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New patent system

Biotechnology discoveries are at risk of being unduly hindered or taken hostage by private corporations unless patent systems are brought into the 21st century.



Promise in HIV switch

If the battle against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is a chess match, then new research gives new insight into one of the virus' most important moves.



Job's syndrome insights

Scientists have made another major breakthrough in understanding a rare immune disorder called Job's syndrome.



Detecting cancer earlier

Doctors may one day be able to detect early stages of colon cancer without a biopsy, using a new technique developed by researchers.



Inflammatory diseases

Investigators have identified a new mechanism involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.



Processing images in brain

Scientists believe they have discovered a small part of the brain that processes both the images from a single eye and also the motion of our bodies.



Parasitic worm disease

A research team has identified chemical compounds that hold promise as potential therapies for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that afflicts people worldwide.



Muscle fibre death

An investigational antiviral drug currently undergoing human trials in Europe for treating Hepatitis C infections may have potential to reduce muscle cell damage.



Reversing macular degeneration

Leading causes of blindness-age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy can be reversed or even prevented by drugs that activate a protein found in blood vessel cells.



Superbug infection in face lifts

A dangerous drug-resistant bacterial infection has been showing up in a small number of patients who undergo face-lifts, doctors reported on Monday.



Cystic fibrosis promise

New research holds promise for developing innovative therapies against cystic fibrosis and may also serve as a model for future therapies against the HIV virus.



Awakening stem cells

Scientists have discovered what chemical in the eye triggers the dormant capacity of certain non-neuronal cells to transform into progenitor cells.



Skeletal muscle disorder

A new UC Irvine study finds that lithium chloride can slow the development of inclusion body myositis, a skeletal muscle disease that affects the elderly.



Tobacco carcinogen KO

Silencing a specific gene in burley tobacco plants significantly reduces harmful carcinogens in cured tobacco leaves.



Nogo receptor boosts synapses

New findings about a protein called the nogo receptor are offering fresh ways to think about keeping the brain sharp, by boosting synapse signals.



Benefits of vegan diet

A gluten-free vegan diet may improve the health of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and has a beneficial effect on several risk factors for cardiovascular disease.



Grapes in diabetes fight

Resveratrol in grape skins could stop diabetic complications such as heart disease, retinopathy and nephropathy, research finds.



Negative emotions and the brain

Reappraisal reduced negative emotion experience and suppression reduced disgust facial expressions, they markedly differed in their impact on brain activity.



Stress and the brain

Individuals who experience military combat obviously endure extreme stress, and this exposure leaves many diagnosed with PTSD.



H pylori adhesion

The Gram negative bacterium H pylori is involved in the pathogenesis of several gastrointestinal diseases, ultimately leading to gastric carcinoma.



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