Antidepressant could stop deadly sepsis, study suggests

Previous FDA approval could fast-track new treatment Credit: Dan Addison | University Communications An antidepressant drug used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder could save people from deadly sepsis, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. Sepsis is a significant cause of death around the world. The federal Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Researchers discover a weakness in a rare cancer that could be exploited with drugs

Credit: Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation and Genetics/The Rockefeller University Cancer cells are, in some respects, impressive: They can grow relentlessly, sidestep the aging process by becoming immortal, and evade the immune system’s persistent attacks. But in the process of acquiring such superpowers, the cells must occasionally relinquish other, more mundane skills–including the ability to produce […]

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Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data

Fluorescent microscopy adds a new dimension with Rice University lab’s invention Credit: Landes Research Group/Rice University HOUSTON – (Feb. 13, 2019) – Rice University researchers have added a new dimension to their breakthrough technique that expands the capabilities of standard laboratory microscopes. Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal […]

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Aloe sanguinalis, a new red Aloe from Somaliland

Credit: Barkworth M, et al. Aloe sanguinalis, or Somali Red Aloe, forms large, conspicuous clumps and has blood red sap. Its can easily be spotted from the road, but the species has only just been named and described in the open access journal PhytoKeys. It remains a mystery how this beautiful and showy aloe species […]

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Suspicious spots on the lungs do not behave like metastases of rhabdomyosarcoma

Credit: Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology Rhabdomyosarcoma is a malignant soft tissue tumor in the muscle tissue of children and adolescents. About 20 children are diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma per year in the Netherlands. “Metastases in these children are often found in the lungs,” says professor Hans Merks of the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric […]

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Human cells can change job to fight diabetes

For the first time, researchers have shown that ordinary human cells can change their original function. This may give new hope for diabetes patients Credit: Kim E. Andreassen, University of Bergen. Traditional cell biology textbooks say that most cells can only differentiate to the same cell type, with the same function. It seems that some […]

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Genetic variations in a fourth gene linked to elevated leukemia risk in Hispanic children

Credit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (MEMPHIS, Tenn.–Feb. 14, 2019) St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified genetic variations in a fourth gene that are associated with an increased risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Hispanic children. The research appears today in the journal Blood. The gene is ERG, a transcription factor that […]

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London’s Biotech Ecosystem Boosted with €900M Expansion

The British Library has greenlit the construction of a new research hub on its property in North London, increasing the business potential for the biotech ecosystem in the southeast of England. The new site, costing up to €900M (£800M), will expand premises held by the British Library, which is next to King’s Cross and the […]

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Hair Loss Biotech Ventures Into Diabetes Market

The Swedish biotech Follicum has added drugs for type 2 diabetes into its pipeline, which focuses on treatments for hair loss. The market for type 2 diabetes treatments is huge, and competitive. While many approved treatments help to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes, fluctuating blood sugar levels can damage vital insulin-producing beta cells. Many diabetics […]

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