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Canada to set up cancer cloud computing facility

Recognition of the insights hidden in genetic data and the difficulty in extracting them has prompted governments around the world to stump up cash for informatics projects. Canada is set to continue upping its investments in the field, with a cancer cloud computing facility the latest project to secure financial backing. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council initiated the project and has brought Genome...

Possible treatment for kidney disease in lupus

In the U.S. alone, more than 1.5 million people have lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns against itself, attacking a person’s healthy tissue, cells and organs. The symptoms can range from debilitating pain and fatigue to organ failure. Dr. Chandra Mohan, a biomedical engineer at the University of Houston (UH), has a theory about the development of lupus nephritis and, if he’s...

Researchers create protein with potential for weig...

It sounds like a magic bullet: Administer a protein, watch the subject lose weight. But that’s exactly what University of Florida scientists found when they discovered a new way to deliver a protein that helps develop cells that convert fat into energy. The study builds upon on a discovery by Bruce Spiegelman, a cell biologist at the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who found that human muscles release a hormone...

Remarkable Twin Study Widens View of Down’s ...

A large coalition of European and American researchers this week published a new gene expression study of trisomy 21, better known as Down’s syndrome, using a novel cellular model of the disorder. Induced pluripotent stem cells were derived from a set of identical twins, only one of which possessed the third copy of chromosome 21 that causes the symptoms of Down’s syndrome. Because identical twins are genetically...

The human ‘hairless’ gene identified

It’s not a hair-brained idea: A new research report appearing in the April 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal explains why people with a rare balding condition called “atrichia with papular lesions” lose their hair, and it identifies a strategy for reversing this hair loss. Specifically the report shows for the first time that the “human hairless gene” imparts an essential role in hair biology by...

Good vibrations: Using light-heated water to deliv...

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with materials scientists, engineers and neurobiologists, have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other targeted therapeutic substances inside the body. This discovery represents a major innovation, said Adah Almutairi, PhD, associate professor...
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