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Method to boost cells during chemotherapy

December 31st, 2014
by Tania

Method to boost cells during chemotherapyResearch from Michigan State University (MSU) has found a potential new method for strengthening cells, which could boost health during chemotherapy.

The team found that by adding thymine – a natural building block found in DNA – into normal cells, it was possible to boost gene production and trigger cell division. Publishing their findings in the journal Molecular Cell, the researchers wanted to better understand the relationship between normal and cancerous cells.  Read the rest of this entry »

New hepatitis C treatment proposed

December 30th, 2014
by Tania

New hepatitis C treatment proposedA team from Penn Medicine worked with multi-centre international researchers and found a new treatment for hepatitis C.

The simple and cost-effective therapy could help better manage the condition for people in developing countries. They team also found that the new method has fewer side effects. Read the rest of this entry »

Study uncovers how errors are corrected in genetic code

December 29th, 2014
by Tania

Study uncovers how errors are corrected in genetic codeA collaborative team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Broad Institute and the University of Tokyo, has created the first high-definition picture of the Cas9 complex, which is a key part of the CRISPR-Cas system.

The system is used by researchers to silence genes and investigate cell biology.

Published in the Cell journal, their findings could lead to developing a tool that advances genomic research, which will help potentially create novel treatments for human genetic disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Targeting microRNA could treat ovarian and breast cancer patients

December 23rd, 2014
by Tania

Targeting microRNA could treat ovarian and breast cancer patientsA genetic misfire called the 3q26.2 amplicon can cause havoc in the body, with it being most commonly seen in many cancers, including ovarian and breast cancers.

A team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center believe they may have found a molecule-based approach to inhibit 3q26.2.

By targeting a non-coding microRNA (miRNA) identified as miR569 the researchers were able to increase cell death in vitro and in vivo.  Read the rest of this entry »

Biomarker could predict traumatic brain injury outcome

December 22nd, 2014
by Tania

Biomarker could predict traumatic brain injury outcomeFor people that suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI), being able to judge how likely they will be to suffer a cranial lesion is key for deciding their treatment.

Head computed tomography (CT) can be aided by measuring markers of bone injury in the blood, a new study has suggested. Read the rest of this entry »