Stem Cells that Regenerate Liver Tissue

A novel protein marker has been found that identifies rare adult liver stem cells, whose ability to regenerate injured liver tissue has the potential for cell-replacement therapy.

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Resurrecting a Frozen Mouse

Geneticists at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology in Japan have successfully produced clones from mice that have been dead and frozen for the past 16 years - offering hope that the technique may one day allow long-extinct mammal species, such as the woolly mammoth, to be resurrected through cloning.

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How to store and analyze 15 million gigabytes of data

When it is fully up and running, the four large detectors on the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator - will produce up to 15 million gigabytes (15 petabytes) of data every year.

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Waging a two-pronged attack on skin cancer

University of Bonn researchers have created a "designer molecule" that helps the body's own immune system better target the tumor, while also confusing the cancer into committing cellular suicide.

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Bacteria manage perfume oil production from grass

Italian microbiologists Pietro Alifano and Luigi Del Giudice, and plant biologist Massimo Maffei, have found bacteria in the root of the tropical Vetiver grass whose oils are used in the cosmetic and perfume industries.

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State off course on 'personal genomics'

In an article published on Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle, Daniel R. Ballon, questions why the state of California attempted to block the operations of two personal genomics companies within the state.

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Card-swipe for Medical Tests

Researchers at the University of Utah have successfully created a prototype that can be used to test for multiple diseases at a time by acting like a credit-card reader (swipe machine) to scan a card loaded with blood, saliva or urine samples.

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Creating Protein Pictures

University of Montreal researcher, Santiago Costantino and colleagues, demonstrated the flexibility and precision of their laser-assisted protein adsorption technique by patterning a fluorescent microscale version of the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' - the famous painting by the Dutchman, Johannes Vermeer.

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Alzheimer's Disease Breakthrough

Professor Weihong Song, Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer's Disease at the University of British Columbia, found that at least in model mice - administering Valporic Acid (VPA) as a treatment option in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease resulted in improved memory performance.

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Could the Acidification of our Oceans be the Death of Coral Reefs?

An Australian research team, led by Dr. Ken Anthony of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, seems to think so.

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