Master Heat-Shock Factor Supports Reprogramming of Normal Cells to Enable Tumor Growth and Metastasis

Long associated with enabling the proliferation of cancer cells, the ancient cellular survival response regulated by Heat-Shock Factor 1 (HSF1) can also turn neighboring cells in their environment into co-conspirators that support malignant progression and metastasis. implications for the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of cancer patients.

– Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research|31-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Molecule Enhances Copper’s Lethal Punch Against Microbes

Harnessing a natural process in the body that pumps lethal doses of copper to fungi and bacteria shows promise as a new way to kill infectious microbes, a team of scientists at Duke University report.

– Duke Medicine|31-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Drug Target Identified for Common Childhood Blood Cancer

In what is believed to be the largest genetic analysis of what triggers and propels progression of tumor growth in a common childhood blood cancer, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center report that they have identified a possible new drug target for treating the disease.

– NYU Langone Medical Center|31-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

New Mapping Approach Lets Scientists Zoom In and Out as the Brain Processes Sound

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. Their imaging technique allows zooming in and out on views of brain activity within mice, and it enabled the team to watch brain cells light up as mice “called” to each other. The results, which represent a step toward better understanding how our own brains process language, appear online July 31 the journal Neuron.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine|31-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Birthday Matters for Wiring-Up the Brain’s Vision Centers

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have evidence suggesting that neurons in the developing brains of mice are guided by a simple but elegant birth order rule that allows them to find and form their proper connections.

– University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|31-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

WIU Professors Explain Impact of Updated U.S. Seismic Hazard Maps

Two Western Illinois University Professors have extensive experience in the study of earthquakes, including how the recent changes in the seismic maps impact their classroom work.

– Western Illinois University|31-Jul-2014 11:45 AM EDT

Texas Tech Researchers Discover Low-Grade Nonwoven Cotton Picks Up 50 Times Own Weight of Oil

Nonwoven cotton could become the new picker-upper for oil spills.

– Texas Tech University|31-Jul-2014 11:35 AM EDT

Panthers Prey on Ranchers’ Calves, but Amount Varies, UF/IFAS Research Shows

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Study looked at panther behavior at two Florida cattle ranches, confirmed calf predation as a problem.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences|31-Jul-2014 10:10 AM EDT
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