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Life Sciences - Economics / Business - 08.06.2011

Health - Life Sciences - 08.06.2011
Breast cancer drug pushes colon cancer cells to their death
Hershey, Pa. A new treatment for colon cancer that combines a chemotherapy agent approved to treat breast cancer and a cancer-fighting antibody is ready for clinical trials, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.06.2011
Researchers solve membrane protein mystery
A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has solved a 25-year mystery that may lead to better treatments for people with learning deficits and mental retardation. Synaptophysin is the first protein and most abundant ever found on the membranes surrounding the tiny sacs that carry chemical messengers to synapses, the gaps where communication between nerve cells occurs.

Life Sciences - Environment - 08.06.2011
Postpartum Depression study shows gene behavior differs by environment
A recently released paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), "The Role of Mother's Genes and Environment in Postpartum Depression," explores the interplay between genes and environment when determining whether a mother is at high or low risk for post-partum depression.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.06.2011

Health - Life Sciences - 07.06.2011
Vet college, WCMC-Qatar collaborate for food safety
Vet college, WCMC-Qatar collaborate for food safety
Food sustains us but also can endanger us. In the first major public health project between Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar, a team of multidisciplinary cross-continental collaborators aims to mitigate food contamination and keep food clean, from production to consumption, in Qatar.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 07.06.2011
Protein folding made easy
McGill researcher develops speedier technique for predicting vital process Protein folding has nothing to do with laundry.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 06.06.2011

Health - Life Sciences - 06.06.2011
Cambridge academics to speak at the Cheltenham Science Festival
Cambridge academics to speak at the Cheltenham Science Festival
A number of Cambridge academics will be participating in this year's Cheltenham Science Festival. Please see below for a list of the events taking place.

Life Sciences - 04.06.2011
First Australian team to win beam time on largest X-ray laser in the world
Australian researchers investigating the structure of membrane proteins for improving drug development are the first Australian researchers to be awarded access to the largest X-ray laser in the world.

Physics - Life Sciences - 02.06.2011
June workshop series to explore future of X-ray science
June X-ray workshops • June 6-7: Diffraction Microscopy, Holography and Ptychography Using Coherent Beams; • June 13-14: Biomolecular Structure From Nanocrystals and Diffuse Scattering; &

Life Sciences - Environment - 02.06.2011
Again, but faster! The spectacular courtship dance of a tiny bird
Again, but faster! The spectacular courtship dance of a tiny bird
A small male bird called a golden-collared manakin performs a difficult, elaborate, physically demanding courtship dance.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 02.06.2011
Researchers Build Largest Biochemical Circuit Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules
Researchers Build Largest Biochemical Circuit Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules
PASADENA, Calif.—In many ways, life is like a computer. An organism's genome is the software that tells the cellular and molecular machinery—the hardware—what to do. But instead of electronic circuitry, life relies on biochemical circuitry—complex networks of reactions and pathways that enable organisms to function.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.06.2011
Five Oxford researchers given million-pound backing
Five exceptional medical researchers at Oxford University have been given significant funding to pursue their research goals, the Wellcome Trust has announced. That means a quarter of the Trust's Senior Investigator Awards have gone to researchers based at Oxford - the largest number of any institution.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.06.2011
Iron key to brain tumor drug delivery
Hershey, Pa. Brain cancer therapy may be more effective if the expression of an iron-storing protein is decreased to enhance the action of therapeutic drugs on brain cancer cells, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Malignant glioblastoma multiforme is a deadly brain tumor for which no long-term effective cure exists.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.06.2011
Wellcome funds outstanding cancer research at Sussex
Wellcome funds 'outstanding' cancer research at Sussex Pioneering work at the University of Sussex into molecular structure and disease has been awarded just over £2.5m in funding as part of t

Environment - Life Sciences - 01.06.2011
Mass extinction victim survives! Snail long thought extinct, isn’t
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Think "mass extinction" and you probably envision dinosaurs dropping dead in the long-ago past or exotic tropical creatures being wiped out when their rainforest habitats are decimated.

Life Sciences - Mathematics - 01.06.2011
Small change makes a big difference for ion channels
Small change makes a big difference for ion channels
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Using a high-resolution single-molecule study technique, University of Illinois researchers have seen the very subtle differences between two branches of an important family of neurotransmitter-gated ion channels. Professor Claudio Grosman and research scientist Gisela Cymes published their work .

Economics / Business - Life Sciences - 01.06.2011
URC report: Information technology sector shows potential for Michigan
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich.—The University Research Corridor released a new report today that shows how the information and communication technology industry (ICT) is a worthy educational investment, offers higher-paying jobs and has potential for more business growth in Michigan.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 01.06.2011
WCMC-Q researchers discover key for identifying gender in date palm trees
WCMC-Q researchers discover key for identifying gender in date palm trees
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) have identified a region of the date palm genome linked to gender, making it possible for the first time to quickly and easily identify male and female trees. The finding provides a crucial piece of information for more efficient cultivation and propagation, as well as additional genetic studies.

Life Sciences - Physics - 31.05.2011
Lasers used to form 3-D crystals made of nanoparticles
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—University of Michigan physicists used the electric fields generated by intersecting laser beams to trap and manipulate thousands of microscopic plastic spheres, thereby creating 3-D arrays of optically induced crystals.

Life Sciences - Environment - 31.05.2011

Health - Life Sciences - 30.05.2011
These are tomorrow’s smart buildings
These are tomorrow’s smart buildings
According to the EU commission, buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of the total energy consumption and 36 per cent of carbon emissions.

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 27.05.2011
Introduce specialised teaching for dyscalculia in schools, urge experts
Introduce specialised teaching for dyscalculia in schools, urge experts
Specialised teaching for individuals with dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia, should be made widely available in mainstream education, according to a review of current research published today .

Health - Life Sciences - 27.05.2011

Health - Life Sciences - 26.05.2011
High risk of Parkinson’s disease for people exposed to pesticides near workplace
In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson's disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. That epidemiological study didn't examine farmers who constantly work with pesticides but people who simply lived near where farm fields were sprayed with the fungicide maneb and the herbicide paraquat.

Life Sciences - 26.05.2011
Hybrid possum gives endangered species a chance
Australian researchers have successfully bred two genetically distinct Mountain Pygmy-possums, playing a major role in preventing the endangered population in the Victorian Alpine region from further decline.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2011
Spread of HIV virus to partners
Treating HIV patients early with antiretrovirals significantly reduces spread of virus to partners Administering antiretroviral medicines to HIV-positive men and women when their immune systems are relatively healthy reduces their risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners by 96 percent, according to findings from a large-scale clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2011
Autism changes molecular structure of the brain, UCLA study finds
Autism changes molecular structure of the brain, UCLA study finds
For decades, autism researchers have faced a baffling riddle: how to unravel a disorder that leaves no known physical trace as it develops in the brain. Now a UCLA study is the first to reveal how the disorder makes its mark at the molecular level, resulting in an autistic brain that differs dramatically in structure from a healthy one.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2011
Breast cancer research grant for Manchester
Breast Cancer Campaign has awarded a grant worth almost £190,000 to Dr Keith Brennan at The University of Manchester.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2011
Enzyme prevents fatal heart condition associated with athletes
Scientists have discovered an important enzyme molecule that may prevent fatal cardiac disorders associated with cardiac hypertrophy – the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2011
Personalised genomic medicine moves closer with the opening of Molecular Pathology Laboratories
Personalised genomic medicine moves closer with the opening of Molecular Pathology Laboratories
by Sam Wong Wednesday 25 May 2011 Imperial College London scientists are making major progress in the field of genomic medicine, thanks in part to a state-of- the-art facility that officially opens today.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2011
Francis Crick Institute
Francis Crick Institute
The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), in which King's will be a partner, is to be re-named The Francis Crick Institute in honour of one of the UK's greatest scientists.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 24.05.2011

Life Sciences - Environment - 23.05.2011
Eco-friendly youngsters are top of the tree
They will be taking part in a major tree survey to find and identify different species in the city and establish how the population is changing, under the expert guidance of a University of Plymouth academic.

Life Sciences - Environment - 23.05.2011
Eco-friendly youngsters are top of the tree
They will be taking part in a major tree survey to find and identify different species in the city and establish how the population is changing, under the expert guidance of a University of Plymouth academic.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.05.2011
Scientists amongst the most influential in Europe for respiratory research
Scientists amongst the most influential in Europe for respiratory research
by Sam Wong Monday 23 May 2011 Four academics from the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) at Imperial College London have recently been named among the 30 researchers in Europe with the most citations in respiratory medicine, reflecting the major contributions that they have made to lung research.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.05.2011
MVLS welcomes two new senior appointments
The University of Glasgow has welcomed two new appointments to senior positions within the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences (MVLS).

Health - Life Sciences - 22.05.2011
Human brain’s most ubiquitous cell cultivated in lab dish
Pity the lowly astrocyte , the most common cell in the human nervous system. Long considered to be little more than putty in the brain and spinal cord, the star-shaped astrocyte has found new respect among neuroscientists who have begun to recognize its many functions in the brain, not to mention its role in a range of disorders of the central nervous system.

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.05.2011
Exploring life under the sea
Understanding the complex networks of marine life in Port Phillip Bay is the focus of two new research projects at the University of Melbourne, funded by the Victorian Government's Department of Sustainability and Environment. Marine biologists from the University's Department of Zoology welcomed $2.2 million in funding for the research projects.

Health - Life Sciences - 20.05.2011
New test for rare form of cancer
New test for rare form of cancer
A cheap and reliable diagnostic test for a rare form of cancer has been developed by researchers at the University of Oxford. The test involves screening tumour samples for a particular molecular fingerprint unique to this type of cancer. Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRCC) is a disorder which causes the development of benign but often painful tumours in the skin and, in females, in the uterus.

Life Sciences - Health - 19.05.2011
Paraplegic man stands, steps with assistance and moves his legs voluntarily
A team of scientists at the University of Louisville, UCLA, the California Institute of Technology and the Pavlov Institute of Physiology in St. Petersburg, Russia, has achieved a significant

Life Sciences - Health - 19.05.2011
Imperial bioengineers celebrate 20 years of innovation
Imperial bioengineers celebrate 20 years of innovation
By Colin Smith Engineers are today celebrating 20 years of bioengineering teaching and research at Imperial College London and the enduring partnership that helped to make it possible.