Archive for stem cells

march 2015

A new stem cell advance
“Scientists produce hypothalamic neurons, which can help target a range of conditions by using lab dishes”
Hannah Robbins, Harvard Gazette Science and Health — March 2, 2015

A new understanding of Alzheimer’s
“…mitochondria — cellular power plants — might be at the center of the disease”
Peter Reuell, Harvard Gazette Science and Health — February 25, 2015

Brain Waves
“Basal forebrain neurons fine-tune consciousness by synchronizing rhythms in the cortex”
Jake Miller, Harvard Medical News — March 2, 2015

Perception of food consumption overrides reality
“Research suggests anti-aging benefits of calorie restriction without the restriction”
Karen Feldscher, Harvard School of Public Health Communications — February 26, 2015

background: proteins

Strike a Pose
“The structure of our proteins informs how we function”
Stephanie Dutchen, Assembled with care, Harvard Medical School–Winter 2015

environment

Bionic Leaf
“Researchers use bacteria to convert solar energy into liquid fuel”
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical news — February 9, 2015

A trap for greenhouse gas
“Microcapsule method offers new approach to carbon capture and storage at power plants”
Harvard University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — February 5, 2015

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December 2014: 2

Baby cells learn to communicate using the lsd1 gene
Carnegie Science — December 15, 2014

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Resistance and Futility
“Scientists reveal how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow – work that may lead to new antibiotics”
Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medicine News — December 4, 2014
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Scientists Capture Picture of MicroRNA In Action
“The great therapeutic potential of drugs that mimic or inhibit microRNAs to control key processes in cells is at this point completely untapped.”
The Scripps Research Institute News and Views — November 10, 2014
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Secrets of Sleep
“System reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep”
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medicine News — November 21, 2014
blogs@brandeis

DNA’s wild west: Bounty hunters and outlaws vie for control of your genes
Leah Burrows, Brandeis University Science & Research blog — November 17, 2014

Physics

The ever-smaller future of physics
Steven Weinberg on the future likelihood of finding a Theory of everything at a scale “around a million billionths — between 10­-17 and 10-19 — of the radius of the typical atomic nucleus”
Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer, Harvard Gazette — December 5, 2014

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October 2014: 3

Finding a needle in a haystack
“New technique allows scientists to identify populations of rare stem cells in bone marrow”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — October 6, 2014

Getting metabolism right
“Analysis of 89 models of metabolic processes finds flaws in 44 of them — but suggests corrections”
Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office — October 7, 2014

Giant leap against diabetes
“Ability to produce embryonic stem cells will allow researchers to push faster toward cure”
B.D. Colen, Harvard Gazette, Science News — October 9,2014

No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new “sleep node” in the brain
“Using designer genes, researchers at UB and Harvard were able to ‘turn on’ specific neurons in the brainstem that result in deep sleep”
Ellen Goldbaum, News Office, University at Buffalo — September 16, 2014

Pattern Recognition
“New visualization software uncovers cancer subtypes”
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical News — October 2, 2014

‘Programmable’ antibiotic harnesses an enzyme to attack drug-resistant microbes
Rockefeller University Science News — October 5, 2014

RCas9: A Programmable RNA Editing Tool
CRISPR/Cas9 DNA editing tool modified to target RNA
Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab News Center, Science Shorts — October 3, 2014

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August 2014: 2

Tissue development ‘roadmap’ created to guide stem cell medicine
“Computer algorithm also provides ‘quality assurance’ for lab-created cells”
Boston University and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University — Aug 14, 2014

Why To Exercise Today: Get Better At Bearing Pain
Carey Goldberg, WBUR Common Health — August 14, 2014

Blocking the Signal
“Brain-derived growth factor may lure lung cancer cells to migrate”
Nancy Fliesler, Harvard Medical News — August 12, 2014

Neurons at work
“Research provides a clearer view of ‘alternative splicing’”
Peter Reuell, Harvard Gazette, Science and Health, Life Sciences — August 11, 2014

Ants and Antifungals
“Bacteria that assist fungus-farming ants may be a source of new drugs”
Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical News — August 4, 2014

Clues to curbing obesity found in neuronal ‘sweet spot’
Karen N. Peart, Yale University News — August 1, 2014

Robots

The 1,000-robot swarm
“Through commands, autonomous devices arrange selves into vast, complex shapes”
Caroline Perry, SEAS Communications, Harvard Gazette — August 14, 2014

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June 2014: 4

Mechanism explains complex brain wiring
VIB Research Institute, Flanders, Belgium — June 11, 2014

Mechanism of cell death unraveled – perspectives for treating degenerative and inflammatory diseases
VIB Research Institute, Flanders, Belgium — June 4, 2014

Natural hormone molds leaner bodies in mice
“Scientists find new molecular link between exercise and health benefits”
Richard Saltus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Communications — June 5, 2014

New method reveals single protein interaction key to embryonic stem cell differentiation
University of Chicago Medicine Newsroom — June 5, 2014

Self-assembling nanomachines start to click
“A nanocage builds itself from engineered components”
Leila Gray, Research Newsbeat, University of Washington — June 4, 2014

Stem Cells Hold Keys to Body’s Plan
“Case Western Reserve research team discovers “seeds” of stem cell development”
Jeannette Spalding, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine news — June 5, 2014

 UO researchers use rhythmic brain activity to track memories in progress
“EEG electrodes capture electrical oscillations as a remembered object is encoded and held in memory”
University of Oregon News — June 5, 2014

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June 2014: 3

Building Tiny Human Organs Could Lead To Big Medical Advances
Includes slide of 3D printed liver that resembles a contact lens
WBUR Here and Now — June 16, 2014

 Keeping Healthy Bacteria Happy
“Intestinal enzyme helps maintain microbial balance”
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medical News — May 14, 2014

Research details how developing neurons sense a chemical cue
Rockefeller University Newswire, Science News — May 30, 2014

Scientists capture most detailed images yet of tiny cellular machines
Kelly April Tyrrell, University of Wisconsin-Madison Science News — June 2, 2014

Stem cell progeny tell their parents when to turn on
Rockefeller University Newswire, Science News — May 8, 2014

Unlocking the potential of stem cells to repair brain damage
Queensland University of Technology Health News — June 4, 2014

Environment

New UGA research engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
Alan Flurry, University of Georgia News — June 2, 2014

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June 2014: 2

(Thanks to Science Daily)

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system
“Protection from chemotherapy immunosuppression indicates effect could be conserved in humans”
Suzanne Wu, Research Communications, University of Southern California — June 5, 2014

From Disinfecting Food to Treating Burn Wounds
“Pulsed electrical fields reduced drug-resistant bacteria”
[Notes on animal testing: Anesthetized mice, small areas tested]
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medical News — May 23, 2014

Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D
“New technique allows scientists to monitor the entire nervous system of a small worm”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office  — May 18, 2014

 Light Coaxes Stem Cells to Repair Teeth
“Noninvasive laser therapy could radically shift dental treatment and lead to a host of broader clinical applications in regenerative medicine”
Kristen Kusek, Harvard Medicine News — May 28, 2014

Relaxation Helps Pack DNA into a Virus
Susan Brown, University of California San Diego News — May 26, 2014

Ongoing topic: CRISPR technology refinement

Breakthrough shows how DNA is ‘edited’ to correct genetic diseases
University of Bristol press release — May 26, 2014

Environment

New UGA research engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
Alan Flurry, University of Georgia News — June 2, 2014

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