How Lizards Regenerate Their Tails: Researchers Discover Genetic ‘Recipe’

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By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers from Arizona State University is one step closer to solving that mystery. The scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.

– Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences|20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Severing Nerves May Shrink Stomach Cancers

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Research from Columbia University Medical Center shows that nerves may play a critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking nerve signals using surgery or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) could be an effective treatment for the disease.

– Columbia University Medical Center|20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Early Bottlenecks in Developing Biopharmaceutical Products Delay Commercialization

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An analysis of patented university inventions licensed to biotechnology firms has revealed early bottlenecks on the path to commercialization. To open these roadblocks, the researchers suggest that better communication of basic research results during the discovery stage could lead to faster commercialization down the road.

– Georgia Institute of Technology|20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Study Identifies Protein that Helps Prevent Active Tuberculosis in Infected Patients

A UCLA-led study has identified a protein that appears to play a key role in protecting people infected with the tuberculosis bacteria from developing the active form of the disease. The findings could help doctors identify people who are at the greatest risk for developing disease as well as target new treatment strategies. The study also demonstrates a unique role for Vitamin D -- the protein can only kill the bacteria when there are adequate levels of this vitamin present.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences|20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Scientists Discover Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation

Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities – potentially leading to improved treatments for depression.

– Seattle Children's Hospital|20-Aug-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Busting Myths About Ticks

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Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in warmer summer months. These disease carriers could be harmful to humans and pets alike. A veterinarian and renowned tick expert explains common myths about ticks and how people can protect themselves and their pets from the blood-sucking pests.

– Kansas State University Research and Extension|20-Aug-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Faculty Members Develop Free Alternative Textbooks to Save Students Money

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Through an alternative textbook initiative, Kansas State University faculty members are helping students save an estimated $423,000 a year in textbook costs.

– Kansas State University|20-Aug-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Drexel U. Experts Available to Comment on Protests in Missouri Following Death of Michael Brown

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Experts at Drexel University in Philadelphia are available to assist the news media with their coverage of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and its implications from a variety of perspectives.

– Drexel University|20-Aug-2014 10:40 AM EDT
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