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Volume 6, Number 53
December 31, 2007

Physical sciences and technology

Nanotechnology
Pulsar wind nebulae
Superconductivity
Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum
Star formation
Extrasolar planets
Climate change

Life sciences

Cell nucleus size
Co-operative breeding
X chromosome inactivation
Proteins and water
Brain-imaging studies
Wnt signaling
Exosomes and RNA degradation
Telomerase
Cancer biology
T cells
Type II topoisomerase
Deep sea ecosystems
Copy number variation
Regulation of interleukin-10
Systems biology

Health and medicine

Cancer
Parkinson's disease
Cardiovascular disease
Avian flu
Nanoparticles and cancer
Tuberculosis
Omega-3 fatty acids
Diabetes
Hepatitis C
Neurodegenerative disease
Health risks of high-fat, high carb diet
Malaria
Obesity and BDNF
Leptin and epilepsy
Stem cells



Physical sciences and technology


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. December 24, 2007 - Toward improved non-stick surfaces at the flip of a switch
Background


Pulsar wind nebulae

References:
  1. December 25, 2007 - Mysterious Cosmic Powerhouses Explored
Background



Superconductivity

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Researchers take step toward understanding superconductivity
Background

Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Climatic Chain Reaction Caused Runaway Greenhouse Effect 55 Million Years Ago
Background


Star formation

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Jets Are a Real Drag
  2. December 28, 2007 - Jets Spiral in 'Reverse Whirlpool' from Star
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - Exoplanet Reflected Light Detected For The First Time - also here, here
Background


Climate change

References:
  1. December 30, 2007 - 2007 a Year of Weather Records in U.S. - also here
Background



Life sciences


Cell nucleus size

References:
  1. December 24, 2007 - Active mechanism locks in the size of a cell's nucleus
Background


Co-operative breeding

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Helping Hand From The Grandparents, Observed In Birds
Background


X chromosome inactivation

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - What Tips The Balance? Understanding Why X Chromosome Inactivation Can Be Skewed
Background


Proteins and water

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Dance Of Water With Proteins
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Cognitive, genetic clues identified in imaging study of alcohol addiction
  2. December 30, 2007 - Brain Imaging And Genetic Studies Link Thinking Patterns To Addiction - also here
Background


Wnt signaling

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Beta-catenin Gradient Linked To Process Of Somite Formation
Background


Exosomes and RNA degradation

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Plant Study Reveals New Insights Into How Genomes Work - also here
Background, Background, Background


Telomerase

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Elusive Telomere RNA Subunit Identified In Single Cell Model - also here, here
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Cannabinoids May Inhibit Cancer Cell Invasion
  2. December 28, 2007 - FOXO factor promotes survival of oxygen-deprived cancer cells - also here, here
  3. December 28, 2007 - New Research Tools Suggest Cancer And Other Diseases Are Too Complex For Easy Answers, Researchers Say - also here
  4. December 28, 2007 - Drug target to stop cancer spread
  5. December 29, 2007 - Lung Cancer Cells' Survival Gene Seen As Drug Target - also here, here, here
Background


T cells

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Fight against hay fever and other allergies helped by new immune system discovery - also here, here
  2. December 27, 2007 - Gene find boosts allergy research
Background


Type II topoisomerase

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - First Look At An Enzyme Target For Antibacterial And Cancer Drugs
Background


Deep sea ecosystems

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - Deep-sea species' loss could lead to oceans' collapse, study suggests - also here
Background


Copy number variation

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - Copy number variation may stem from replication misstep - also here, here
Background


Regulation of interleukin-10

References:
  1. December 29, 2007 - 2 genes are important key to regulating immune response - also here, here
Background


Systems biology

References:
  1. December 30, 2007 - Study Maps Life In Extreme Environments - also here
Background, Background



Health and medicine


Cancer

References:
  1. December 24, 2007 - Tea drinking may not curb ovarian cancer risk
  2. December 24, 2007 - Coffee, tea linked to lower risk of kidney cancer
  3. December 25, 2007 - Hispanic women at risk of breast cancer gene
  4. December 26, 2007 - Ultrasound fails to spot early ovarian cancer
  5. December 26, 2007 - Demonstrating The Influence Of The Microenvironment In The Process Of Metastasis
  6. December 26, 2007 - Varying prevalence among ethnic groups of gene mutation that increases risk of breast cancer
  7. December 27, 2007 - Chemotherapy And Tamoxifen Reduce Risk Of Second Breast Cancer, Study Finds - also here
  8. December 27, 2007 - Environmental Factors Early In Life May Influence Testicular Cancer Risk
  9. December 27, 2007 - Breast Cancer Gene Mutation More Common In Hispanic, Young Black Women, Study Finds - also here, here
  10. December 27, 2007 - Novel Method Used To Classify New Vs. Recurrent Cancer
  11. December 27, 2007 - Scoring system identifies MDS patients who have low-risk disease but a poor prognosis
  12. December 27, 2007 - Bevacizumab found to improve survival for patients with advanced breast cancer
  13. December 27, 2007 - New thermal-imaging technique may help victims of head and neck cancers
  14. December 27, 2007 - Cancer gene mutation crossed ethnic lines
  15. December 28, 2007 - Anthracyclines Improve Survival In HER2-positive Breast Cancer Patients - also here
  16. December 28, 2007 - Firefly Genes In Mice Allow Testing Of New Therapy Against Lymphoma
  17. December 28, 2007 - Taxol with avastin produces noteworthy results - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. December 24, 2007 - Erectile dysfunction may boost Parkinson's risk - also here
Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. December 24, 2007 - New Potential Target In The Treatment Of Fatal Brain Disease
  2. December 26, 2007 - Neuroticism hard on the heart: study
  3. December 27, 2007 - Statins may reduce risk of sudden cardiac death
  4. December 27, 2007 - High triglycerides, other cholesterol raise risk of stroke - also here, here
  5. December 28, 2007 - Drinking alcohol may keep leg arteries healthy
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. December 24, 2007 - Pakistan still probing human transmission in bird flu: ministry
  2. December 25, 2007 - Indonesian woman dies from bird flu
  3. December 25, 2007 - Vietnam suspects bird flu killed young child
  4. December 26, 2007 - Egyptian woman dies of bird flu
  5. December 26, 2007 - German chicken tests positive for H5N1 flu strain
  6. December 26, 2007 - Regular flu vaccine may help against H5N1: study
  7. December 26, 2007 - Bird flu reappears in Germany: official
  8. December 26, 2007 - Egypt reports 16th bird flu death
  9. December 26, 2007 - Bird flu vaccine made in powder form
  10. December 27, 2007 - WHO confirms human-to-human birdflu case
  11. December 27, 2007 - Bird flu kills four-year-old boy in Vietnam
  12. December 27, 2007 - WHO confirms inter-human bird flu transmission in Pakistan - also here
  13. December 28, 2007 - Two Egyptians test positive for bird flu - also here
  14. December 28, 2007 - WHO confirms first human bird flu case in Pakistan - also here
  15. December 29, 2007 - Fresh bird flu outbreak in Myanmar: official, state media
  16. December 30, 2007 - Father of China bird flu victim has recovered: state media
  17. December 31, 2007 - Egyptian woman dies of bird flu, 2nd in week
Background


Nanoparticles and cancer

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Gold Nanoparticle Probes May Allow Earlier Cancer Detection - also here
Background, Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Researcher Seeks Clues To How Tuberculosis Infects Cells - also here
Background


Omega-3 fatty acids

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Why fish oil is good for you
  2. December 28, 2007 - Fish oil capsules pack same omega-3 punch as fish
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. December 26, 2007 - Oral anti diabetic substance discovered
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. December 27, 2007 - Hepatitis C: Weight-based Dosing Is Key To Optimal Treatment, Study Suggests
  2. December 28, 2007 - Effective Treatment Found For Hepatitis C Patients With Low Blood-platelet Counts, Study Suggests - also here
Background


Neurodegenerative disease

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - Most older adults have brain disease: study
  2. December 28, 2007 - Some Types Of Temporary Neurological Problems Associated With Increased Risk For Stroke, Dementia - also here, here
Background


Health risks of high-fat, high carb diet

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - High-fat, high-carb meals more harmful to obese
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - Vaccine Against Malaria Will Reduce Disease, Study Suggests
Background


Obesity and BDNF

References:
  1. December 28, 2007 - Overeating and obesity triggered by lack of BDNF - also here, here
Background


Leptin and epilepsy

References:
  1. December 29, 2007 - How An Atkins-like Diet Can Treat Epilepsy: Leptin Attenuates Rodent Seizure Severity
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. December 30, 2007 - Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy Closer To Reality
Background


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