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Scientists crack protein code of killer parasite


January 9th, 2012 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) Researchers have cracked the protein code of a malaria parasite that killed 655,000 people in 2010.The protein is an enzyme that Plasmodium falciparum - the protozoan ... Read more...

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MIT nanoparticle takes advantage of tumors’ acidity to peel layers away


May 4th, 2011 - 6:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 4 (ANI): A new type of drug-delivery nanoparticle developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hunts out the acidic environment that characterizes all cancer cells.Such particles could target nearly ... Read more...

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Potential therapeutic target for breast cancer identified


April 6th, 2011 - 6:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 6 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a protein that alters nutrition of breast cancer cells, which can be a potential therapeutic target in the development of effective therapies for the disease.They ... Read more...

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Micro-RNA that regulates insulin in obesity identified


April 1st, 2011 - 7:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 01 (ANI): Body weight influences the risk of developing diabetes and short ribonucleic acid molecules, known as micro-RNAs, appear to play an important role in this mechanism, according to a ... Read more...

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Liver, not brain, may be source of Alzheimer’s plaques


March 4th, 2011 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 4 (ANI): A new study has suggested that the plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease start in the liver and not in the brain-completely altering scientists' ideas about the disease.The unexpected ... Read more...

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Root cause of blood vessel damage in people with diabetes discovered


January 29th, 2011 - 1:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 29 (ANI): Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a key mechanism that appears to contribute to blood vessel damage in people with diabetes.The researchers ... Read more...

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Kidney gene linked to increased heart failure risk


January 18th, 2011 - 1:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): A new study has identified the first DNA sequence variant common in the population that is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, and appears to play ... Read more...

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Red light forces cancer cells to absorb chemo drugs


November 14th, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 14 (ANI): Scientists have suggested that cancer cells suck up chemotherapy drugs more readily if they are zapped with red light.According to researchers, the finding could help produce more ... Read more...

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How some people control HIV infection naturally


November 5th, 2010 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 05 (ANI): The rare ability of some individuals to control HIV infection without the need for medications may be explained by the tiny variants in a protein that alerts the ... Read more...

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‘Glowing’ plant cells that could control cell growth, death


November 1st, 2010 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 01 (ANI): Researchers have genetically inserted proteins from plants into mammalian cells, which glow when exposed to blue light - resulting in a novel 'on-off switch' that could be used ... Read more...

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Scorpion sting could be used to stop heart bypass failures


October 23rd, 2010 - 12:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 23 (ANI): Researchers have said that an ingredient in a scorpion's sting could be used to stop heart bypasses failing.Margatoxin, from the venom of the Central American bark scorpion, proved ... Read more...

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Scientists one step closer to a drug treatment for cystic fibrosis


October 13th, 2010 - 4:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 13 (ANI): Scientists are one step closer to a cure for cystic fibrosis, one of the world's most common fatal genetic diseases, thanks to new study by a University of ... Read more...

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New method to analyse complete human genome in one go


August 30th, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 30 (ANI): Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Charite Universitatsmedizin - Berlin have succeeded in using a new process ... Read more...

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New mechanism to pave way for methods to screen Alzheimer’s drugs


August 21st, 2010 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 21 (ANI): Researchers at UC Davis have found a mechanism by which the amyloid protein damages the brain- a finding that could lead to new ways to screen drugs for ... Read more...

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New fluorescent biosensor to aid drug development


July 30th, 2010 - 4:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 30 (ANI): Carnegie Mellon researchers have come up with a new fluorescent biosensor that could aid in the development of an important class of drugs that target a crucial class ... Read more...

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Soon, vaccinations at the speed of light - courtesy lasers


July 30th, 2010 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 30 (ANI): It may soon be possible to deliver drugs and vaccines into the body at the speed of light - thanks to scientists from Georgia Tech, who can now ... Read more...

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HIV replication process could be different than previously thought


July 16th, 2010 - 4:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 16 (ANI): The process by which a retrovirus, like HIV, reproduces and assembles new viruses is different than previously thought, according to a new study.Researchers at Penn State College of ... Read more...

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US scientists control worms’ movements with nanoparticles


July 10th, 2010 - 4:19 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, July 10 (ANI): Scientists in the US have found a way to remotely control animal behaviour.Researchers at the University of Buffalo were able to could control the movements of tiny ... Read more...

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‘Self medicating’ nanoparticle bandage could detect, treat infection


July 10th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 10 (ANI): A 'self medicating' bandage laced with nanoparticles can detect harmful bacteria in a burn wound and respond by secreting antibiotics."Fifty per cent of all people who die as ... Read more...

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‘Flower’ power among cells marks winners, losers


June 16th, 2010 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 16 (IANS) A protein called 'Flower', which marks weaker cells for elimination in favour of fitter ones, could help scientists understand how conflict resolution works at the microscopic level, says ... Read more...

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Scientists cite mutation as cause of inherited pain disorder


June 10th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 10 (ANI): Scientists have made a new discovery that could pave way for a new treatment for a rare inherited pain disorder and could lead to a better understanding of ... Read more...

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Scientists devise part-human, part-machine transistor


June 3rd, 2010 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 03 (ANI): Scientists have implanted a nano-sized transistor inside a cell-like membrane and powered it using the cell's own fuel, paving way for new types of man-machine interactions.The experiment is ... Read more...

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New technique can control cell movement with light in organisms


May 17th, 2010 - 6:08 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 17 (ANI): Looking for cancer cure, scientists have developed a new technique that uses light to manipulate the activity of a protein at precise times and places within a living ... Read more...

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Bacterial defense mechanism code cracked


April 26th, 2010 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 26 (ANI): American scientists have successfully discovered how some bacteria develop structures on their surfaces that enable them to cause disease and protect themselves from the body's defences simultaneously.The ... Read more...

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A nano ’stealth’ probe created to eavesdrop on cells


April 2nd, 2010 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 2 (IANS) Researchers have created a nano-sized probe that can be slipped stealthily into a cell wall and help it 'eavesdrop' on cellular activity. Everything from signals generated as cells communicate ... Read more...

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New strategy to give fingerprint for genes involved in endocytosis


March 6th, 2010 - 4:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 6 (ANI): By applying a new strategy, researchers at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics can now identify and characterize genes involved in endocytosis.Endocytosis is the process ... Read more...

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New discovery may help inhibit cancer spread


January 15th, 2010 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 15 (ANI): Scientists from University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a novel mechanism that may help prevent clot formation and inhibit cancer spread.They claim to have discovered how cells ... Read more...

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‘Smart’ nanocapsule delivery system for protein therapy use created


December 19th, 2009 - 1:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 19 (ANI): Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a new intracellular delivery platform that uses nanocapsules made up of a single-protein core ... Read more...

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Study examines how viruses attack bacteria


November 19th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): Scientists say they are investigating how some viruses, known for attacking humans and animals, instead attack bacteria.Texas A&M University researchers say information about such viral attackers, called phages ... Read more...

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Viral attack opens up new ways to treat bacterial infections


November 19th, 2009 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 19 (IANS) Viruses invade both humans and animals, but some of them target bacteria instead. Potentially, that opens up new ways to treat bacterial infections, says a new study. Texas A&M ... Read more...

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Antiviral ‘leash’ to tame HIV


October 30th, 2009 - 5:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 30 (ANI): An antiviral protein produced by the immune system, dubbed tetherin, tames HIV and other viruses by literally putting them on a leash, to prevent their escape from infected ... Read more...

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Cholesterol drugs may be effective against cancer too


October 28th, 2009 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 28 (IANS) Millions of people worldwide use statins, a class of drugs used to lower blood cholesterol, but new research shows they may also be effective against cancer. Statins lower cholesterol ... Read more...

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Statins may be effective against cancer


October 28th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 28 (ANI): Cholesterol-lowering medicines, also known as statins, can prove effective in the treatment of cancer, says a new study.The research from the University of Gothenburg has been published in ... Read more...

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Electric fish communicate by plugging into their cells


September 29th, 2009 - 5:41 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 29 (IANS) Just as you plug in your computers and smart phones to communicate, electric fish too communicate by quickly plugging special channels into their cells to generate electrical impulses. ... Read more...

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Electric fish plug special channels into their cells to communicate


September 29th, 2009 - 4:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 29 (ANI): University of Texas at Austin researchers have discovered that just as people plug in to computers, smart phones and electric outlets to communicate, electric fish communicate by quickly ... Read more...

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