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Manipulating the Schmallenberg virus genome to understand how it causes disease

Scottish researchers have developed methods to synthesize and change the genome of a recently discovered virus, in a bid to understand how it induces disease among livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats.

Scientists pinpoint molecular signals that make some women prone to miscarriage

Scientists have identified molecular signals that control whether embryos are accepted by the womb, and that appear to function abnormally in women who have suffered repeated miscarriages.

Cholesterol medicine affects energy production in muscles

Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain.

e-Therapeutics provides update on progress of ETS2101 cancer trials

e-Therapeutics plc provides an update on the clinical trials of its cancer drug ETS2101. Two phase I studies, one in patients with primary or secondary brain cancer and the other in patients with various solid tumours, remain on track to...

Treatment of inflammatory diseases

Karus Therapeutics, a leader in the development of innovative medicines for the treatment of inflammatory disease and cancer, has entered into a collaboration with the Babraham Institute, to further characterize novel treatments for...

Eight young scientists receive Society in Science fellowship

Society in Science, ETH Zurich's worldwide fellowship for outstanding postdoctoral researchers, has selected eight new fellows in research fields ranging from philosophy to applied systems biology.

Scientists prove that vitamin D helps to combat breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequent type of cancer affecting women worldwide. Since breast-cancer rates increase every year, the diagnosis and treatment options are of particular interest to scientists. It has long been known that high...

Dramatic increase in tick-borne infections

Last year, more than 40,000 people in Western Scandinavia may have been affected by infections caused by ticks. SEK 17 million has now been invested in a joint Nordic project to coordinate initiatives to combat the dramatic increase in...

Enzyme explains angina in diabetics

In a new study published in the scientific journal Circulation, scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden show that an enzyme called arginase might have a key part to play in the development of...

Surveillance can reduce suffering for men with prostate cancer

With active surveillance many men with prostate cancer could dispense with radiation treatment and surgery, and thus avoid adverse effects such as incontinence and impotence.

Engineered bacteria can make the ultimate sacrifice

Scientists have engineered bacteria that are capable of sacrificing themselves for the good of the bacterial population. These altruistically inclined bacteria, which are described online in the journal Molecular Systems Biology, can be...

High blood cholesterol is overlooked

High blood cholesterol, a serious hereditary disease, is far more common than previously recognised and not treated sufficiently. This is shown in new research from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital.

More sunlight, less cancer

A large body of evidence indicates that solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiance and vitamin D reduce the risk of incidence and death for many types of cancer. Therefore, scientists from Nordic countries believe that the widespread fear of...

New Acuson X700 ultrasound system from Siemens

With the Acuson X700 system, Siemens Healthcare has developed a powerful ultrasound system that offers exceptional image quality, robust...

Gene switch important in cancer discovered

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of Helsinki in Finland have shown that the 'switches' that regulate the expression of genes play a major role in the development of cancer.

Clues that could lead to a universal flu jab honoured

A study which has found a way to develop a universal vaccine for influenza, one that gives people immunity against all strains of the disease, has been recognised by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and gained its lead researcher a...

First combined map of genetic variation at different scales

The 1000 Genomes Project presents a map of normal human genetic variation - everything from tiny changes in the genetic code to major...

Unlocking the secrets of DNA repair

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have unlocked one of the secrets to DNA repair - helping doctors identify DNA base damage and a...

New study sheds light on how and when vision evolved

Opsins, the light-sensitive proteins key to vision, may have evolved earlier and undergone fewer genetic changes than previously believed, according to a new study from the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of...

Test developed to detect early-stage diseases with naked eye

Scientists have developed a prototype ultra-sensitive sensor that would enable doctors to detect the early stages of diseases and viruses with the naked eye, according to research published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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