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1 January 1970

Posted by: Richard Scrase

Category: News


Manganese, ticks and Lyme disease

Working with mice, researchers have identified a protein that may help thousands of people in the USA who contract Lyme disease each year.

Gene controls formation of tooth enamel

A team of researchers have pin-pointed the gene which controls the production of tooth enamel in mice, called Ctip2.

Gene patches treat muscular dystrophy

Researchers have developed a new approach in the search for treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Needle-free vaccination

Researchers have developed a new pain-free method of vaccination which does not involve an injection. Using mice they have shown that it is possible to deliver a vaccine orally by combining it with protective friendly bacteria.

Now for the good news

UK newspapers these days are full of political sleaze, economic woes and minor celebrities. But there is some good news too.

Cause of recurrent seizures revealed

Researchers studying mice have shown that an increase in excitability in calcium channels in the brain could explain recurrent seizures.

Treatment 'reverses' Alzheimer's in mice

A team of scientists studying mice has pinpointed a gene involved in memory impairment, such as that seen in Alzheimer’s disease.

Mechanism behind blood clots

Scientists using mice believe they have identified the mechanism which determines whether fatty deposits in the arteries are harmless or potentially fatal.

Stem cell development dependent on blood flow

Two studies have indicated that it is the physical force of a heart beat which triggers blood stem cells to produce new blood cells.

Cold virus fights cancer selectively

Scientists have managed to modify the cold virus so that it only targets and damages cancerous cells.

Effect of breast cancer gene reversed

Scientists have identified a gene implicated in up to one fifth of breast cancers. The good news is that studies in mice seem to show a commonly-used blood pressure drug appears to reverse the effects of the gene.

Protein culprit in Huntington's disease

Why does Huntington's disease lead to the death of brain cells, whilst causing negligible damage to cells elsewhere in the body?

Nanoparticles seek out plaques in arteries

Researchers have designed small particles - ‘nanoparticles' - that are able to selectively bind to plaques in arteries.

Fat busting pill?

An artificial hormone has reduced body weight and fat mass in mice, and fast.

More research means more animals

The 2008 figures for use of animals in UK research were released today by the Home Office.

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