Heart drug linked to breast cancer
  38. December 11, 2008 - Glaxo, Novartis drug combo delays breast cancer
  39. December 11, 2008 - Bone drug Zometa helps shrink breast tumors: study
  40. December 11, 2008 - Stronger Role for a Breast Cancer Drug
  41. December 11, 2008 - Why Gleevec-type Drugs Control, But Do Not Eradicate, Leukemia - also here
  42. December 11, 2008 - Study of revlimid and vidaza in higher-risk MDS is well-tolerated and has high activity
  43. December 11, 2008 - Promising results from 2 trials highlighting pomalidomide presented at ASH
  44. December 11, 2008 - Analysis shows revlimid plus dexamethasone increases overall survival in multiple myeloma patients
  45. December 11, 2008 - Analysis shows that vidaza prolongs survival in patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes
  46. December 11, 2008 - Light shines for potential early cancer diagnosis technique - also here, here
  47. December 11, 2008 - Researchers: tamoxifen's power comes from endoxifen - also here
  48. December 11, 2008 - Estrogen pills can benefit women with metastatic breast cancer - also here
  49. December 11, 2008 - Study: Bone drug helps chemo fight breast cancer
  50. December 12, 2008 - Small breast tumors might need more treatment: study
  51. December 12, 2008 - FDA questions Lilly, Amgen cancer drug trials
  52. December 12, 2008 - Breast Density Signals Tamoxifen's Effectiveness
  53. December 12, 2008 - Most Triple-negative Breast Cancers Express Muc-1 Target - also here
  54. December 12, 2008 - Drug Combination Improves Or Stabilizes Disease For Relapsed Multiple Myeloma Patients - also here
  55. December 12, 2008 - Gene Mutation That Causes Eye Cancer Discovered - also here, here
  56. December 12, 2008 - Oral Cancer Patients Could Be Diagnosed Earlier, Study Suggests - also here
  57. December 12, 2008 - Lethal 'Lint Brush' Captures And Kills Cancer Cells In Bloodstream - also here, here
  58. December 12, 2008 - Key mechanism that occurs at the inception point of many human lymphomas identified - also here, here
  59. December 12, 2008 - Meta-analyses of global trials finds in favor of aromatase inhibitors - also here
  60. December 12, 2008 - Early stage, HER2-positive breast cancer patients at increased risk of recurrence - also here
  61. December 12, 2008 - Study: Small breast tumors may need more treatment
  62. December 12, 2008 - New test aims to predict breast cancer risk better
  63. December 12, 2008 - Study of Tumor Recurrence May Change Drug Guidelines
  64. December 13, 2008 - Rotating breast cancer tests helps high-risk women
  65. December 13, 2008 - Breast changes tell whether treatment works: study
  66. December 13, 2008 - Soy Compound Revs Up Cancer Fighter in Healthy Tissue
  67. December 13, 2008 - Breast Cancer: Research On Tamoxifen Leads To Recommendation For CYP2D6 Gene Test
  68. December 13, 2008 - Planned Safety Analysis Of A Breast Cancer Prevention Study Reveals Encouraging News For Exemestane - also here
  69. December 13, 2008 - Potential Breakthrough For T-Cell Lymphoma Patients With Drug That Mimics Folic Acid - also here, here
  70. December 13, 2008 - New study firmly ties hormone use to breast cancer
  71. December 14, 2008 - Understanding Brain Tumor Growth Through Applying Weather Forecasting Technology
  72. December 14, 2008 - Selenium May Prevent High Risk-bladder Cancer - also here, here
  73. December 14, 2008 - Tau protein expression predicts breast cancer survival -- though not as expected
  74. December 14, 2008 - Breast cancer risk varies in young women with benign breast disease - also here
  75. December 14, 2008 - Researchers find potential links between breast density and breast cancer risk - also here
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Malaria 'early warning' test hope
  2. December 8, 2008 - Glaxo malaria vaccine protects babies, children
  3. December 8, 2008 - Malaria Vaccine Closer to Reality
  4. December 8, 2008 - Malaria vax passes hurdle
  5. December 8, 2008 - Malaria vaccine gets shot in the arm from tests
  6. December 8, 2008 - Promising Trials Of Malaria Vaccine In East Africa Lead To Calls For Phase 3 Development - also here
  7. December 8, 2008 - Biomarkers in blood could aid diagnosis of crippling, often fatal forms of malaria - also here
  8. December 8, 2008 - New studies show malaria vaccine candidate advancing in Africa
  9. December 8, 2008 - Malaria vaccine halves infections in trials
  10. December 8, 2008 - Malaria vaccine shows promise in Africa tests
  11. December 10, 2008 - Examination of widely used antimicrobial compound reveals new strategies to fight malaria - also here
  12. December 12, 2008 - Malaria Journal supplement evaluates steps toward elimination
Background


Metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Nuts boost health benefit of Mediterranean diet
  2. December 8, 2008 - Scientists find nutty risk reducer: Eat more nuts
  3. December 9, 2008 - Mediterranean Diet Plus Nuts May Be Helpful In Managing Metabolic Syndrome - also here
  4. December 9, 2008 - Daily nuts may help boost health
Background, Background, Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - The Protein Cd36 Helps Trap Macrophages In The Wall Of Arterial Blood Vessels
  2. December 9, 2008 - Up To 2 Drinks Per Day Not Linked With Higher Risk Of Irregular Heart Beat For Women
  3. December 9, 2008 - Protein could prevent blocked arteries
  4. December 11, 2008 - U.S. Amish gene trait may inspire heart protection
  5. December 11, 2008 - A Horse, a Buggy, and a Very Decadent Milkshake
  6. December 11, 2008 - Panic attacks linked to heart disease
  7. December 11, 2008 - Brand-name Drugs Do Not Appear Superior To Generic Drugs For Treating Cardiovascular Diseases
  8. December 11, 2008 - Researchers discover gene mutation that helps prevent heart disease - also here
  9. December 11, 2008 - Panic attacks heart danger link
  10. December 12, 2008 - Living In Multigenerational Households Triples Women's Heart Disease Risk - also here
  11. December 12, 2008 - Panic Attacks Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Attacks And Heart Disease, Especially In Younger People - also here
  12. December 12, 2008 - New Cause Of Heart Arrhythmia Found - also here
  13. December 12, 2008 - Rare disease provides clues about enzyme role in arrhythmias - also here, here
  14. December 12, 2008 - Amish gene 'limits heart disease'
  15. December 14, 2008 - Research aims to reduce scarring from heart attacks - also here
  16. December 14, 2008 - Treatment 'could cut heart scars'
  17. December 15, 2008 - Reducing the damage of a heart attack: Mechanism behind cardiac scarring discovered - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Benefit of adipose-derived regenerative cells in spinal disc model reported
  2. December 9, 2008 - Clinical trial demonstrates safety of pre-transplant expansion of umbilical cord blood stem cells - also here
  3. December 10, 2008 - First functional stem-cell niche model created
  4. December 11, 2008 - Transplanted Fat Cells Restore Function After Spinal Cord Injury - also here
  5. December 13, 2008 - Heart Regenerates After Infarction: First Trials With Mice - also here, here
  6. December 14, 2008 - Single adult stem cell can self renew, repair tissue damage in live mammal - also here
Background


Genetics and cholesterol

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Six Genetic Variants Associated With 'Bad' Cholesterol
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. December 8, 2008 - Vitamin B1 could reverse early-stage kidney disease in diabetes patients
  2. December 8, 2008 - Increasing physical activity and limiting television may lead to reduction in type 2 diabetes
  3. December 10, 2008 - Overweight siblings of children with type 2 diabetes likely to have abnormal blood sugar levels - also here, here
  4. December 11, 2008 - Drug may stop diabetics' glucose decline at night
  5. December 11, 2008 - Prevalence of disordered eating behaviors in diabetics probed - also here, here
Background


Obesity

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Obesity may raise headache risk
  2. December 9, 2008 - New study finds not all fats are created equal - also here, here
  3. December 10, 2008 - Family lifestyle equals genes in obesity risk
  4. December 11, 2008 - Lack Of Vitamin D Causes Weight Gain And Stunts Growth In Girls - also here, here
  5. December 11, 2008 - Gene 'triggers unhealthy eating'
  6. December 11, 2008 - Kids with obesity-linked gene like fattening foods
  7. December 12, 2008 - Researcher finds correlation between childhood obesity and asthma
  8. December 14, 2008 - Study finds six new gene mutations linked to obesity
  9. December 14, 2008 - Six new genes suggest obesity is in your head, not your gut
  10. December 14, 2008 - Brain background to body mass - also here
  11. December 15, 2008 - Six new gene mutations linked to obesity
  12. December 15, 2008 - Obesity 'controlled by the brain'
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Indonesia confirms two human bird flu cases: WHO
  2. December 9, 2008 - Hong Kong raises bird flu alert after H5 cases
  3. December 9, 2008 - Hong Kong to cull 80,000 chickens after H5 outbreak
  4. December 9, 2008 - Bird flu found in Hong Kong chicken farm
  5. December 12, 2008 - Fears of human bird flu cases rise in India's Assam - also here
  6. December 12, 2008 - Cambodian man gets bird flu, first case since 2007
  7. December 12, 2008 - Cambodia confirms new bird flu case
  8. December 14, 2008 - Indian state to kill 200,000 fowl in bird flu cull
  9. December 14, 2008 - India battles bird flu as farmers resist cull
Background


MicroRNA and cancer

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Harnessing MiRNA Natural Gene Repressors For Anticancer Therapy
Background, Background


Antibiotic-resistant bacteria

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - New Drugs Against MRSA, Other Superbugs Still Lacking
Background, Background


Autism

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Epilepsy Drug Taken When Pregnant May Increase Risk Of Autism In Children
  2. December 10, 2008 - When it's more than the 'terrible twos' - also here, here
  3. December 10, 2008 - Memory study on mice offers new insights into understanding autism
  4. December 10, 2008 - Decreased levels of binding gene affect memory and behavior
  5. December 10, 2008 - Brain deletion of FK506-binding protein enhances repetitive behaviors in mice
Background


Poliovirus infection

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Biologists spy close-up view of poliovirus linked to host cell receptor - also here, here
Background


PI3K and neurological disease

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Study finds possible clues to epilepsy, autism - also here, here
Background, Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Research points to new therapy for hepatitis C - also here, here
  2. December 10, 2008 - Hepatitis C Treatment Reduces the Virus but Liver Damage Continues - also here, here
Background


Inflammatory bowel disease

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Study sheds light on cause of bowel disease
  2. December 9, 2008 - Baby protein 'could help bowels'
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. December 9, 2008 - Cold sore virus might cause Alzheimer's
  2. December 10, 2008 - Drug Reduces Aggression, Wandering And Paranoia In Alzheimer's Patients - also here, here
  3. December 10, 2008 - Epilepsy Drug Shows Potential For Alzheimer's Treatment - also here
  4. December 11, 2008 - A special type of collagen may help protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease - also here
  5. December 12, 2008 - Alzheimer's Disease Screening Breakthrough Will Help Identify Potential Treatment Drugs
Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Brain scans show hints of MS years before symptoms
  2. December 12, 2008 - If MRI Shows Signs Of Multiple Sclerosis, Will The Disease Develop? - also here
Background


Autoimmune diseases

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Study links juvenile diabetes and celiac disease
  2. December 11, 2008 - Study identifies diabetes, coeliac link
  3. December 11, 2008 - Type 1 Diabetes And Celiac Disease Linked - also here
  4. December 11, 2008 - Study links diabetes and coeliac
Background


Dementia

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Dementia risk not high in mild cognitive impairment
  2. December 12, 2008 - Sarcasm finds medical use in dementia detection
  3. December 15, 2008 - Sarcasm useful for detecting dementia
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Antibody fights AIDS-like disease in monkeys
  2. December 10, 2008 - Hopes raised on HIV immune boost
  3. December 11, 2008 - Blocking Immune Inhibitor Improves Response To HIV-like Virus, Prolongs Survival In Monkeys - also here
  4. December 12, 2008 - Charting HIV's rapidly changing journey in the body - also here, here
  5. December 14, 2008 - Human DNA may set off AIDS timebomb
Background


Immunotherapy

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Towards Improved Immunotherapy
Background, Background


Tissue engineering

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Production Line For Artificial Skin - also here
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Achilles Heel Found In Cancer Cells - also here
  2. December 11, 2008 - Enzyme That Mutates Antibodies Also Targets Cancer-causing Oncogene - also here
  3. December 14, 2008 - Antisocial, Invasive Cells Are Basis Of Cancer, Finding Suggests
  4. December 14, 2008 - Blocking molecular pathway with whimsical name possible therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer - also here
Background


Nicotine addiction

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Research probes genetic underpinnings of nicotine addiction - also here, here
Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. December 10, 2008 - Dressed to Kill: From Virus to Vaccine
  2. December 12, 2008 - Vaccine failure explained
  3. December 19, 2008 - Failed Vaccine Mystery Solved - also here
  4. December 23, 2008 - Research shows why 1960s RSV shot sickened children
Background


Heart rate, obesity, and diabetes

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - High heart rates linked to obesity, diabetes: study
Background, Background, Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Drug resistant TB rife in China
  2. December 11, 2008 - Drug-resistant tuberculosis rife in China - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Fading Sense Of Smell May Signal Onset Of Parkinson's Disease - also here, here
  2. December 12, 2008 - Parkinson's disease can affect more than just the body
Background


Anti-inflammatory drugs

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - New Class Of Anti-inflammatory Drugs Developed - also here
Background


Alcohol dependence

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Why Some Drinkers Feel Effects Of Alcohol Strongly, And Why Some Are Prone To Alcohol Abuse - also here, here
Background


Fructose metabolism

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Fructose Metabolism More Complicated Than Was Thought - also here, here
Background


Sugar addiction

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Sugar Can Be Addictive: Animal Studies Show Sugar Dependence - also here, here
Background


Exercise and appetite

References:
  1. December 11, 2008 - Exercise suppresses appetite by affecting appetite hormones - also here
Background


RNA interference and vaccines

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - RNA Interference Can Facilitate Vaccine Development - also here, here
Background, Background


Carbohydrates and cognition skills

References:
  1. December 12, 2008 - Low-carb diets can affect dieters' cognition skills - also here, here
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. December 13, 2008 - Gene Therapy Effective Treatment Against Gum Disease - also here, here
Background


Nanobiotechnology

References:
  1. December 14, 2008 - Nanotech sensor detects toxins in living cells - also here
  2. December 14, 2008 - Nanotubes sniff out cancer agents in living cells - also here
Background


Epigenetics and depression

References:
  1. December 14, 2008 - Why Are Some People More Susceptible To Depression Than Others? Stressed-out Mice Reveal Role Of Epigenetics In Behavior - also here
Background, Background


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