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Defending corn kernels

Discovery that a specific gene is integral to both fungal invasion of corn and development of a potentially deadly toxin in the kernels may lead to ways to control the pathogen and the poison.



Genome research ethics

A global team of legal, scientific and ethics experts have put forward eight key recommendations to establish guidelines for conducting research.



Numbers not enough

Researchers are not contradicting the theory that it is possible to demonstrate signal transfer in proteins using statistical methods.



Femtogram-level measurements

Researchers have demonstrated a method for simultaneous structural and chemical characterisation of samples at the femtogram level and below.



Key to REM disorder

There is new promise on the horizon for those who suffer from REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) according to researchers.



Stroke brain cell damage

Researchers have identified a key player in the killing of brain cells after a stroke or a seizure - the protein asparagine endopeptidase.



Folate scores big

The vitamin B chemical, folate, found in leafy green vegetables, beans and nuts has now been shown to blunt the damaging effects of heart attack.



Bitter melon sweetness

Scientists have uncovered the therapeutic properties of bitter melon that make it a powerful treatment for Type 2 diabetes.



Brain development

Scientists have identified a gene that, in mice, is critical for these stem cells to divide correctly. Without it, they fail and die.



The future of computing

The silicon chip, which has supplied several decades' worth of remarkable increases in computing power and speed, looks unlikely to sustain this pace.



New biomarker for HIV

An increase in the CD163+/CD16+ monocyte subset could be a biomarker for the progression of HIV disease, according to researchers.



Why there is more matter than antimatter?

A new physics discovery explores why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe, turning to B-meson decay for answers.



Is graphene poised to be the new silicon?

Research show that graphene could be a leading candidate to replace silicon in applications ranging from high-speed computer chips to biochemical sensors.



Software processes mountains of genome data

New software is one of a new breed of computer programs able to accurately process the mountains of genome data flowing from the latest generation of gene decoding machines



Vaccine for Ebola virus

An international team of researchers has successfully tested several Ebola vaccines in primates and are now looking to adapt them for human use, opening the door to a cure of a deadly disease.



Drug-coated balloon

An angioplasty balloon coated with a drug that reduces re-narrowing of the coronary arteries appears to be more effective than a drug-eluting stent.



Anti-restenosis drug

A new medication that researchers had hoped would reduce the risk of arterial renarrowing after stenting has turned in a disappointing performance.



Genes in action

Researchers describe the development of gene probe eye drops that make it possible to monitor and detect tissue repair in the brain of living organisms using MRI.



Aiding drug discovery

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development - but this may now change.



Smallpox misinformation

Many people are unaware of one of the greatest achievements of medical science - the eradication of smallpox from the world over 40 years ago.



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