Double-barreled news today from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an analysis of several sets of hospital data, gathered by the agency and also purchased from independent databases, the CDC said it found that more than 37 ...
It’s been a little more than a year since the first-ever clinical trial of fecal transplants — the practice of infusing diluted donor stool into the colon of someone suffering from Clostridium difficile infection — demonstrated that the low-tech process ...
In my last post, I talked about the unnerving increase in avian flu H7N9 in China. The novel flu strain, now in its second year, appears to be spreading more rapidly than it did in its first appearance, and also ...
A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has made improvements in computer processing using an emerging class of magnetic materials called “multiferroics,” and these advances could make future devices far more energy-efficient than current technologies. Read more »
Cherepov, S., Khalili Amiri, P., Alzate, J., Wong, K., Lewis, M., Upadhyaya, P., Nath, J., Bao, M., Bur, A., Wu, T. & Carman, G. (2014). Electric-field-induced spin wave generation using multiferroic magnetoelectric cells, Applied Physics Letters, 104 (8) 82403. DOI: 10.1063/1.4865916
It was a battle fought in the mountains of southwestern China, where patchy forests sustain the last shreds of the wild giant panda population. All at once, intruders began marching in and helping themselves to the pandas’ food. The incursion happened far from most human eyes, and the pandas that witnessed it likely didn’t know […]The post Pandas v. Horses Fight Goes to Pandas (For Now) appeared first on Inkfish.
Hull, V., Zhang, J., Zhou, S., Huang, J., Viña, A., Liu, W., Tuanmu, M., Li, R., Liu, D., Xu, W. & Huang, Y. (2014). Impact of Livestock on Giant Pandas and their Habitat, Journal for Nature Conservation, DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2014.02.003
To identify the mutations that generated the most relapse-prone leukemia, the scientists competed single cancer cells against each other within a zebrafish.Credit: Jessica Blackburn/Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard stem cell scientists have identified a mutation in human cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia that likely drives relapse. The research, published in Cancer Cell, could translate into improved patient care strategies for this particular blood cancer, which typically affects
Jessica S. Blackburn, Sali Liu, Jayme L. Wilder, Kimberly P. Dobrinski, Riadh Lobbardi, Finola E. Moore, Sarah A. Martinez, Eleanor Y. Chen, Charles Lee, David M. Langenau. (2014). Clonal Evolution Enhances Leukemia-Propagating Cell Frequency in T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia through Akt/mTORC1 Pathway Activation, Cancer Cell, Other: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.01.032
The paper by Michael Benrós and colleagues  talking about an "increased risk of subsequent autoimmune diseases in individuals with schizophrenia" caught my eye recently. Based on a trawl of the records of several thousands of people with "schizophrenia-like psychosis" or "individuals with autoimmune disease" derived from Danish nationwide registers (see here for some background), the authors were able to conclude that "Autoimmune diseases developed subsequently in 3.6% of
Benrós ME, Pedersen MG, Rasmussen H, Eaton WW, Nordentoft M & Mortensen PB (2013). A Nationwide Study on the Risk of Autoimmune Diseases in Individuals With a Personal or a Family History of Schizophrenia and Related Psychosis., The American journal of psychiatry, PMID: 24129899
UChicago biologist Trevor Price and his team discover a new family of birds containing just one species living in Asia.
Alstrom P., Hooper D.M., Liu Y., Olsson U., Mohan D., Gelang M., Le Manh H., Zhao J., Lei F. & Price T.D. & (2014). Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds, Biology Letters, 10 (3) 20131067-20131067. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067