How the tiny fruit fly could help science get to the heart of human genetics
(Phys.org) —A new study by scientists at the University of Sussex shows how the tiny fruit fly could be used to better understand the genetic processes at work in humans, such as those governing heart function.
Bioengineers create rubber-like material bearing micropatterns for stronger, more elastic hearts
A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is the first to report creating artificial heart tissue that closely mimics the functions of natural heart tissue through the use of human-based ...
Stem cells + nanofibers = Promising nerve research
Every week in his clinic at the University of Michigan, neurologist Joseph Corey, M.D., Ph.D., treats patients whose nerves are dying or shrinking due to disease or injury.
Scientists use silk from the tasar silkworm as a scaffold for heart tissue
(PhysOrg.com) -- Damaged human heart muscle cannot be regenerated. Scar tissue grows in place of the damaged muscle cells. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim ...
Small change makes a big difference for ion channels
Using a high-resolution single-molecule study technique, University of Illinois researchers have seen the very subtle differences between two branches of an important family of neurotransmitter-gated ion channels.
Positioning enzymes with ease
Virtually all processes in the human body rely on a unique class of proteins known as enzymes. To study them, scientists want to attach these molecules to surfaces and hold them fast, but this can often be ...
A 'stitch in time' could help damaged hearts
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has demonstrated the feasibility of a novel technology that a surgeon could use to deliver stem cells to targeted areas of the body to repair diseased ...
The couch potato effect: Deletion of key muscle protein inhibits exercise
Daniel Kelly, M.D., and his colleagues at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) at Lake Nona have unveiled a surprising new model for studying muscle function: the couch potato mouse. While these mice ...
Structural defects precede functional decline in heart muscle
The disruption of a structural component in heart muscle cells, which is associated with heart failure, appears to occur even before heart function starts to decline, according to a new study by researchers ...
Gene therapy boosts recovery from heart attack
(PhysOrg.com) -- Gene therapy could be an effective way to improve survival rates among heart attack patients, new research by academics at the University of Bristol suggests.
Unusual protein modification involved in muscular dystrophy, cancer
With the discovery of a new type of chemical modification on an important muscle protein, a University of Iowa study improves understanding of certain muscular dystrophies and could potentially lead to new treatments for ...
New genetic link between cardiac arrhythmias and thyroid dysfunction identified
Genes previously known to be essential to the coordinated, rhythmic electrical activity of cardiac muscle -- a healthy heartbeat -- have now also been found to play a key role in thyroid hormone (TH) biosynthesis, according ...
Benefit of grapes may be more than skin deep
Can a grape-enriched diet prevent the downhill sequence of heart failure after years of high blood pressure?
Possible drug target for obesity treatment a no-brainer: study
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have discovered a gene that when mutated causes obesity by dampening the body's ability to burn energy while leaving appetite unaffected.