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Volume 8, Number 47
November 23, 2009

Physical sciences

Possibility of life on Europa
Magnetic fields and formation of massive stars
Dark flow
Supernovae
WISE telescope
Global warming
Large Hadron Collider
Thirty Meter Telescope
Gamma rays from a microquasar
Best stars for life-supporting planets
Ocean capacity to absorb CO2
Unusual galactic bulge
Next-generation particle accelerators
Paleoclimatology
Starburst galaxies
EMC effect and quarks
Gravity and quantum decoherence
Neighborhood influence on quarks
Solar tsunamis
SOFIA observatory
Protoplanetary systems
Galaxy mergers
Stellar jets
Enceladus
Dark galaxies

Technology

Supercomputing
Quantum computing
Graphene
Extreme ultraviolet lithography
Grid computing
Micro-electromechanical systems
Entangled photons from quantum dots
Microfluidics
Quantum dots
Carbon nanotubes
Nanotechnology
Controlled fusion
Free-electron lasers
Hydrogen storage

Life sciences

Speciation
Re-initiation of specialized cell division
Neutrophils
Regulation of anti-inflammatory palmitoylethanolamide
DNA damage, NF-κB, and inhibition of apoptosis
Genomic evolution
Th22 cells and inflammation
Immune cell mobility
Simulated evolution of yeast
Histones
Bacteriophages
Anti-aging mechanism of calorie restriction
Homo floresiensis
Gene regulatory regions
Bacterial protection against oxidation
Polymerization of cyclic nucleotides and the origins of RNA
Antibody receptors
Antibody enhancers
Rho transcription termination factor

Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior

Brain-imaging studies
Oxytocin polymorphisms and empathy
Animal brain size and intelligence
Schizophrenia
Hemispheric lateralization of communication
Sleep deprivation and decision making
Neonatal neurons
Brain reorganization
Personality and sexual selection
Synaptic dopamine release
Memory processing during sleep
Insulin and body temperature regulation
Autism
Context sensitivity of visual size perception
Acclerated shortening of telomeres and childhood stress and trauma

Health and medicine

Cardiovascular disease
Cancer
Cancer biology
Alzheimer's disease
Drug delivery
MicroRNA and osteoporosis
Stem cells
Multiple sclerosis
AIDS
Hepatitis C
Exome sequencing for disease gene discovery
Metabolomics
Gene therapy
Obesity
Parkinson's disease
Prions
Malaria
Hepatitis B
Mortality resulting from overactive immune response to viral infection
Weight-loss diets
Dementia
RNAi and drug development
Avian flu
Antioxidants
Inflammatory bowel disease
Nanobiotechnology



Physical sciences


Possibility of life on Europa

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Could Jupiter Moon Harbor Fish-Size Life?
Background, Background


Magnetic fields and formation of massive stars

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Birth of a (Magnetic) Heavyweight
  2. November 16, 2009 - Close-up movie shows hidden details in the birth of super-suns - also here
  3. November 20, 2009 - Video shows massive star forming
  4. November 23, 2009 - Magnetic Assist Helps Big Stars Form
Background


Dark flow

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Mystery 'dark flow' extends towards edge of universe
  2. November 24, 2009 - Weird data suggests something big beyond the edge of the universe
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Ticking Stellar Time Bomb Identified - also here, here
  2. November 17, 2009 - Vampire Star Is a Ticking Time Bomb
  3. November 20, 2009 - Stellar Blast Powered by Helium May Leave a Tantalizing Remnant
Background


WISE telescope

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Infrared telescope to detect dim, dusty objects
  2. November 17, 2009 - NASA's Wise Gets Ready to Survey the Whole Sky
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Climate model sets tough targets
  2. November 17, 2009 - New research provides blueprint for molecular basis of global warming - also here
  3. November 17, 2009 - Earth 'heading for 6C' of warming
  4. November 17, 2009 - Bristlecone's growth may reflect global warming
  5. November 17, 2009 - Fossil fuel CO2 emissions up by 29 percent since 2000
  6. November 18, 2009 - World on track for 6 degrees of extra heat
  7. November 18, 2009 - Scientific debate sparked over carbon sink data
  8. November 21, 2009 - Greenland ice loss behind a sixth of sea-level rise
  9. November 22, 2009 - Antarctic ice loss vaster, faster than thought: study
  10. November 22, 2009 - East Antarctic ice sheet may be losing mass
  11. November 22, 2009 - Warming's impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto
Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - LHC nears restart after repairs
  2. November 17, 2009 - LHC nears restart after repairs
  3. November 17, 2009 - Large Hadron Collider ready to restart
  4. November 20, 2009 - CERN restarts Big Bang collider for biggest test yet
  5. November 20, 2009 - CERN atom-smasher restarts after 14-month hiatus: official - also here
  6. November 20, 2009 - Giant atom-smasher set to restart this weekend: CERN
  7. November 20, 2009 - Beam circles 'Big Bang' machine
  8. November 20, 2009 - Q&A: Large Hadron Collider repairs
  9. November 20, 2009 - Europe: Proton beams circulate in Big Bang machine
  10. November 20, 2009 - Circulation of LHC Beams Could Resume in Earnest over the Weekend
  11. November 21, 2009 - "Big Bang" experiment advancing fast
  12. November 21, 2009 - Cern Large Hadron Collider restarts after 14 months
  13. November 21, 2009 - Restored machine to explore mysteries of Big Bang
  14. November 22, 2009 - Large Hadron Collider progress delights researchers
Background


Thirty Meter Telescope

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - China Joins Thirty Meter Telescope Project
Background


Gamma rays from a microquasar

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Revving up particles in the cosmos
Background


Best stars for life-supporting planets

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Sun may not be a 'Goldilocks' star
Background


Ocean capacity to absorb CO2

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Ocean Losing Its Appetite for Carbon
  2. November 18, 2009 - Oceans' uptake of manmade carbon may be slowing - also here
  3. November 18, 2009 - Seas Grow Less Effective at Absorbing Emissions
Background, Background


Unusual galactic bulge

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Hubble Detects Galactic X-File
  2. November 18, 2009 - NGC 4710 galaxy: Baffling boxy bulge - also here
  3. November 18, 2009 - Hubble Spies Galaxy's Big Bulge
Background


Next-generation particle accelerators

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Muon collider gains momentum
Background


Paleoclimatology

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Antarctic temperature spike surprises climate researchers
  2. November 18, 2009 - Mysteriously warm times in Antarctica - also here
Background


Starburst galaxies

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Maps Unveil the Source of Starburst Galaxy's Winds
Background


EMC effect and quarks

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Proton's party pals may alter its internal structure - also here
  2. November 20, 2009 - Quarks Influenced by Their Neighborhood
Background


Gravity and quantum decoherence

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Ripples in space divide classical and quantum worlds
Background


Neighborhood influence on quarks

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Proton's party pals may alter its internal structure - also here
  2. November 20, 2009 - Quarks Influenced by Their Neighborhood
Background


Solar tsunamis

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Mystery of the Solar Tsunami -- Solved
  2. November 25, 2009 - 3-D Solar Tsunami Video Shows the Extreme Waves Are Real
  3. November 25, 2009 - 'Solar tsunamis' tower on surface of the Sun
  4. November 25, 2009 - Monster Waves on the Sun are Real
  5. November 25, 2009 - Solar Tsunamis Are Real, NASA Says
  6. December 7, 2009 - Astronomers spot tsunami on the sun
Background


SOFIA observatory

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - SOFIA Seeks Secrets of Planetary Birth
Background


Protoplanetary systems

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Binary systems share stardust
Background, Background


Galaxy mergers

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Watching a Cannibal Galaxy Dine - also here
  2. November 20, 2009 - Ghostly Bones of Galactic Feast Revealed
  3. November 20, 2009 - Giant Cannibal Galaxy's Last Meal
Background


Stellar jets

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Ultra-Powerful Laser Reproduces How Star's Jets Travel through Interstellar Space
Background


Enceladus

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Before Darkness Falls: Cassini to Scan Enceladus on Winter's Cusp
Background


Dark galaxies

References:
  1. November 22, 2009 - Dark galaxy crashing into the Milky Way
Background, Background



Technology


Supercomputing

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Civilian Supercomputer Shatters Nuke Simulator's Speed Record
  2. November 16, 2009 - Oak Ridge 'Jaguar' supercomputer is World's fastest - also here
  3. November 16, 2009 - New NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Reduce Cost Of Supercomputing By A Factor Of 10
  4. November 16, 2009 - China joins supercomputer elite
  5. November 17, 2009 - Tennessee's Kraken Named World's Third Fastest Computer, ORNL's Jaguar Is No. 1
  6. November 19, 2009 - NASA Supercomputer Ranks Among World's Fastest
Background


Quantum computing

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Quantum processor executes 160 different operations
  2. November 20, 2009 - Physicists move one step closer to quantum computing - also here
  3. November 23, 2009 - First programmable quantum computer created
Background


Graphene

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - New study confirms exotic electric properties of graphene - also here
  2. November 18, 2009 - Ultrathin, Now Ultraflat: Ripple-Free Graphene May Hold Key to Material's Mysteries
  3. November 19, 2009 - Scientists synthesize graphene-like material: Polymer with honeycomb structure - also here
Background


Extreme ultraviolet lithography

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Toshiba develops molecular photoresist technology for EUV lithography
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - FutureGrid to provide platform for experimental computation
  2. November 17, 2009 - There's no business like Grid business - also here
Background


Micro-electromechanical systems

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Small optical force can budge nanoscale objects - also here
Background, Background


Entangled photons from quantum dots

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - JQI researchers create entangled photons from quantum dots - also here
Background, Background


Microfluidics

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Novel connector uses magnets for leak-free microfluidic devices - also here
  2. November 18, 2009 - Tiny chip could diagnose disease
  3. November 19, 2009 - IBM scientists create rapid disease diagnostic chip
Background


Quantum dots

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Small nanoparticles bring big improvement to medical imaging
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Nanotube LEDs make progress
  2. November 19, 2009 - Nanotube defects equal better energy and storage systems - also here
  3. November 20, 2009 - Using superconducting probes to get a picture of what it's like inside CNTs
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - A Tiny Cage of Gold Responds to Light, Opening to Empty Its Contents
  2. November 19, 2009 - Highlight: Damping of acoustic vibrations in gold nanoparticles
Background


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Europe puts brakes on fusion project
Background


Free-electron lasers

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Tapering a Free-Electron Laser to Extract More Juice
Background


Hydrogen storage

References:
  1. November 22, 2009 - New hydrogen-storage method discovered - also here
Background



Life sciences


Speciation

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Birth of New Species Witnessed by Scientists
  2. November 16, 2009 - Darwin's finches tracked to reveal evolution in action
Background


Re-initiation of specialized cell division

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - The indefinite self-renewal of specialized cells without the need for stem cell intermediates - also here
Background, Background


Neutrophils

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Scientists guide immune cells with light and microparticles - also here
Background


Regulation of anti-inflammatory palmitoylethanolamide

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Researchers create compound that boosts anti-inflammatory fat levels - also here
Background


DNA damage, NF-κB, and inhibition of apoptosis

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - How cells tolerate DNA damage -- start signal for cell survival program identified - also here
Background, Background, Background


Genomic evolution

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Petascale computing tools could provide deeper insight into genomic evolution
Background


Th22 cells and inflammation

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Scientists discover cells that control inflammation in chronic disease - also here
Background, Background


Immune cell mobility

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Cross-country runabouts -- immune cells on the move - also here
Background, Background


Simulated evolution of yeast

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance
Background


Histones

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Beyond genomics, biologists and engineers decode the next frontier - also here
Background, Background


Bacteriophages

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Researchers Examine How Viruses Destroy Bacteria - also here
Background


Anti-aging mechanism of calorie restriction

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Scientists find molecular trigger that helps prevent aging and disease - also here
Background


Homo floresiensis

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - 'Hobbits' are a new human species -- according to the statistical analysis of fossils - also here
Background


Gene regulatory regions

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Technique finds gene regulatory sites without knowledge of regulators - also here
  2. November 19, 2009 - New research into the mechanisms of gene regulation - also here
Background, Background


Bacterial protection against oxidation

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Saving the single cysteine: new antioxidant system found - also here
  2. November 20, 2009 - Biologists discover bacterial defense mechanism against aggressive oxygen - also here
Background


Polymerization of cyclic nucleotides and the origins of RNA

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Generating RNA molecules in water - also here
Background


Antibody receptors

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Researchers discover antibody receptor identity, propose renaming immune-system gene - also here
Background


Antibody enhancers

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Scientists identify DNA that regulates antibody production
Background


Rho transcription termination factor

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Atomic-level Snapshot Catches Protein Motor in Action - also here
Background



Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Hypnosis has 'real' brain effect
  2. November 17, 2009 - Monetary gain and high-risk tactics stimulate activity in the brain - also here
  3. November 20, 2009 - Study uses brain scans to discover how children 'read' faces
Background


Oxytocin polymorphisms and empathy

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Socially Awkward? Check Your Genes
  2. November 16, 2009 - Study links genetic variation to individual empathy, stress levels - also here
Background, Background


Animal brain size and intelligence

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Brain power: 'size isn't everything'
  2. November 17, 2009 - Bigger not necessarily better, when it comes to brains - also here
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Major schizophrenia study finds striking similarities across 37 countries in 6 regions - also here
  2. November 18, 2009 - Immune system activated in schizophrenia - also here
  3. November 19, 2009 - Schizophrenia gene's role may be broader, more potent, than thought - also here
Background


Hemispheric lateralization of communication

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Right-handed chimpanzees provide clues to the origin of human language - also here
Background


Sleep deprivation and decision making

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Sleep deprivation negatively affects split-second decision making, study shows
Background, Background


Neonatal neurons

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Researchers find explanation for rapid maturation of neurons at birth - also here
Background


Brain reorganization

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - New study shows brain's ability to reorganize - also here
Background, Background


Personality and sexual selection

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Studies suggest males have more personality - also here
Background, Background


Synaptic dopamine release

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Findings could speed the development of drugs for Parkinson's disease - also here
Background


Memory processing during sleep

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Waking up memories while you sleep - also here
  2. November 25, 2009 - Sound cues during sleep enhance memory
  3. November 30, 2009 - Want to Boost Your Memory? Try Sleeping on It
Background, Background


Insulin and body temperature regulation

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Scientists find new link between insulin and core body temperature - also here
Background


Autism

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Research Finds Ritalin's Benefits in Treating Children with Autism
Background


Context sensitivity of visual size perception

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Visual illusion stumps adults but not kids
  2. November 23, 2009 - Adults Fooled by Visual Illusion, But Not Kids
Background


Acclerated shortening of telomeres and childhood stress and trauma

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - Possible link studied between childhood abuse and early cellular aging - also here
  2. November 21, 2009 - Childhood abuse 'speeds up body's ageing process'
Background



Health and medicine


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Study raises new questions about Merck pill Zetia - also here
  2. November 16, 2009 - Niaspan tops Zetia in new setback for Merck drug - also here, here
  3. November 16, 2009 - Doctors gird for patient anxiety over Zetia data
  4. November 16, 2009 - Merck up as Zetia trial less damaging than feared
  5. November 16, 2009 - Aspirin without Plavix as good after heart bypass
  6. November 16, 2009 - Slow walkers more likely to die of heart disease - also here
  7. November 16, 2009 - B vitamin outperforms another drug in keeping arteries clear
  8. November 16, 2009 - Meditation Halves Risk of Heart Attack
  9. November 16, 2009 - Transcendental Meditation helped heart disease patients lower cardiac disease risks by 50 percent - also here
  10. November 16, 2009 - New study links vitamin D deficiency to cardiovascular disease and death - also here
  11. November 16, 2009 - Early end to key study on benefits of niacin, a B vitamin, in keeping arteries open was premature - also here
  12. November 16, 2009 - Migraine raises risk of most common form of stroke - also here
  13. November 16, 2009 - Elevated biomarkers lead to diminished quality of life in heart attack patients post-discharge
  14. November 16, 2009 - Oil from biotech soybeans increases key omega-3 fatty acid in humans
  15. November 16, 2009 - An often overlooked protein actually a potent regulator of cardiac hypertrophy - also here
  16. November 16, 2009 - EKG can show false positive readings for diagnosing heart condition - also here
  17. November 16, 2009 - Study shows stroke incidence related to angioplasty remains steady over past 15 years - also here
  18. November 16, 2009 - Researchers find inflammation critical in aortic dissection - also here
  19. November 16, 2009 - New study questions effectiveness of popular cholesterol drugs
  20. November 17, 2009 - Meditation 'eases heart disease'
  21. November 17, 2009 - Crestor shows equal or better benefit to women
  22. November 17, 2009 - Benefit of Merck heart drug remains after stopping - also here
  23. November 17, 2009 - Isis drug meets all study goals; filing delayed - also here
  24. November 17, 2009 - How fish is cooked affects heart-health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids - also here
  25. November 17, 2009 - Exercise-linked ventricular tachycardia is not a risk to healthy older adults - also here
  26. November 17, 2009 - Marker of oxidative stress predicts heart disease outcomes - also here
  27. November 17, 2009 - Increased obesity hindering success at reducing heart disease risk - also here
  28. November 17, 2009 - Prevalence of high LDL, or 'bad' cholesterol levels decreases in US - also here
  29. November 17, 2009 - Women suffering sudden cardiac arrest have lower prevalence of structural heart disease than men - also here
  30. November 17, 2009 - Drug therapy more cost-effective than angioplasty for diabetic patients with heart disease - also here
  31. November 17, 2009 - Inhibition of GRK2 is protective against acute cardiac stress injuries - also here
  32. November 18, 2009 - Study showing alcohol may cut heart risk under fire
  33. November 18, 2009 - Meditation may lower BP and college stressors
  34. November 18, 2009 - Roche announces late-stage trial for heart drug
  35. November 18, 2009 - Vitamin B niacin offers no extra benefit to statin therapy in seniors already diagnosed with CAD - also here
  36. November 18, 2009 - At-risk college students reduce HBP, anxiety, depression through Transcendental Meditation
  37. November 18, 2009 - Study: CT scans rule out heart attacks faster - also here
  38. November 19, 2009 - Alcohol helps lower heart disease risk for men: study
  39. November 19, 2009 - New Mechanism Identified for Beneficial Effects of Aspirin in Cardiovascular Disease
  40. November 19, 2009 - Alcohol 'protects men's hearts'
  41. November 20, 2009 - Exercise important in teens' blood pressure control
  42. November 20, 2009 - High blood pressure easy to miss in children with kidney disease
  43. November 20, 2009 - Carvedilol shown to have unique characteristics among beta blockers
  44. November 20, 2009 - Genetic analysis helps dissect molecular basis of cardiovascular disease - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - New U.S. guidelines: Routine mammograms start at 50
  2. November 16, 2009 - Folic acid supplements raise cancer risk: study
  3. November 16, 2009 - Poniard shares tank after cancer drug misses study goal
  4. November 16, 2009 - Bladder cancer risks increase over time for smokers - also here
  5. November 16, 2009 - New combination therapy could deliver powerful punch to breast cancer - also here
  6. November 16, 2009 - Imaging techniques may help predict response to head and neck cancer treatment - also here
  7. November 16, 2009 - Biosensor to Help Enlist Cancer Resistance Fighters?
  8. November 16, 2009 - Panel Urges Mammograms at 50, Not 40
  9. November 17, 2009 - Poniard shares up on positive colorectal cancer data
  10. November 17, 2009 - World's first delivery of intra-arterial Avastin directly into brain tumor - also here
  11. November 17, 2009 - Treatment with folic acid, vitamin B12 associated with increased risk of cancer, death - also here
  12. November 17, 2009 - Magnetic Nanotags Spot Cancer in Mice Earlier Than Current Methods
  13. November 17, 2009 - For many, mammography every other year has benefits of annual screening, but less harm - also here
  14. November 17, 2009 - African-American men at higher risk of false positives in prostate testing
  15. November 17, 2009 - Roche applies for Avastin advanced breast cancer use
  16. November 18, 2009 - Pain drug morphine may accelerate cancer growth
  17. November 18, 2009 - Researchers create 'fly paper' to capture circulating cancer cells - also here
  18. November 18, 2009 - Common pain relief medication may encourage cancer growth - also here
  19. November 18, 2009 - Detecting the Undetectable in Prostate Cancer Testing
  20. November 18, 2009 - Kill the cancer, not the patient: New toxicity testing approach could make chemo drugs safer
  21. November 18, 2009 - Detonating Tumor-Killer Drug in Cancers on Command
  22. November 19, 2009 - Is type 2 diabetes mellitus a risk factor for gallbladder, biliary and pancreatic cancer? - also here
  23. November 19, 2009 - Task force doctor stands by mammogram advice
  24. November 20, 2009 - Eat and drink your way to a healthy colon?
  25. November 20, 2009 - New guidelines push back age for Pap smears
  26. November 20, 2009 - Sponges against cancer
  27. November 20, 2009 - Rare pancreatic cancer patients may live longer when treated with radiation therapy - also here
  28. November 20, 2009 - Radiology procedure may help increase long-term survival in patients with severe liver cancer - also here
  29. November 20, 2009 - Reasonable alternative to invasive biopsy of palpable breast lesions with benign imaging features identified - also here
  30. November 20, 2009 - Funeral industry workers exposed to formaldehyde face higher risk of leukemia - also here
  31. November 20, 2009 - Funeral workers risk cancer from formaldehyde
  32. November 20, 2009 - Guidelines Push Back Age for Cervical Cancer Tests
  33. November 20, 2009 - Report: 20-somethings can go 2 years between Paps - also here
  34. November 20, 2009 - Adding Tools Against Breast Tumors
  35. November 20, 2009 - Breast cancer study 'identifies tumour-causing enzyme'
  36. November 20, 2009 - Guidelines for cancer screening differ by group
  37. November 22, 2009 - New cancer target for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - also here
  38. November 22, 2009 - Cancer metabolism discovery uncovers new role of IDH1 gene mutation in brain cancer
  39. November 23, 2009 - Genetic clue to glioma brain cancer growth
  40. November 23, 2009 - Morphine 'might spread cancer'
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Wistar researchers show targeting 'normal' cells in tumors slows growth - also here
  2. November 18, 2009 - Cancers' sweet tooth may be weakness - also here
  3. November 20, 2009 - Researchers identify role of gene in tumor development, growth and progression - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Analyzing structural brain changes in Alzheimer's disease - also here
  2. November 16, 2009 - Protein changes in heart strengthen link between Alzheimer's disease and chronic heart failure - also here
  3. November 16, 2009 - Changing the paradigm around Alzheimer's disease
  4. November 17, 2009 - New neuroimaging analysis technique identifies impact of Alzheimer's disease gene in healthy brains - also here
Background


Drug delivery

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - Tiny particles can deliver antioxidant enzyme to injured heart cells - also here
Background


MicroRNA and osteoporosis

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - New cause of osteoporosis: Mutation in a microRNA - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - How plant stem cells guard against genetic damage - also here
  2. November 17, 2009 - Your own stem cells can treat heart disease - also here
  3. November 17, 2009 - Stem cells alleviate tumor treatment side effects
  4. November 17, 2009 - On your last nerve: Researchers advance understanding of stem cells - also here
  5. November 18, 2009 - Is hepatic differentiation of embryonic stem cells induced by valproic acid and cytokines?
  6. November 19, 2009 - Company seeks to test stem cells for blindness
  7. November 19, 2009 - 2nd human hESC trial?
  8. November 19, 2009 - Embryonic stem cell therapy closer to human trials
  9. November 20, 2009 - First reconstitution of an epidermis from human embryonic stem cells - also here
Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - MS is more aggressive in children but slower to cause disability than in adults - also here
  2. November 19, 2009 - Drug studied as possible treatment for spinal injuries - also here
  3. November 20, 2009 - Obesity in adolescence may increase girls' MS risk
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. November 16, 2009 - HIV vaccine failure probably caused by virus used, says new research - also here
  2. November 16, 2009 - Fears over 'own goal' HIV vaccine revived
  3. November 17, 2009 - HIV trial vector specter
  4. November 17, 2009 - Imaging study shows HIV particles assembling around its genome - also here
  5. November 16, 2009 - Renewed Hope for an AIDS Vaccine
  6. November 18, 2009 - Researchers Try to Solve the Mystery of HIV Carriers Who Don't Contract AIDS
  7. November 19, 2009 - HIV antibody duds explained
  8. November 19, 2009 - Why failed HIV vaccine increased infection
  9. November 19, 2009 - An atomic-level look at an HIV accomplice - also here
  10. November 19, 2009 - New findings suggest strategy to help generate HIV-neutralizing antibodies - also here
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - InterMune to modify hep C study to drop one dosage
Background


Exome sequencing for disease gene discovery

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - For the first time, scientists discover causative gene of a rare disorder by exome sequencing - also here
  2. November 18, 2009 - Genome advances promise personalized medical treatment
Background


Metabolomics

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - New Test May Predict Heart Disease Events and the Effect of Weight Loss on Insulin Resistance
Background, Background, Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Researchers to test first gene therapy For Alzheimer's patients
Background


Obesity

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Nutrigenomics researchers replicate gene interaction with saturated fat - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. November 17, 2009 - Researchers Identify Gene Mutations Underlying Risk for Most Common Form of Parkinson's Disease
Background


Prions

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Gene protects brain-eaters from mad cow-type disease
  2. November 18, 2009 - The protein Srebp2 drives cholesterol formation in prion-infected neuronal cells - also here
  3. November 19, 2009 - Tribe's resistance could help CJD
  4. November 19, 2009 - Gene change in cannibals reveals evolution in action
  5. November 19, 2009 - Could cannibalism hold the key to Alzheimer's?
  6. November 20, 2009 - Researchers find new piece of BSE puzzle - also here
  7. November 20, 2009 - Scientists make mad cow discovery
  8. November 21, 2009 - Brain Disease 'Resistance Gene' Evolves in Papua New Guinea Community; Could Offer Insights Into CJD
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Malaria shows signs of resisting best drug used to fight it
  2. November 19, 2009 - Malaria Gaining Resistance to Best Available Treatment
Background


Hepatitis B

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - Toward explaining why hepatitis B hits men harder than women - also here
Background


Mortality resulting from overactive immune response to viral infection

References:
  1. November 18, 2009 - New culprit for viral infections among elderly -- an overactive immune response - also here
Background, Background


Weight-loss diets

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Low-carb, high-carb diet both help keep weight off
Background


Dementia

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Health issues in middle age can lead to dementia
Background


RNAi and drug development

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Gene silencing predicted to improve drug manufacturing
Background, Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - New research helps explain why bird flu has not caused a pandemic - also here
Background


Antioxidants

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - New Antioxidant Compounds Have Been Identified in Foods Such as Olive Oil, Honey and Nuts
Background


Inflammatory bowel disease

References:
  1. November 19, 2009 - Crohn's blamed on lazy immune cells
Background


Nanobiotechnology

References:
  1. November 20, 2009 - When It Comes to Drug Delivery, Size Matters
Background


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