Archive: 05/6/2008

Mouse can do without man's most treasured genes

The mouse is a stalwart stand-in for humans in medical research, thanks to genomes that are 85 percent identical. But identical genes may behave differently in mouse and man, a study by University of Michigan evolutionary ...

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'Crispy noodle' chemistry could reduce carbon emissions

A new material developed in Manchester, which has a structure that resembles crispy noodles, could help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being pumped out and drive the next generation of high-performance ...

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Unraveling the Genomic Code for Development

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have produced the first complete description of the complex network of genes that create a particular type of cell in an organism.

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Not all fat created equal

It has long been known that type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, particularly fat inside the belly. Now, researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have found that fat from other areas of the body can actually reduce insulin ...

dateMay 06, 2008 in Medical research
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Life without TORC is 1 big struggle

Humans and fruitflies – those pesky little buggers that are irresistibly attracted to overripe fruit – share more than a sweet tooth. Both rely on the same insulin-regulated molecular pathway to maintain their energy ...

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Sounding out Congo Red

Brightly colored dyes such as the shimmering Congo Red commonly used in silk clothing manufacture are notoriously difficult to dispose of in an environmentally benign way.

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First steps toward autonomous robot surgeries

The day may be getting a little closer when robots will perform surgery on patients in dangerous situations or in remote locations, such as on the battlefield or in space, with minimal human guidance.

dateMay 06, 2008 in Engineering
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