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New UW-Madison Center Offers Ultra-Speed Protein Analysis

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Three University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have won a prestigious, five-year grant to establish the National Center for Quantitative Biology of Complex Systems, which will develop next-generation protein measurement technologies and offer them to biologists nationwide.

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Mice Survive Brain Cancer Tumors Lacking Key Surface Proteins

A new scientific study has characterized a checkpoint protein that allows certain brain tumor cells to avoid the immune system.

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TSRI Scientists Receive Funding to Advance Stem Cell-Based Parkinson’s Therapy

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Scripps Clinic have received a grant of nearly $2.4 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to support safety and quality tests of a potential stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

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An Engineered Protein Can Disrupt Tumor-Promoting 'Messages' in Human Cells

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A team of researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Trento in Italy unveiled an engineered protein that they designed to repress a specific cancer-promoting message within cells.

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Duke to Participate in Early Clinical Trials for Emerging Neurological Therapies

Duke University could receive up to $19 million to lead early-stage clinical trials for new drugs to treat neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and neuropathy.

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Comprehensive HIV Vaccine Project Funded at $23 Million by NIH

To support a coordinated, innovative approach to the development of an AIDS vaccine, Texas Biomedical Research Institute scientists, together with an international coalition of experts, have received a grant for $23 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this program is to establish a vaccine approach that targets a frontline defense at the mucosa, while generating backup immune responses in the blood and tissues.

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Many Skin Cancer Patients Still Too Likely to Sunburn

A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins concludes that a substantial number of people with a history of the most frequent kind of nonmelanoma skin cancers still get sunburned at the same rate as those without previous history, probably because they are not using sun-protective methods the right way or in the right amounts.

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Case Western Reserve University Researchers Block Common Type of Colon Cancer Tumor in Mice

A new scientific study has identified why colorectal cancer cells depend on a specific nutrient, and a way to starve them of it.

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Boise State Computer Science Program Hatching New Ideas for Education through NSF Grant

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The university is creating an educational environment called the Computer Science Professionals Hatchery, or CSP-hatchery, to model the best practices of software development companies.

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Building Lab Instruments One Block at a Time

Building lab instruments for chemistry and biology experiments used to be an expensive, time consuming process only done by scientists with specialized training. A 3D printed, Lego-like system of blocks designed by a UC Riverside team is changing that. As well as real research applications, the system can be used for STEM education, where students gain both an engineering experience by building the instruments and a science experience as they use them.

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Map Provides Detailed Picture of How the Brain Is Organized

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A detailed new map by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis lays out the landscape of the human cerebral cortex. The map will accelerate progress in the study of brain diseases, as well as help to elucidate what makes us unique as a species.

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Infections, Antibiotic Use Linked to Manic Episodes in People with Serious Mental Illness

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In research using patient medical records, investigators from Johns Hopkins and Sheppard Pratt Health System report that people with serious mental disorders who were hospitalized for mania were more likely to be on antibiotics to treat active infections than a group of people without a mental disorder.

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Discovery May Lead to a Treatment to Slow Parkinson’s Disease

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Using a robust model for Parkinson’s disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers and colleagues have discovered an interaction in neurons that contributes to Parkinson’s disease, and they have shown that drugs now under development may block the process.

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Metastatic Prostate Cancer Cases Skyrocket

The number of new cases of metastatic prostate cancer climbed 72 percent in the past decade from 2004 to 2013, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The authors suspect the recent trend of fewer men being screened and more aggressive disease may be contributing to the rise. The largest increase in new cases was among men 55 to 69 years old, which rose 92 percent in the past decade. This rise is troubling because men in this age group are believed to benefit most from prostate cancer screening and early treatment.

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NIH Awards UAB Three Maternal and Infant Health Grants

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UAB continues to improve maternal and infant health as the only university to be a member of all three NIH perinatal networks.

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Eating More Healthy Fats in Place of Either Carbs or Saturated Fats Improves Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

Eating more unsaturated fats in place of either dietary carbohydrate or saturated fat reduces blood sugar, insulin levels, and other metrics related to type 2 diabetes, according to a new meta-analysis of data from 102 randomised feeding trials in adults.

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Newly Described Cellular Defense Activity Could Guide Solutions to UTIs

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The process cells use to secrete chemicals also appears to be the way to clear urinary tract infections, or UTIs, according to a study by researchers from Duke Health and Duke-National University of Singapore.

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Protein Found to Bolster Growth of Damaged Muscle Tissue

Biologists have found that a protein that plays a key role in the lives of stem cells can bolster the growth of damaged muscle tissue, a step that could potentially contribute to treatments for muscle degeneration caused by old age and diseases such as muscular dystrophy.