Blistering skin disease may be treatable with ‘therapeutic reprogramming,’ researchers say
In laboratory experiments, researchers were able to correct a collagen defect — the source of a blistering skin disease — in stem cells made from patients.
Expert pilots process multiple visual cues more efficiently, Stanford and VA scientists find
A new study has found that expert pilots’ brains process visual data more efficiently, allowing them time to make better decisions when landing.
An enzyme that fixes broken DNA sometimes destroys it instead, researchers find
The discovery of a new mechanism of DNA damage could offer new insights into cancer and neurodegenerative disease, and also reveals a surprising role for messenger RNA, the molecule that forms the genetic transcript.
Pluripotent cells created by nuclear transfer can prompt immune reaction, researchers find
Stanford researchers find that genetic differences in mitochondria contained in egg cells used in a process known as nuclear transfer can prompt rejection by the immune system in mice.
Of mice and men: Researchers compare mammals’ genomes to aid human clinical research
Comparing the human genome with the mouse genome reveals both shared general principles and important differences in how each species’ genes are regulated.
‘Big data’ approach helps pinpoint possible new stent drug to prevent heart attacks
Replacing the current drug used to coat artery-opening stents with a drug more targeted to the actual cause of stent disease could reduce blood clots and heart attacks, researchers say.
Tumor suppressor also inhibits key property of stem cells, researchers say
The retinoblastoma protein inhibits cancer by controlling cell division. Now, researchers have shown that it also binds to and inhibits genes necessary for pluripotency — a defining characteristic of stem cells.
In developing countries, child-mortality rates fell most among poorest families, study finds
The study provides evidence that a country’s ability to reduce the gap in child-mortality rates is related to good governance.
Pregnant women with PTSD more likely to give birth prematurely, study finds
Pregnant women with a recent diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder were 35 percent more likely to deliver a premature baby than were other pregnant women, a study of more than 16,000 births found.
Retinal-scan analysis can predict advance of macular degeneration, study finds
A new computer algorithm could help physicians predict whether a patient’s macular degeneration will progress within a year’s time to the "wet" stage.
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