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Turning cells into fat

Researchers report the discovery of a critical early player, so-called 3T3-L1 cells, in the path that turns cells to fat.



Controlling genes

Researchers have discovered a gene in flies whose activity rises and falls depending upon the amount of protein and sugar in the insects' diets.



Pain and fatigue linked

A study reveals a biological link between pain and fatigue and may help explain why more women than men are diagnosed with chronic pain and fatigue conditions.



First cancer vaccine

Russian regulators have approved the world's first cancer vaccine, validating the introduction of a product even though it failed a late-stage clinical trial.



Manipulating immunity

One day it may be possible to mimic the tactics used by parasites to trick the body into accepting transplanted tissues or organs.



Looping genes

Researchers have discovered how a particular gene associated with breast cancer behaves, which may lead to better testing for the debilitating disease.



Soy benefits for teens

Evidence is growing from animal and human studies that genistein, a potent chemical found in soy, protects against development of breast cancer - but only if consumed during puberty.



Nano-stained glass

Carbon nanotubes are promising materials for many high-technology applications due to their exceptional mechanical, thermal, chemical, optical and electrical properties.



Negligent, attentive mice

Scientists describe a strain of mice that exhibit unusually high rates of maternal neglect, with approximately one out of every five females failing.



Fingerprint of Evolution

One of the steps in turning genetic information into proteins leaves genetic fingerprints, even on regions of the DNA that are not involved in coding for the final protein.



Atherosclerosis in adults

Aggressively lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels below current targets may help to prevent - and possibly reverse - hardening of the arteries.



Manufactured Buckyballs

Even large amounts of manufactured nanoparticles, also known as Buckyballs, don't faze microscopic organisms that are charged with cleaning up the environment.



Creating quantum computers

A group of scientists recently demonstrated one of the basic building blocks for distributed quantum computing using entangled photons generated in optical fibers



Sweet nanotech batteries

Nanotechnology could improve the life of the lithium batteries used in portable devices, including laptop computers, mp3 players, and mobile phones.



New electronic system

Scientists have created and tested a set of computer programs that use electronic medical records to help clinicians detect contagious illness.



Stem cells and cancer

If a crucial gene called Apc is lost or damaged, its normal function of controlling the adult stem cell population breaks down.



Message system controls adult stem cells

British researchers have uncovered a messaging system that instructs ASCs to contribute to tissue repair in response to chemical signals in the body.



Microscaffolding therapy to treat stroke damage

Scientists are developing cell-scaffold combinations that could be injected into the brain to provide a framework inside the cavities caused by stroke.



Washing produce

Washing fresh fruits and vegetables before eating may reduce the risk of food poisoning and those awful episodes of vomiting and diarrhoea. But it may not be enough.



Detecting prostate cancer with MRI

The use of MRI without endorectal coil can detect prostate cancer and provide undistorted images with diagnostic image quality and accurate tumour localisation.



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