News Archive

Scientists have grown human veins in a laboratory, in a breakthrough that could revolutionise heart bypass surgery The news comes from research in which scientists developed a method for using human muscle tissue to create human blood vessels in the laboratory.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 09:58

Research in the worm is shedding light on a protein associated with a number of different human cancers, and may point to a highly targeted way to treat them.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 11:00

In the first animal model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), developed by Dr. Udai Pandey, Assistant Professor of Genetics at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Dr. Pandey's lab has found in fruit flies that blocking the abnormal movement of a protein made by a mutated gene called FUS also blocks the disease process.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 11:49

Researchers at The University of Western Ontario have discovered a strategy for stimulating the formation of highly functional new blood vessels in tissues that are starved of oxygen.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 14:22

It's a conflict with no resolution in sight. On one side, scientists who experiment on animals. On the other, animal rights activists who believe that no animal should ever be harmed. But how far can activists go before their right to free speech threatens the scientists and their work?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:43

An experimental drug that blocks two points of a crucial cancer cell signaling pathway inhibits the growth of ovarian cancer cells and significantly increases survival in an ovarian cancer mouse model, a study at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found.

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 15:15

Chronic inhalation of polluted air appears to activate a protein that triggers the release of white blood cells, setting off events that lead to widespread inflammation, according to new research in an animal model.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 14:36

Adult mice engineered to have more newborn neurons in their brain memory hub excelled at accurately discriminating between similar experiences — an ability that declines with normal aging and in some anxiety disorders. Boosting such neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus also produced antidepressant-like effects when combined with exercise, in the study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 11:17

OHSU's research to combat the world's obesity epidemic, which is being conducted at OHSU's Oregon National Primate Research Center, continues to receive extensive coverage in the press. In the past few weeks, obesity research has been highlighted in The New York Times, and on ABC's Nightline

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:21

Scientists have used stem cells to grow a rudimentary eye in the laboratory in a landmark study that raises the prospect of creating tissues to treat blindness and tease apart how diseases can destroy eyesight.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 13:48

Researchers at North Carolina State University are narrowing the search for genes involved in non-Hodgkin lymphoma – by turning dogs into humans.  Humans and dogs don’t just share companionship and living space, they also share a similar genetic makeup. Additionally, they share the same types of cancer, including lymphoma.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 13:40

Researchers have identified an enzyme that blocks chronic pain by robbing a major pain pathway of a key molecule.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 12:12

Solving part of a medical mystery, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have established a link between molecules found in an inflamed pancreas and the early formation of pancreatic cancer – a discovery that may help scientists identify new ways to detect, monitor and treat this deadly disease.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 10:47

Researchers have identified a molecular mechanism that may explain why so many cancers spread to patients' bones -- they piggyback on signaling pathways that hematopoietic stem cells use to home to the bone marrow for self-renewal.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 14:11

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered a way that mutations in a gene called LRRK2 may cause the most common inherited form of Parkinson's disease. The study, published online this month in the journal Public Library of Science, shows that upon specific modification called phosphorylation, LRRK2 protein binds to a family of proteins called 14-3-3, which has a regulatory function inside cells.

Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12:33

By sequencing the genome of a mouse with cancer, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have uncovered mutations that also drive cancer in humans.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 13:42

A new study of prostate tumors has shown that a gene, FOXO3, suppresses activation of cells related to immunity and thus leads to a reduced immune response against a growing cancer. One of the main problems in treating cancer by vaccine or immunotherapy is that tumors often evade the body’s immune response — and one of their tricks is to create an environment where immunity is inhibited or suppressed.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 13:14

A combination approach for arresting and reversing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain has proven effective in studies of transgenic mice with this feature of Alzheimer's disease, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a recent issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:29

Avian embryos could join the list of model organisms used to study a specific type of cell migration called epiboly.  The new study provides insights into the mechanisms of epiboly, a developmental process involving mass movement of cells as a sheet, which is linked with medical conditions that include wound healing and cancer.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:01

The latest clues suggesting potential new ways to treat melanoma come from an unlikely source: fish. Zebrafish don't get sunburns, but they can get skin cancer – at least those fish that have been engineered to model the often deadly human cancer.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 10:53