FirephoxRising writes: Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. So we are what we eat, what we do and what we got from out parents.
FirephoxRising writes: For almost a hundred years ago is known that cancer cells feel a special appetite for a type of sugar called glucose. The tumor uses this molecule is like the gasoline which depends a sports car to burn faster and grows and multiplies rapidly. It is a little cash process from the energy point of view but allows a superaccelerated cancer cell division. It is what is known as the Warburg effect, which was described in 1927. "The interesting part is to study whether future treatments that fight the tumor and also quit the energy source of the tumor cells, the tumor dies because it cannot easily be adapted to use other substrates for energy to survive," concludes Esteller.
FirephoxRising writes: Traditionally ultrasound has seen limited use in cancer treatment due to clarity and resolution issues. But researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have overcome this limitation by combining ultrasound with a contrast agent composed of tiny bubbles that pair with an antibody that many cancer cells produce at higher levels than do normal cells.“The SFRP2-moleculary targeted contrast agent showed specific visualization of the tumor vasculature,” said Klauber-DeMore. “In contrast, there was no visualization of normal blood vessels. This suggests that the contrast agent may help distinguish malignant from benign masses found on imaging.”
FirephoxRising writes: A novel use of TRIAL anti-cancer treatment causes tumor cells in the blood to self destruct. Excitingly it appears to be even more effective in the bloodstream than in invitro studies. The new method attaches to white blood cells which enables them to be more efficient and last longer in the body.
FirephoxRising writes: A research pilot plant in Newcastle will trial world-first technology that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction industry. More efficient and stable than storing gas in the ground, the new method will sequester carbon and can work anywhere, unlike geo-sequestration which is site specific.
FirephoxRising writes: New protein based treatment from the University of NSW breaks down cancers by destroying their internal protein structures. The approach has been tried before but always resulted in too much damage to muscles and the heart. The new approach allows the new class of drug can attack tumours without damaging normal cells.
FirephoxRising writes: Wheat stem rust has been a scourge since Roman times, in the '60s we bred resistant wheat and sparked the green revolution. In 1999 it came back in Africa, and is spreading across the middle east. It has crossed oceans before, and can decimate global food supplies, yet little is heard of this.