Research & medical benefits
Stem cell link to prostate cancer
A new study identifies a stem cell that may cause some types of prostate cancer, at least in mice.
How broccoli protects arteries
Researchers have discovered one reason why broccoli and other green leafy vegetables are definitely good for you.
Pioneers of stem cell research in animals win 'pre-Nobel'
The 2009 Albert Lasker basic medical research prize has just gone to stem cell pioneers John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for their work using frogs and mice.
Diesel fumes grow new blood vessels?
New findings indicate that the link between diesel exhaust fumes and cancer lies in the ability of particles within the exhaust fumes to cause the growth of new blood vessels, which can aid tumour development.
Key protein in obesity related diseases
It is well known that obesity can lead to health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and it is thought that this is due to low-grade inflammation.
Balanced diet best for arteries
A team studying the effect of diet on the cardiovascular system in mice have shown that a diet low in carbohydrates could lead to artery damage.
Monkeys with two mums may eradicate mitochondrial disorders
Scientists have produced four infant monkeys using a technique which could stop women with genetic diseases passing them on to their children.
Patching a broken heart
A team of scientists have developed a patch which could help the heart to heal after damage.
Leishmania parasites feed immune cells
Researchers using mice have shown how the Leishmania parasite, transmitted by sand flies, establishes infection.
'Magnetic' stem cells target damaged blood vessels
Scientists have harnessed the power of magnetism to guide stem cells towards damaged tissue in rats.
New target for stopping colon cancer
A team of scientists studying mice have found a target that could lead to an effective way to kill colon cancer cells.
Delaying motor neurone disease
By blocking the production of a faulty protein in mice, researchers have delayed the onset of motor neurone disease, improved mobility, and extended life-span.
How infection can lead to psychiatric problems
Scientists using mice have discovered how early exposure to a common type of bacterium can lead to psychiatric disorders.
Nanobees deliver deadly sting
A group of scientists has harnessed the power of bee venom and used it to kill tumour cells in mice.
Stopping cancer spreading
Working with 'substitute' breast cancer stem cells and mice, scientists have discovered a chemical which can kill the cells that cause tumours to spread and return, even after seemingly successful treatment.
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