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Volume 8, Number 7
February 16, 2009

Physical sciences and technology

Herschel telescope
Large Hadron Collider
James Webb Space Telescope
Global warming
Carbon nanotubes
Photonic switching
Water on Mars
Photovoltaics
Lab-on-a-chip
Stellar jets
CO2 respiration in plants
Neutron stars
Chameleon particles and dark energy
Extraterrestrial intelligence
Climate modeling
Simulation of earliest galaxy formation
Graph theory algorithms
Precise gravity measurements
Nanotechnology
Hydrogen production
Quantum spin Hall effect
Quantum teleportation
Astrochemistry
Plasmonics
Ultra-compact dwarf galaxies
Quantum data buffering
Optical communications
Fermion condensates
Earthquakes
Graphene
Extrasolar planets

Life sciences

Genetics, risk, and anxiety
Evolutionary developmental biology of teeth
Protein synthesis in dividing cells
Nervous system connectome
Brain-imaging studies
Copy number variations and human evolution
Molecular evolution in Coxiella burnetii
Brain processing speed and memory
Protein transport and delivery
Empathy
Genetic variation in yeast
Messenger RNA export
Neanderthal genome
Sleep and memory
Thrill-seeking and the insula
Following cocktail party conversations
Reshaping misfolded proteins with Hsp70
Nanocarbon brain simulation
Fatty acid synthase
Animal intelligence
Evolution of human diet
L-form bacteria
Polydnaviruses
Fearful memory erasure
Speech perception
Induced pluripotent stem cells
Dimethyltryptamine
Histones
Gene expression enhancers
Cellular motors
DNA repair
Carotenoids and evolution
Human courtship behavior
Language and emotions
Neurochemistry of "love"
Kinome research
Artificial cells
Transposable elements in the human genome
Primate emotions
Transposons and gene regulatory networks
Number sense
Aldehyde tags and recombinant proteins
Sign languages
Synthetic biology and the origins of life

Health and medicine

Cancer
Cardiovascular disease
AIDS
Mediterranean diet
Multivitamins, cancer, and cardiovascular disease
Influenza
Cancer biology
Hepatitis C
Antibiotics
Avian flu
Depression
Autism
LSR and lipid metabolism
Inflammation and liver cirrhosis
Limb prostheses
Stem cells
Dementia
Cancer stem cells
Alzheimer's disease
Obesity
Inflammatory bowel disease
Mitochondrial diseases
Obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease
Multiple sclerosis
Rhinoviruses
Serotonin, BDNF, and alcoholism
New mTOR inhibitor for cancer
Bipolar disorder
Drug discovery
Prions
Biofilm inhibitor
Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids
Obesity and migraine
Nanobiotechnology
Wnt signaling and diabetes
Diabetes
Parkinson's disease
MicroRNA and cancer
Gene therapy for AIDS



Physical sciences and technology


Herschel telescope

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - 'Silver sensation' seeks cold cosmos
  2. February 10, 2009 - Herschel And Planck Spacecraft Ready To Move To Launch Site - also here
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - LHC faces further delay
  2. February 9, 2009 - Atom-smasher relaunch delayed to September: official
  3. February 9, 2009 - Hadron Collider relaunch delayed
  4. February 9, 2009 - Large Hadron Collider to restart in September
  5. February 10, 2009 - "Big Bang" collider startup postponed to September
  6. February 10, 2009 - Large Hadron Collider Restart Delayed Until September
  7. February 10, 2009 - CERN Management Confirms New LHC Restart Schedule
  8. February 10, 2009 - LHC's biggest collisions on hold until after 2010
  9. February 10, 2009 - Large Hadron Collider to stay switched off for a year
  10. February 10, 2009 - Big particle collider to restart in September
  11. February 13, 2009 - Autumn restart lands LHC with huge electricity bill
  12. February 18, 2009 - Safety precautions delay start-up of hadron collider
Background


James Webb Space Telescope

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - James Webb space telescope's actual 'spine' now being built - also here
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Scientists say Antarctic climate evidence too strong to ignore
  2. February 9, 2009 - Humans could provide spark that ignites Amazon
  3. February 10, 2009 - Climate change may kill the Amazon rainforest
  4. February 11, 2009 - Avoiding the hothouse and the icehouse - also here, here
  5. February 12, 2009 - Scientists track warming trend in northwestern North America - also here
  6. February 12, 2009 - Vital climate change warnings are being ignored, say experts in Science
  7. February 14, 2009 - Global warming seen worse than predicted
  8. February 14, 2009 - Climate warming gases rising faster than expected
  9. February 14, 2009 - Decisive action needed as warming predictions worsen, says expert
  10. February 15, 2009 - Climate Change Likely To Be More Devastating Than Experts Predicted, Warns Top IPCC Scientist
  11. February 15, 2009 - Biofuels may speed up, not slow global warming: study
  12. February 15, 2009 - Global warming 'underestimated'
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Batteries get a (nano)boost
  2. February 12, 2009 - Test Tube Chemistry Inside A Carbon Nanotube
  3. February 12, 2009 - Carbon Nanotube Avalanche Process Nearly Doubles Current - also here, here
Background


Photonic switching

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Nanocomposite material provides photonic switching
Background


Water on Mars

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Mars Craters Tell Story of Water and Ice
  2. February 12, 2009 - Evidence of ancient hot springs on Mars - also here, here
  3. February 12, 2009 - More Details Emerge on Possible Mars Hot Springs
  4. February 14, 2009 - What's painting dark streaks on Mars?
  5. February 15, 2009 - Mars Gullies May Have Been Formed By Flowing Liquid Brine - also here
Background


Photovoltaics

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Moth eyes inspire more efficient solar cell
  2. February 11, 2009 - Research highlights potential for improved solar cells - also here, here
  3. February 16, 2009 - Solar cells feel the butterfly effect
Background


Lab-on-a-chip

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Laser trick makes lab-on-a-chip more versatile
Background


Stellar jets

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - How Magnetic Forces Shape Cosmic Jets Of Matter Streaming Out Of Stars - also here, here
Background


CO2 respiration in plants

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - High Carbon Dioxide Boosts Plant Respiration, Potentially Affecting Climate And Crops - also here
Background


Neutron stars

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Star Emits Intense Celestial Fireworks
  2. February 11, 2009 - NASA's Swift, Fermi Probe Fireworks From A Flaring Gamma-ray Star - also here, here
Background


Chameleon particles and dark energy

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Chameleon particle blends into the background
Background, Background


Extraterrestrial intelligence

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Alien Census: Can We Estimate How Much Life Is Out There?
Background


Climate modeling

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Unexpected Discovery Could Impact On Future Climate Models - also here
  2. February 12, 2009 - Aerosols -- their part in our rainfall - also here, here
Background


Simulation of earliest galaxy formation

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Cosmologists 'See' The Cosmic Dawn - also here, here
  2. February 12, 2009 - Simulation targets early cosmos
  3. February 16, 2009 - Cosmologists create image of 'cosmic dawn'
  4. February 17, 2009 - New Model of the Early Universe
Background, Background, Background


Graph theory algorithms

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Scientists develop computer algorithm to solve previously unsolvable counting problems
Background


Precise gravity measurements

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Bouncing atoms take a measure of gravity
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Engineers Revolutionize Nano-device Fabrication Using Amorphous Metals - also here
  2. February 12, 2009 - Nanoscale materials grow with the flow - also here
  3. February 13, 2009 - Nano-imprinting breaks the mould
  4. February 15, 2009 - Chemists Create Two-armed Nanorobotic Device To Maneuver World's Tiniest Particles - also here
Background


Hydrogen production

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Enzyme cocktail converts cellulosic materials, water into hydrogen fuel - also here, here
Background


Quantum spin Hall effect

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Quantum Twist: Electrons Mimic Presence of Magnetic Field
  2. February 13, 2009 - Novel Quantum Effect, Quantum Spin Hall Effect, Directly Observed And Explained - also here
  3. February 19, 2009 - Quantum dance: Discovery could revolutionize computing
Background


Quantum teleportation

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Tuning up for teleportation
Background


Astrochemistry

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Astronomers Unveiling Life's Cosmic Origins - also here
Background


Plasmonics

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Molecular Machines Drive Plasmonic Nanoswitches - also here, here
Background


Ultra-compact dwarf galaxies

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Stars Packed Together In Early Universe A Million Times More Closely - also here
Background


Quantum data buffering

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - 'Quantum Data Buffering' Scheme Demonstrated - also here, here
Background


Optical communications

References:
  1. February 14, 2009 - Trapped rainbows could make optical computing a reality
Background


Fermion condensates

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Ultracold Gas Mimics Ultrahot Plasma - also here
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Locations Of Strain, Slip Identified In Major Earthquake Fault - also here
Background


Graphene

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Scientists prove graphene's edge structure affects electronic properties - also here
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Galaxy has 'billions of Earths'
  2. February 16, 2009 - Earth-like planets in our galactic neighborhood
  3. February 19, 2009 - Out There: Billions and Billions of Habitable Planets
Background



Life sciences


Genetics, risk, and anxiety

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - No stomach for market turmoil? Thank your genes
  2. February 11, 2009 - Big-time Financial Risk Taking: Blame It On Their Genes? - also here
  3. February 11, 2009 - Genes fuel financial risk-taking
Background, Background


Evolutionary developmental biology of teeth

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Biologists Find Gene Network That Gave Rise To First Tooth - also here
Background


Protein synthesis in dividing cells

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Biochemists Discover New Biological Mechanism: Transport Factor Divides Protein Synthesis Between Mother And Daughter Cells
Background


Nervous system connectome

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Diverse 'connectomes' hint at genes' limits in the nervous system - also here, here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - First brain study reveals benefits of exercise on quitting smoking - also here, here
  2. February 11, 2009 - For Gamblers' Brains, Almost Counts
  3. February 11, 2009 - Horseshoes, Hand Grenades--and Slot Machines?
  4. February 11, 2009 - Winning responses to near-misses: Research provides insight into compulsive gambling - also here
  5. February 15, 2009 - Bullies' Brains Empathize, But With a Twist
  6. February 15, 2009 - Researchers shed new light on connection between brain and loneliness
Background


Copy number variations and human evolution

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Gene explosion set humans, great apes apart
  2. February 11, 2009 - Duplication in Genomes May Separate Humans from Apes
  3. February 12, 2009 - Gene copies played key role in human-ape split
  4. February 12, 2009 - Did Burst Of Gene Duplication Set Stage For Human Evolution? - also here
  5. February 12, 2009 - Ancestral genome of present-day African great apes & humans had burst of DNA sequence duplication
Background, Background


Molecular evolution in Coxiella burnetii

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Comparative Genomics Reveals Molecular Evolution Of Q Fever Pathogen
Background, Background


Brain processing speed and memory

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Improving Brain Processing Speed Helps Memory - also here, here
  2. February 11, 2009 - Computer Exercises Improve Memory And Attention, Study Suggests - also here, here
Background


Protein transport and delivery

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Self-regulating molecular 'transformers' control intracellular protein delivery - also here, here
Background


Empathy

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Mouse study reveals genetic component of empathy - also here
Background


Genetic variation in yeast

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - On the origin of subspecies - also here
  2. February 12, 2009 - Wild about the evolution of domesticated yeast
  3. February 15, 2009 - Humans And Chimpanzees Genetically More Similar Than One Yeast Variety Is To Another - also here
Background


Messenger RNA export

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Molecular machine turns packaged messenger RNA into a linear transcript - also here
Background


Neanderthal genome

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Scientists get first draft of Neanderthal genome
  2. February 12, 2009 - First Rough Draft of Neanderthal Genome Released
  3. February 12, 2009 - Neanderthal Genome "First Draft" Unveiled
  4. February 12, 2009 - Draft version of the Neanderthal genome completed - also here, here
  5. February 12, 2009 - Neanderthals 'distinct from us'
  6. February 12, 2009 - First draft of Neanderthal genome is unveiled
  7. February 12, 2009 - Team in Germany maps Neanderthal genome
  8. February 12, 2009 - Scientists in Germany Draft Neanderthal Genome
Background, Background


Sleep and memory

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Why Sleep Is Needed To Form Memories - also here
Background, Background


Thrill-seeking and the insula

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Thrill-seeking Behavior May Be Based In The Brain - also here, here
Background, Background


Following cocktail party conversations

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - How Your Brain Deciphers Cocktail Party Banter
Background


Reshaping misfolded proteins with Hsp70

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Restoring Function Of A Mutant Gene Without Altering DNA Might Be Possible - also here, here
Background


Nanocarbon brain simulation

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - How Do You Build A Synthetic Brain?
Background, Background


Fatty acid synthase

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Groundbreaking study on complex movements of enzymes - also here, here
Background


Animal intelligence

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Behavioral studies show baboons and pigeons are capable of higher-level cognition - also here
  2. February 12, 2009 - Researchers say animals plan for the future
  3. February 13, 2009 - Can monkeys choose optimally when faced with noisy stimuli and unequal rewards? - also here
Background


Evolution of human diet

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - genetics research sheds light on evolution of the human diet - also here
  2. February 13, 2009 - High-tech Tests Allow Anthropologists To Track Ancient Hominids Across The Landscape - also here
  3. February 13, 2009 - Cooking Gave Humans Edge Over Apes?
  4. February 19, 2009 - The evolutionary role of cookery
Background


L-form bacteria

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Scientists explore new window on the origins of life
Background


Polydnaviruses

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Research on viral origins suggests new definition of virus may be needed - also here
  2. February 13, 2009 - Ancient virus gave wasps power over caterpillar DNA
  3. February 16, 2009 - Parasite Wasps Have Practiced Gene Therapy For A Hundred Million Years
  4. February 26, 2009 - What Is A Virus? Research Suggests A Broader Definition May Be Needed
Background


Fearful memory erasure

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Drug banishes bad memories
  2. February 15, 2009 - Study takes step toward erasing bad memories
  3. February 15, 2009 - Beta-Blockers Erase Emotion of Fearful Memories
  4. February 15, 2009 - 'Anti-phobia pill' breaks link between memory and fear
  5. February 16, 2009 - Pill Could Erase Bad Memories
  6. February 17, 2009 - Bad memories erased with a pill
  7. February 17, 2009 - Heart pill to banish bad memories
  8. March 12, 2009 - Fear Memories In Humans Weakened With Beta-blocker Propranolol
Background, Background, Background


Speech perception

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Read My Lips: Using Multiple Senses In Speech Perception - also here, here
Background


Induced pluripotent stem cells

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Stem Cells From Skin Cells Can Make Beating Heart Muscle Cells - also here
Background


Dimethyltryptamine

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Psychoactive Compound Activates Mysterious Receptor - also here
Background


Histones

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Roles of DNA packaging protein revealed - also here, here
Background


Gene expression enhancers

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Next gen sequencing technology pinpoint 'on-off switches' in genomes - also here, here
Background


Cellular motors

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Molecular motors in cells work together, study shows - also here
Background


DNA repair

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - How cells handle broken chromosomes - also here
Background


Carotenoids and evolution

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Researchers investigate bird's 'carotenoid circle of life'
Background


Human courtship behavior

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Kisses unleash chemicals that ease stress levels
  2. February 14, 2009 - Study shows chemistry is key to kissing
  3. February 14, 2009 - Kissing: It really is all about chemistry
  4. February 14, 2009 - Kissing Chemistry
  5. February 14, 2009 - Complex clues in a kiss
  6. February 14, 2009 - K*I*S*S*I*N*G
  7. February 15, 2009 - Kissing is good for the species
  8. February 17, 2009 - Why Men Are Sloppy Kissers
Background, Background


Language and emotions

References:
  1. February 14, 2009 - Words give brain handle on feelings: U.S. researcher
Background, Background


Neurochemistry of "love"

References:
  1. February 14, 2009 - Cupid's Arrow May Cause More Than Just Sparks To Fly This Valentine's Day
Background


Kinome research

References:
  1. February 14, 2009 - Tool Analyzes Function Of Crucial Set Of Proteins In Animals
Background


Artificial cells

References:
  1. February 14, 2009 - Artificial cells, simple model for complex structure - also here
Background


Transposable elements in the human genome

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Jumping Genes Provide Unexpected Diversity
Background


Primate emotions

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Apes show a range of emotions
Background


Transposons and gene regulatory networks

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - New Data Suggest 'Jumping Genes' Play A Significant Role In Gene Regulatory Networks - also here
Background


Number sense

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Pre-verbal Number Sense Common To Monkeys, Babies, College Kids - also here, here
Background


Aldehyde tags and recombinant proteins

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Tailor-made Recombinant Proteins In Mammals - also here
Background


Sign languages

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Deaf children use hands to invent own way of communicating - also here
Background


Synthetic biology and the origins of life

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Synthetic biology yields clues to evolution and the origin of life
Background, Background



Health and medicine


Cancer

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Marijuana testicular cancer link
  2. February 9, 2009 - Marijuana may raise testicular cancer risk: study
  3. February 9, 2009 - Scientists identify enzyme that may suppress cancer
  4. February 9, 2009 - Pregnancy may delay treatment of breast cancer
  5. February 9, 2009 - Black women with uterine cancers more likely to die than white patients - also here, here
  6. February 9, 2009 - New Test for Breast Cancer Will Help Guide Treatment Choices
  7. February 10, 2009 - Aspirin may curb precancerous colon polyps' return
  8. February 10, 2009 - Aspirin reduces risk of colon polyps recurring
  9. February 10, 2009 - Black-white gap mars endometrial cancer survival
  10. February 10, 2009 - Study shows long-term benefits of Rituxan
  11. February 10, 2009 - Rituximab Maintenance Therapy Improves Survival In Patients With Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma
  12. February 10, 2009 - Meta-Analysis Shows Aspirin Can Reduce Recurrence of Colon Polyps
  13. February 10, 2009 - Pregnancy Has No Impact On Breast Cancer Survival, Delays Treatment, Diagnosis, Study Finds - also here, here
  14. February 10, 2009 - Cancer diagnosis: Now in 3-D - also here, here
  15. February 11, 2009 - Doctors find telltale cells in leukemia patients
  16. February 11, 2009 - Green tea may block activity of common cancer drug
  17. February 11, 2009 - New way found to judge prostate cancer severity
  18. February 11, 2009 - A Better Tip-Off for Prostate Cancer
  19. February 11, 2009 - Prostate cancer marker found in urine
  20. February 11, 2009 - A Urine Test for Prostate Cancer?
  21. February 11, 2009 - Innovative method to starve tumors - also here
  22. February 11, 2009 - Metabolite Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer
  23. February 11, 2009 - How do you solve a problem like MARIA?
  24. February 11, 2009 - Researchers develop new platinum-based anti-tumor compound - also here
  25. February 11, 2009 - Prostate cancer urine test hope
  26. February 12, 2009 - New Prostate Cancer Marker In Urine Indicates Whether Cancer Is Spreading
  27. February 12, 2009 - Moles and melanoma risk similar worldwide
  28. February 12, 2009 - People Who Exercise Lower Their Risk Of Colon Cancer - also here, here
  29. February 12, 2009 - New lab evidence suggests preventive effect of herbal supplement in prostate cancer - also here
  30. February 12, 2009 - Pediatric Hodgkin's disease survivors face increased breast cancer risk - also here, here
  31. February 12, 2009 - 'Normalizing' tumor vessels leaves cancer more benign - also here
  32. February 12, 2009 - New strategy to combat cancer: Streamlining blood vessel walls
  33. February 12, 2009 - Exercise 'cuts colon cancer risk'
  34. February 13, 2009 - Study links organic solvents to lymphoma risk
  35. February 13, 2009 - Drug Found To Prevent Colon Cancer Development In Mice - also here
  36. February 13, 2009 - Marijuana Use Linked To Increased Risk Of Testicular Cancer - also here, here
  37. February 13, 2009 - Women's Cancer Outcome Improved by Surgical Evaluation - also here, here
  38. February 13, 2009 - Researchers find new biomarker for fatal prostate cancer - also here, here
  39. February 13, 2009 - Nanoscopic changes to pancreatic cells reveal cancer - also here, here
  40. February 14, 2009 - Targeted Immune Cells Shrink Tumors In Mice - also here, here
  41. February 14, 2009 - New Genomic Test Can Personalize Breast Cancer Treatment - also here
  42. February 15, 2009 - Genetic 'hotspot' for breast cancer risk - also here
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Experimental drug may help heart failure recovery
  2. February 9, 2009 - Depression Dramatically Raises Risk of Death From Heart Attack, Stroke
  3. February 9, 2009 - Chemical drink breathes life into damaged hearts
  4. February 10, 2009 - Changing habits may not lower blood pressure
  5. February 10, 2009 - Road Traffic Noise In Residential Areas Can Increase Risk Of Heart Attack
  6. February 12, 2009 - Migraine ups risk of high BP during pregnancy
  7. February 13, 2009 - Fructose-sweetened drinks increase nonfasting triglycerides in obese adults - also here, here
  8. February 13, 2009 - Potential atherosclerosis drug exhibits no harmful side-effects in liver - also here
  9. February 13, 2009 - Study provides additional evidence that potato chips should be eaten in moderation - also here
  10. February 14, 2009 - Smokers Putting Their Loved Ones At Risk Of Heart Attacks - also here
  11. February 14, 2009 - Ongoing Statin Therapy Associated With Lower Risk Of Death
  12. February 15, 2009 - Study pinpoints genes tied to high blood pressure
  13. February 15, 2009 - Common gene variants increase risk of hypertension, may lead to new therapies - also here
  14. February 16, 2009 - Study finds high blood pressure genes
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - AIDS gels may work, but weakness seen in cocktails
  2. February 9, 2009 - Microbicide gel protects women from AIDS: study
  3. February 9, 2009 - Novel HIV-Fighting Method Finally Gels
  4. February 10, 2009 - Microbicide gel may help against HIV
  5. February 10, 2009 - Are Wild Chimpanzees Dying from AIDS?
  6. February 10, 2009 - Model of pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV forecasts benefits, potential cost-effectiveness - also here
  7. February 10, 2009 - Drugs Are Found to Block HIV In Monkeys
  8. February 11, 2009 - IL-2 immunotherapy fails to benefit HIV-infected individuals already taking antiretrovirals - also here, here
  9. February 11, 2009 - Drug Therapy Reduces HIV Transmission in Couples Regardless of Condom Use or Safe-Sex Practices
  10. February 11, 2009 - Man appears free of HIV after stem cell transplant
  11. February 12, 2009 - Gum disease feared to trigger full-blown AIDS: Japan study
  12. February 13, 2009 - Anti-HIV Gel Shows Promise In Large-scale Study In Women - also here, here
  13. March 4, 2009 - AIDS: Microbicide gel 'highly encouraging' in lab tests
  14. March 6, 2009 - Clinical trial finds microbicide promising as HIV prevention method for women - also here, here
Background


Mediterranean diet

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Mediterranean diet may protect the brain
  2. February 10, 2009 - Mediterranean Diet Associated With Lower Risk Of Cognitive Impairment - also here
Background, Background


Multivitamins, cancer, and cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Multivitamins may not thwart cancer, heart disease
  2. February 9, 2009 - Multivitamin use not associated with women's risk of cancer, heart disease or death
  3. February 9, 2009 - Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good - also here
  4. February 9, 2009 - Study Suggests Multivitamins Don't Work
  5. February 9, 2009 - Huge study boosts disappointment on multivitamins
  6. February 10, 2009 - Multivitamins Have No Impact On Risk Of Cancer Or Heart Disease In Postmenopausal Women, Study Finds
Background, Background, Background


Influenza

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Flu Mystery Solved? Why It Flourishes in Winter
  2. February 9, 2009 - Flu: It's the Humidity. Absolutely
  3. February 10, 2009 - Moist air could stave off the flu
  4. February 10, 2009 - Link Found Between Influenza, Absolute Humidity - also here
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Silenced genes drive viral cancers?
  2. February 10, 2009 - Role of protein in tumor growth is highlighted by researcher using 3-D model
  3. February 13, 2009 - Fruit flies soar as lab model, drug screen for the deadliest of human brain cancers - also here
  4. February 14, 2009 - Camouflaging Of Viral DNA Could Be Crucial Step In Progression Of Cancers - also here
  5. February 15, 2009 - Cancer 'danger receptor' found
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - Hepatitis C Is Killing Liver Cells
  2. February 11, 2009 - Novel economical blood test for hepatitis C - also here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. February 9, 2009 - New antibiotics would silence bugs, not kill them
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - China Health Ministry "puzzled" by bird flu cases
  2. February 11, 2009 - Vietnamese woman infected with bird flu: WHO
  3. February 11, 2009 - Second bird flu outbreak detected in western Canada
  4. February 11, 2009 - Vietnam declares bird flu emergency - also here
  5. February 15, 2009 - Shades Of 1918? Comparing Avian Flu With A Notorious Killer From The Past - also here, here
Background


Depression

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Neurobiological Mechanisms In Major Depressive Disorder
Background


Autism

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Multiple Genes Implicated In Autism; Discovery Could Lead To Drugs Targeting Gene Interactions - also here
  2. February 10, 2009 - Possible Treatment For Neurological Disorder Rett Syndrome -- Most Common Basis Of Autism In Girls - also here
  3. February 10, 2009 - Mechanism, treatment for Rett syndrome -- top cause autism girls
  4. February 12, 2009 - Lack Of Specific Gene Plays Role In Autism, Study Shows - also here, here
Background


LSR and lipid metabolism

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Pathologically Elevated Blood Fat Levels in Obesity: Researchers Discover Molecular Causes - also here
Background, Background


Inflammation and liver cirrhosis

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - Inflammation may be common thread behind nervous and heart rhythm problems in cirrhosis - also here
Background


Limb prostheses

References:
  1. February 10, 2009 - In New Procedure, Artificial Arm Listens to Brain
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - New technology sheds light on rise of blood cells
  2. February 11, 2009 - Stem-cell transplant wipes out HIV
  3. February 11, 2009 - Blood cells filmed in formation
  4. February 12, 2009 - Scientists capture birth of blood cells
  5. February 12, 2009 - Stem cells: Deathly awakening by interferon - also here
  6. February 12, 2009 - Deciphering the body's healing secrets
  7. February 13, 2009 - Stem cell study for acute stroke patients launched
Background


Dementia

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Rate of memory decline differs by dementia type
  2. February 12, 2009 - Study ties passive smoking to dementia
  3. February 13, 2009 - Second-hand Smoke May Cause Dementia
  4. February 13, 2009 - Passive smoking link to dementia
  5. February 13, 2009 - Second-hand smoke linked to cognitive impairment
Background


Cancer stem cells

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - First Genome-wide Expression Analysis Yields Better Understanding Of How Leukemia Develops - also here
Background, Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - MRI Shows Brain Atrophy Pattern That Predicts Alzheimer's - also here, here
  2. February 13, 2009 - New Target For Medicine To Combat Alzheimer's: Scientists Confirm Protein's Key Role
  3. February 13, 2009 - New Method To Stimulate Immune System May Be Effective At Reducing Amyloid Burden In Alzheimer's - also here, here
Background


Obesity

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - New obesity staging system may help doctors measure up - also here, here
  2. February 12, 2009 - Evolutionary link to modern-day obesity, other problems - also here
Background


Inflammatory bowel disease

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Mutation that causes inflammatory bowel disease identified - also here, here
Background


Mitochondrial diseases

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - New test for mysterious metabolic diseases developed - also here, here
Background


Obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Decreasing insulin resistance prevents obesity-related cardiovascular damage
Background, Background, Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. February 11, 2009 - Statistical analysis could yield new drug target for MS - also here
Background


Rhinoviruses

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Cold's "family tree" may lead to cure: study
  2. February 12, 2009 - Sequencing Virus Genome To Cure the Common Cold
  3. February 12, 2009 - The genomics of the sniffles
  4. February 12, 2009 - Sequences capture the code of the common cold
  5. February 13, 2009 - Cold's 'family tree' reveals mutant nature
  6. February 13, 2009 - Code Of The Common Cold Cracked
  7. February 13, 2009 - Researchers map genetic codes for cold virus
  8. February 13, 2009 - Nothing to sneeze at - decoding the common cold
Background, Background


Serotonin, BDNF, and alcoholism

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Genetics May Predict Risk For Relapse Among Alcohol-dependent Patients
Background


New mTOR inhibitor for cancer

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Drug Discovery Short-circuits Cancer Growth - also here
Background


Bipolar disorder

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Study suggests new treatment approach needed for management of depression with bipolar disorder - also here, here
Background


Drug discovery

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Major step for drug discovery and diagnostics
  2. February 13, 2009 - Engineers create intelligent molecules that seek-and-destroy diseased cells - also here
Background


Prions

References:
  1. February 12, 2009 - Sticky antibodies block prion disease
Background


Biofilm inhibitor

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Sea sponge shows promise as superbug antidote
  2. February 14, 2009 - Sponge's Secret Weapon Restores Antibiotics' Power
Background


Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Medical Complications Of Obesity, Study Suggests - also here
Background, Background


Obesity and migraine

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Have Migraine? Bigger Waistline May Be Linked - also here
Background


Nanobiotechnology

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Nanoparticle 'Smart Bomb' Targets Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells - also here, here
  2. February 14, 2009 - Molecules self-assemble to provide new therapeutic treatments - also here
Background


Wnt signaling and diabetes

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Stem cell research uncovers mechanism for type 2 diabetes - also here, here
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. February 13, 2009 - Surprising interactions of diabetes mellitus and sepsis
  2. February 15, 2009 - Molecule That Suppresses Immune Response Under Study In Type 1 Diabetes
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. February 14, 2009 - X-ray eyes bring us closer to early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease - also here
  2. February 14, 2009 - Light 'could detect Parkinson's'
Background


MicroRNA and cancer

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Micro RNA Plays A Key Role In Melanoma Metastasis - also here, here
Background, Background


Gene therapy for AIDS

References:
  1. February 15, 2009 - Gene therapy for HIV shows promise
  2. February 16, 2009 - HIV gene therapy trial promising
  3. February 17, 2009 - Gene therapy shows promise as weapon against HIV - also here, here
  4. February 18, 2009 - Gene therapy promises one-shot treatment for HIV
Background, Background


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