Archive: 12/01/2008

Can you hear me now? How the inner ear's sensors are made

A UCLA study shows for the first time how microscopic crystals form sound and gravity sensors inside the inner ear. Located at the ends of cilia โ€” tiny cellular hairs in the ear that move and transmit signals ...

Dec 01, 2008
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Tool helps identify gene function in soybeans

In the race for bioengineered crops, sequencing the genome could be considered the first leg in a multi-leg relay. Once the sequence is complete, the baton is passed forward to researchers to identify genes' functions. A ...

Dec 01, 2008
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Who's most likely to be swept away?

If you think the person most likely to be involved in an avalanche this winter will be a young hot-dogger who doesn't know any better, think again.

Dec 01, 2008
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The symptoms of T-cell leukemia/lymphoma

Multiple lymphomatous polyposis (MLP) is an unusual form mantle cell lymphoma characterized by polyps throughout the gastrointestinal tract. Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is a malignancy associated with retrovirus, ...

Dec 01, 2008
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Cleanliness can compromise moral judgment

New research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science has found that the physical notion of cleanliness significantly reduces the severity of moral judgments, showing that intuition, rather ...

Dec 01, 2008
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Study unmasks how ovarian tumors evade immune system

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have determined how the characteristic shedding of fatty substances, or lipids, by ovarian tumors allows the cancer to evade the body's immune system, leaving the disease to spread unchecked. Ovarian ...

Dec 01, 2008
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Prostate cancer spurs new nerves

Prostate cancer โ€“ and perhaps other cancers โ€“ promotes the growth of new nerves and the branching axons that carry their messages, a finding associated with more aggressive tumors, said researchers from Baylor College ...

Dec 01, 2008
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Immune cells reveal fancy footwork

Our immune system plays an essential role in protecting us from diseases, but how does it do this exactly? Dutch biologist Suzanne van Helden discovered that before dendritic cells move to the lymph nodes they lose their ...

Dec 01, 2008
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Rivers are carbon processors, not inert pipelines

Microorganisms in rivers and streams play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle that has not previously been considered. Freshwater ecologist Dr. Tom Battin, of the University of Vienna, told a COST ESF Frontiers of Science ...

Dec 01, 2008
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