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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

CAR T Cells More Powerful When Built With CRISPR, Researchers Find

Feb. 22, 2017 — Researchers have harnessed the power of CRISPR/Cas9 to create more-potent chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells that enhance tumor rejection in ... read more

Scientists Identify Chain Reaction That Shields Breast Cancer Stem Cells from Chemotherapy

Feb. 22, 2017 — Working with human breast cancer cells and mice, researchers say they have identified a biochemical pathway that triggers the regrowth of breast cancer stem cells after ... read more

New Type of Immunological Treatment of Cancer?

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have found an important piece of the puzzle leading towards an understanding of how our innate immune system reacts against viral infections and recognises foreign DNA, for example from ... read more

A New Way to Inhibit Inflammation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have identified an enzyme as a kind of biological gauge regulating inflammation in the human body. Now a research team says the enzyme – Bruton’s tyrosine kinase or BTK – is ... read more

Study Shows Strong Long-Term Survival Rates for Patients With GIST

Feb. 20, 2017 — Nearly one in four patients with incurable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) treated with Gleevec will survive 10 years, a new report ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Biomedical engineers have developed imaging technology that is the first to see DNA 'blink,' or fluoresce. The tool enables researchers to study individual biomolecules (DNA, chromatin, ... read more

Discovery of Genetic 'Switch' Could Help to Prevent Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Feb. 17, 2017 — A genetic 'switch' has been discovered, which could help to prevent or delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, report ... read more

Stem Cells Collected from Fat May Have Use in Anti-Aging Treatments

Feb. 17, 2017 — Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells -- such as fibroblasts from the skin -- and have the potential for use in anti-aging treatments, according to ... read more

DNA Computer Brings 'Intelligent Drugs' a Step Closer

Feb. 17, 2017 — Researchers present a new method that should enable controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream using DNA computers. The team developed the first DNA computer capable of detecting several ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A component of an enzyme family linked to DNA repair, stress responses, and cancer also plays a role in enhancing or inhibiting major cellular activities under physiological conditions, new research ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Scientists have mapped a vast spider web of interactions between proteins in lung cancer cells, as part of an effort to reach what was considered 'undruggable.' This approach revealed new ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Scientists have known for decades that drastically restricting certain nutrients without causing malnutrition prolongs health and lifespan in a wide range of species, but the molecular mechanisms ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD) is a processing pathway in cells that, like a broom, cleans up erroneous RNA. Biomedical scientists report that they have come up with a method in the lab that ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — A collaboration between chemists and gene therapy experts produced a new way of inserting the code for modified proteins into the cells of mice. If successful in humans, the technique could be useful ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — An immune system proteinase called granzyme A appears to promote arthritic inflammation in mice infected with chikungunya virus, scientists report. The study also suggested that granzyme A could ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that a common type of cell within the human reproductive and intestinal tracts assists HIV in infecting immune cells. Understanding how these cells aid HIV could lead to ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Alpha cells in the pancreas can be induced in living mice to quickly and efficiently become insulin-producing beta cells when the expression of just two genes is blocked, according to a ... read more

Researchers Develop Potential Treatment for Fatal Kidney Disease

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have developed a potential drug to treat polycystic kidney disease -- an incurable genetic disease that often leads to end-stage kidney ... read more

Prebiotic Evolution: Hairpins Help Each Other out

Feb. 16, 2017 — The evolution of cells and organisms is thought to have been preceded by a phase in which informational molecules like DNA could be replicated selectively. New work shows that hairpin structures make ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new type of biomarker, ... read more

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