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  • Birth of new brain cells might erase babiesí memories

    05/09/2014 4:11:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Science News ^ | 5/8/14 | Meghan Rosen
    New neurons may explain why adults canít remember being infants Unlike the proverbial elephants, babies always forget. Infantsí memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests. The findings offer an explanation for why people canít recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery. The studyís authors ďmake a very interesting and compelling case,Ē says neuroscientist and psychiatrist Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute for Mental Health in Bethesda, Md. ďItís just truly fascinating,Ē he says. ďNobody has actually looked at this very carefully before.Ē More than 100 years ago, Sigmund...
  • Stem cells: Living adult tissue transformed back into embryo state

    09/12/2013 12:22:25 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2013 | James Gallagher
    The living tissue inside an animal has been regressed back into an embryonic state for the first time, Spanish researchers say. They believe it could lead to new ways of repairing the body, for example after a heart attack. However, the study published in the journal Nature, showed the technique led to tumours forming in mice. Stem cell experts said it was a "cool" study, but would need to be much more controlled before leading to therapies.
  • Novel Protein CPTP Offers Hope for Treatment of Cancer and Other Diseases

    08/07/2013 7:35:02 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 13 replies
    Sci-News ^ | August 6, 2013 | Sci-News
    The scientists discovered that the ceramide-1 phosphate transport protein (CPTP) regulates levels of biologically active lipids, which are molecules such as fatty acids that often play a role in cell signaling. They found that CPTP's main function is to transport ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P), a lipid that helps regulate cell growth, survival, migration and inflammation. Specifically, C1P increases the production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids ‚Äď powerful signaling molecules that contribute to chronic inflammation in diseases such as cancer, asthma, atherosclerosis and thrombosis ‚Äď and the discovery of CPTP sheds a light on the cellular mechanisms that contribute to these diseases. "We may have...
  • New Method of Killing Cancer Cells Developed

    07/24/2013 9:55:26 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 10 replies
    Sci-News ^ | 2013 July 19 | Sci-News
    Researchers from Canada, France, Germany and the United States reporting in the journal Cell have found a new ground-breaking way of killing cancer cells. Traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy cause damage to healthy cells, and other more targeted treatments are usually only effective for individual types of cancer. Contrastingly, a new potential treatment does not damage healthy cells and could also be used to treat a wide variety of different cancers. "Cancer cells grow and divide much more rapidly than normal cells, meaning they have a much higher demand for and are often starved of, nutrients and oxygen," explained study co-author...
  • Stricter standards sought to curb stem-cell confusion

    07/23/2013 10:00:26 PM PDT · by neverdem
    Nature News ^ | 23 July 2013 | Helen Shen
    Initiative aims to clarify description of mesenchymal cells. Pamela Robey is used to being sent samples by scientists who are anxious to know whether the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) they have extracted from fat can be coaxed to turn into either bone or cartilage. Robey, who directs the Stem Cell Unit at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), is also used to delivering bad news to many of those who seek her help. ďThey usually are not happy,Ē she says, when her attempts to differentiate the cells produce little more than fatty globules. To Robey, that disappointment reflects a...
  • Down's syndrome cells 'fixed' in first step towards chromosome therapy

    07/17/2013 12:14:13 PM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-17-2013 | Ian Sample
    People with Down's syndrome are at greater risk of heart defects, leukaemia and early-onset dementia. Photograph: Getty Images Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome Ė albeit in isolated cells Ė raising the prospect of a radical therapy for the disorder. In an elegant series of experiments, US researchers took cells from people with Down's and silenced the extra chromosome that causes the condition. A treatment based on the work remains a distant hope, but scientists in the field said the feat was the first major step towards a "chromosome therapy" for Down's syndrome....
  • Scavenger cells help limbs to regrow

    05/21/2013 11:35:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    ABC.net.au ^ | 5/21/13 | Clare Pain
    A scavenging immune system cell that helps limbs regrow in salamanders brings hope that humans will one day be able to mimic the animal's amazing regenerative powers, say Australian researchers. The findings by Dr James Godwin, of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, and colleagues, are published in today's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Salamanders (axolotls) are unique amongst vertebrates in being able to repair their hearts, tails, spinal cord and brain, and even regrow whole limbs during adult life, says Godwin. He sees their "perfect regeneration" as a holy grail. "We're trying to...
  • Alligator Stem Cells Offer Hope for Tooth Regeneration in Humans

    05/18/2013 2:08:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    sci-news.com ^ | 5/17/13 | Natali Anderson
    An international team of scientists led by Prof Cheng-Ming Chuong from the University of Southern California has discovered unique cellular and molecular mechanisms behind tooth renewal in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pave the way for tooth regeneration in people. ďHumans naturally only have two sets of teeth Ė baby teeth and adult teeth. Ultimately, we want to identify stem cells that can be used as a resource to stimulate tooth renewal in adult humans who have lost teeth. But, to do that, we must first understand how they renew...
  • Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome

    01/01/2013 10:16:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-12 | Frances D'emilio
    Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday, Dec. 30. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, announcing her death in a statement, called it a great loss "for all of humanity." He praised her as someone who represented "civic conscience, culture and the spirit of research of our time." Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells," a Jew who lived through anti-Semitic discrimination...
  • Scientists Discover Childrenís Cells Living in Mothersí Brains

    12/08/2012 10:05:37 PM PST · by dangus · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Week of 12.4.12 | By Robert Martone
    The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought Scientists Discover Children¬ís Cells Living in Mothers¬í Brains The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought By Robert Martone | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 37 A living connection Image: ock / –ź–Ĺ–į—Ā—ā–į—Ā–ł—Ź –ü–ĺ–Ņ–ĺ–≤–į ADVERTISEMENT The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while...
  • Scientists Discover Childrenís Cells Living in Mothersí Brains

    12/07/2012 1:50:17 PM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Scientific American ^ | December 4, 2012 | Robert Martone
    The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm. The physical connection between mother and fetus is provided by the placenta, an organ, built of cells from both the mother and fetus, which serves as a conduit for the exchange of nutrients, gasses, and wastes. Cells may migrate through the placenta...
  • Signs of ageing halted in the lab

    11/02/2011 3:37:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | November 2, 2011 | James Gallagher
    The onset of wrinkles, muscle wasting and cataracts has been delayed and even eliminated in mice, say researchers in the US.It was done by "flushing out" retired cells that had stopped dividing. They accumulate naturally with age. The scientists believe their findings could eventually "really have an impact" in the care of the elderly. Experts said the results were "fascinating", but should be taken with a bit of caution. The study, published in Nature, focused on what are known as "senescent cells". They stop dividing into new cells and have an important role in preventing tumours from progressing. These cells...
  • 'Stimulated' stem cells stop donor organ rejection

    10/18/2011 3:03:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 10/18/11
    (Medical Xpress) -- Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to stimulate a ratís stem cells after a liver transplant as a means of preventing rejection of the new organ without the need for lifelong immunosuppressant drugs. The need for anti-rejection medicines, which carry serious side effects, is a major obstacle to successful long-term transplant survival in people. With a combination of a very low, short-term dose of an immunosuppressive drug to prevent immediate rejection and four doses of a medication that frees the recipientís stem cells from the bone marrow to seek out and populate the donor organ, the...
  • Companies Stop Using Abortion Cells to Test Artificial Flavors

    03/31/2011 9:51:38 AM PDT · by julieee · 19 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 31, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Companies Stop Using Abortion Cells to Test Artificial Flavors Washington, DC -- Since a pro-life group announced that a biotech firm, Senomyx, is using aborted fetal cell lines to test their artificial flavor enhancers, two companies have announced they have disaffiliated with the firm. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/03/31/companies-stop-using-abortion-cells-to-test-artificial-flavors/
  • Islamist sleeper cells in U.S.--secretly lying in wait

    02/21/2011 11:17:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    The examinier ^ | 2/21/11 | Anthony Martin
    On a tip provided by a concerned American yesterday, information has been discovered indicating a widespread network of radical Islamist sleeper cells in the U.S. that have quietly blended in with communities so as not to arouse suspicion. Evidence indicates that the cells are lying in wait, possibly in order to receive a signal to embark on a simultaneous mission to murder hundreds of citizens. Several pieces of information from several sources indicate a troublesome scenario. First, counter-terrorism experts have noted for years that the nation's borders are so shockingly insecure that terrorists would have relatively little trouble gaining entrance...
  • Functional nerve cells from adult skin cells generated by UConn scientists

    10/19/2010 8:31:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    PhysOrg.com ^ | 10/19/10
    Scientists at the University of Connecticut Health Center have successfully converted stem cells derived from the adult skin cells of four humans into region-specific forebrain, midbrain, and spinal cord neurons (nerve cells) with functions. The research is a key step toward realizing the cellsí potential to treat various neurodegenerative diseases.The UConn team, led by Dr. Ren-He Xu, director of the Health Centerís Stem Cell Core facility, and Dr. Xuejun Li, a neural scientist in the Neuroscience Department, recently published a paper describing how they used cell reprogramming protocols to first transform the adult tissue into "induced pluripotent stem cells" that...
  • Organic Crystal Allows Excitons to Travel Further, Produces More Efficient Plastic Solar Cells

    10/12/2010 10:33:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | October 11, 2010 10:56 AM | Tiffany Kaiser
    Rubrene crystal raises hope for the use of organic semiconductors and cheaper, more efficient solar cells Rutgers University†physicists have†found new properties†within a material that could lead to the production of less expensive and more efficient plastic solar cells. Vitaly Podzorov, co-author of the study and assistant professor of physics at Rutgers University, along with his research team have discovered that organic semiconductors allow energy-carrying particles -- which are created by "packets" of light -- to journey a thousand times farther than researchers previously thought.†"Organic semiconductors are promising for†solar cells and other uses, such as video displays, because they can be...
  • JIHAD CELL SUSPECTED OF TARGETING JEWS, POPE [Nazareth]

    07/18/2010 6:22:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 2+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published July 15, 2010, 16:20/Israel News) | by Hagai Einav
    Note: Photos included. SNIPPET: "Shin Bet arrests eight men from northern city of Nazareth, local council of Yafa an-Naseriyye over weapons offences, discussing possibility of murdering soldiers, Pope Benedict XVI" SNIPPET: "The eight indicted men were identified as Bader Salah, 33, of Yafa an-Naseriyye; Suhil Salah, 26, of Yafa an-Naseriyye; Misara Yaad, 28, of Yafa an-Naseriyye; Abdel Rahman Abu Salim, 19, of Nazareth; Ibrahim Muhammad Abu Aaqab, 27, of Nazareth; Bilal Ubeid, 29, of Yafa an-Naseriyye; and Sabri Narni, 29 of Yafa an-Naseriyye. The ninth defendant, who was a minor when he committed the alleged acts. was not named due...
  • Human Cells Exhibit Foraging Behavior Like Amoebae and Bacteria

    03/13/2010 1:42:24 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 244+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | Mar. 13, 2010
    When cells move about in the body, they follow a complex pattern similar to that which amoebae and bacteria use when searching for food, a team of Vanderbilt researchers has found. The discovery has a practical value for drug development: Incorporating this basic behavior into computer simulations of biological processes that involve cell migration, such as embryo development, bone remodeling, wound healing, infection and tumor growth, should improve the accuracy with which these models can predict the effectiveness of untested therapies for related disorders, the researchers say. "As far as we can tell, this is the first time this type...
  • Sperm wars

    02/14/2010 2:44:39 AM PST · by ImperialistDaddy · 33 replies · 751+ views
    2200 Degrees: Conservative Commentary ^ | 2/14/10 | Douglas Gross
    Sperm cells have the consciousness of mind to make the journey to be born. When the sperm of two males is injected into the same female, they battle against each other to be born. The intelligence of sperm is displayed by their ability to somewhat sense the movements of the sperm of another male and they will even sacrifice themselves to ensure that the sperm cells of the male they came from make it into the female to be born over the sperm of another male.
  • Adult stem cells saved my life

    01/23/2010 12:44:36 PM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Imagine a tragic automobile accident that leaves a young girl a quadriplegic. Imagine a young mother of two who discovers that a disease is ravaging her body and turning her vital organs into stone. Imagine a young baby who is dying from sickle cell anemia. These are haunting images. They capture our minds and rend our hearts. Yet in each case, there is a remarkably happy ending. Simply put, these patients didnít die, but cheated death and disability by receiving adult stem cell transplants. Each of these persons are medical miracles and living proof that adult stem cell treatments are...
  • Vitamin C is key to creating stem cells

    12/24/2009 4:01:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12/24/09 | staff
    Vitamin C could be used to overcome hurdles in creating stem cells for treating human diseases, scientists believe. The vitamin boosts the reprogramming of adult cells to give them the properties of embryonic stem cells. Scientists who made the discovery believe it may help them overcome long-standing problems in creating the reprogrammed cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).
  • Scientists discover natural flu-fighting proteins

    12/17/2009 3:32:36 PM PST · by decimon · 12 replies · 719+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) Ė U.S. researchers have discovered antiviral proteins in cells that naturally fight off influenza infections, a finding that may lead to better ways to make vaccines and protect people against the flu. They said a family of genes act as cell sentries that guard cells from an invading influenza virus, the team reported on Thursday in the journal Cell. "This prevents the virus from even getting into the cell," said Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Investigator at Brigham & Women's Hospital. "It is out there fighting the flu all of the time," Elledge...
  • NIH authorizes use of first human embryonic stem cells under new policy

    12/02/2009 3:05:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 366+ views
    Washingon Post ^ | 12/2/2009 | Rob Stein
    The Obama administration on Wednesday approved the first human embryonic stem cells for experiments by federally funded scientists under a new policy designed to dramatically expand government support for one of the most promising but also most contentious fields of biomedical research. The National Institutes of Health authorized 11 lines of cells produced by scientists at the Children's Hospital in Boston and two lines created by researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York. All were obtained from embryos left over by couples seeking treatment for infertility.
  • Major Step In Making Better Stem Cells From Adult Tissue

    10/19/2009 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Salman · 6 replies · 373+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Oct. 19, 2009 | Science Daily
    A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has developed a method that dramatically improves the efficiency of creating stem cells from human adult tissue, without the use of embryonic cells. The research makes great strides in addressing a major practical challenge in the development of stem-cell-based medicine. The findings were published in an advance, online issue of the journal Nature Methods on October 18, 2009. The new technique, which uses three small drug-like chemicals, is 200 times more efficient and twice as fast as conventional methods for transforming adult human cells into stem cells (in this case...
  • In search of true stem-like cells - Live-cell fluorescence imaging identifies bona fide...

    10/11/2009 6:35:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 674+ views
    Nature News ^ | 11 October 2009 | NA
    Live-cell fluorescence imaging identifies bona fide reprogrammed cells.Fluorescence imaging could help resolve whether iPS cells have been properly programmed.Alamy The next tools for reprogramming cells to an embryonic-like state might just be a camera and a set of fluorescently tagged antibodies. Researchers imaged more than a million human cells in vitro as they changed from skin tissue cells, known as fibroblasts, into colonies of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. As expected, many similar-looking colonies appeared, but only very few consisted of fully reprogrammed iPS cells. After assessing which were which, researchers led by Thorsten Schlaeger and George Daley of the...
  • Haifa scientists successfully 'reprogram' human skin cells into heart cells

    10/01/2009 4:53:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 482+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/1/09 | JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
    Haifa scientists have adapted an innovative Japanese gene-implantation technique and succeeded in "turning back the clock" for human skin cells, reprogramming them into artificial embryonic stem cells and then switching them into heart cells in the lab. Although implementing this clinically to repair damaged human hearts is at least a decade or two away, the Israeli accomplishment can already be utilized for in-depth study of genetic diseases and the development of personalized drugs for inherited disorders, such as those involving irregular heartbeat.
  • H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccines Don't Rely on Cells From Babies Killed in Abortion

    09/21/2009 12:40:12 PM PDT · by julieee · 9 replies · 741+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | September 21, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccines Don't Rely on Cells From Babies Killed in Abortion Washington, DC -- A pro-life group that monitors vaccinations is pleased to report that the new H1N1 swine flu vaccines the federal government will be distributing next month do not rely on cells from babies killed in abortions. Other vaccinations have been condemned for relying on such cells to formulate the vaccines.
  • Creating Cell Parts from Scratch

    03/11/2009 8:10:14 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 10 replies · 598+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 03/10/09 | Emily Singer
    A newly made synthetic ribosome is an important step in the quest to create artificial life forms. By Emily Singer Researchers at Harvard University have built a functional ribosome--the cell's protein-making machine--from scratch, molecule by molecule. The creation represents a significant step toward making artificial life, and it could ultimately fill a major gap in our understanding of the origins of life. But the scientists who made the ribosome are most interested in its industrial applications. They plan to genetically tinker with the molecular machinery so that it can make proteins more efficiently, as well as proteins that are the...
  • Elect Obama, Get Embryonic Stem Cells (Obama puts YOUR tax dollars to work)

    03/09/2009 8:30:09 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 23 replies · 916+ views
    CEH ^ | March 8, 2009
    Elect Obama, Get Embryonic Stem CellsMarch 8, 2009 ó President Obama is about to fulfill one of his campaign promises: lifting restrictions on creating new embryonic stem cell lines (see Fox News).† The question now is, are they really needed?† They have yet to show any successes, while adult stem cells are enjoying an accelerating boom of amazing discoveries that could provide hope for some of mankindís worst disorders. (Note: ESC = embryonic stem cells, ASC = adult stem cells). Muscular dystrophy:† Children and adults plagued by the muscle-wasting malady of muscular dystrophy may now have hope thanks to...
  • Human Stem Cells Created Without Viruses

    03/02/2009 8:57:16 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 1 replies · 241+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 3/2/09 | Emily Singer
    Scientists have overcome a major barrier to human use. Monday, March 02, 2009 By Emily Singer In 2006, Shinya Yamanaka and his colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan reported that they could reprogram mouse skin cells to an embryonic-like state by adding four genes, since dubbed the Yamanaka factors. These cells, called induced pluripotent cells, can be transformed into different types of cells and tissues, and hold promise for studying disease and developing cell replacement therapies. However, scientists inserted the genes using viruses, making the cells unsuitable for human use. Now, for the first time, British and Canadian scientists have...
  • Muslims in America, The Series

    01/28/2009 5:42:41 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 17 replies · 1,041+ views
    Right Side News ^ | January 27, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    Right Side News' first issue of an eight part series written by Kathy Shaidle. excerpt: Today many Americans are either blissfully ignorant of, or simply indifferent to, the slow, incremental growth of radical Islam in their midst. We sometimes hear about terrorist cells or suspicious Muslim "compounds" on the news. However, these stories represent merely the tip of an Islamic iceberg that could very well doom America. Not today or tomorrow. But in our lifetimes? That is a real possibility. And don't shrug off Islam as "just another religion." Muslim sharia law deems women to be inferior to men, and...
  • Models of eel cells suggest electrifying possibilities[Electric Eels]

    10/08/2008 6:05:25 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 351+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | 02 Oct 2008 | Michael Baum
    Engineers long have known that great ideas can be lifted from Mother Nature, but a new paper* by researchers at Yale University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) takes it to a cellular level. Applying modern engineering design tools to one of the basic units of life, they argue that artificial cells could be built that not only replicate the electrical behavior of electric eel cells but in fact improve on them. Artificial versions of the eelís electricity generating cells could be developed as a power source for medical implants and other tiny devices, they say. The...
  • Japanese create stem cells from wisdom teeth

    08/22/2008 9:03:15 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 2 replies · 109+ views
    AFP via Breitbart.com ^ | 08/22/08 | AFP
    Japanese scientists said Friday they had derived stem cells from wisdom teeth, opening another way to study deadly diseases without the ethical controversy of using embryos... (AFP articles cannot be republished)Click here for the article.
  • Scientists stop the ageing process

    08/12/2008 2:16:21 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 75+ views
    ABC/AFP ^ | 11 Aug 2008 | ABC/AFP
    Scientists have stopped the ageing process in an entire organ for the first time, a study released today says. Published in today's online edition of Nature Medicine, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York City also say the older organs function as well as they did when the host animal was younger. The researchers, led by Associate Professor Ana Maria Cuervo, blocked the ageing process in mice livers by stopping the build-up of harmful proteins inside the organ's cells. As people age their cells become less efficient at getting rid of damaged protein...
  • Hezbollah Poised to Strike? Officials Say "Sleeper Cells" Activated in Canada

    06/19/2008 12:45:24 PM PDT · by MaestroLC · 37 replies · 157+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 19, 2008 | RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS
    Intelligence agencies in the United States and Canada are warning of mounting signs that Hezbollah, backed by Iran, is poised to mount a terror attack against "Jewish targets" somewhere outside the Middle East. Intelligence officials tell ABC News the group has activated suspected "sleeper cells" in Canada and key operatives have been tracked moving outside the group's Lebanon base to Canada, Europe and Africa. Officials say Hezbollah is seeking revenge for the February assassination of Hezbollah's military commander, Imad Mugniyah, killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria. The group's leaders blamed Israel, an allegation denied by Israeli officials. There...
  • Mothers And Offspring Can Share Cells Throughout Life

    05/04/2008 8:45:26 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 163+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-5-2008 | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
    Mothers And Offspring Can Share Cells Throughout Life ScienceDaily (May 5, 2008) ó Cutting the umbilical cord doesnít necessarily sever the physical link between mother and child. Many cells pass back and forth between the mother and fetus during pregnancy and can be detected in the tissues and organs of both even decades later. This mixing of cells from two genetically distinct individuals is called microchimerism. The phenomenon is the focus of an increasing number of scientists who wonder what role these cells play in the body. A potentially significant one, it turns out. Research implicates that maternal and fetal...
  • Hybrid cells - monsters or miracles?[UK]

    03/28/2008 9:24:19 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 264+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 24 Mar 2008 | MICHAEL HOWIE
    The Embryology Bill has provoked a bitter split between religion and science THE cries of a baby were the only other sounds to be heard as Cardinal Keith O'Brien delivered his Easter Sunday sermon to a packed St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh yesterday. It was perhaps a fitting interruption as Scotland's most senior Catholic clergyman delivered his much-trailed blast at the government's controversial embryo research legislation. Accusing Prime Minister Gordon Brown of "an unprecedented attack on the sanctity and dignity of human life", he warned that the research could lead to the creation of hybrid babies and experiments of "Frankenstein...
  • Tiny Living Machines[Tissue to power implantable Robots]

    01/29/2008 7:37:58 PM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 240+ views
    Technology Review ^ | January/February 2008 | Kevin Bullis
    Devices made of heart tissue could screen drug candidates and be used to power implantable robots. In a fourth-floor lab at Harvard University, Adam Feinberg is peering through a low-magnification microscope and using a scalpel to cut out triangles and rectangles from a thin polymer. What's impossible to see with the naked eye is a one-cell-thick layer of heart tissue coating each shape. When Feinberg connects the petri dish holding the triangles and rectangles to a pacemaker, the tissue begins to rhythmically contract, and the shapes come alive--twisting, pinching, and even swimming through a solution. The pieces of "muscular thin...
  • Coalition Forces Target al-Qaida Media Cells, 24 Detained

    11/25/2007 9:47:04 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 159+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Multi-National Force Ė Iraq Press Desk
    BAGHDAD ó Coalition forces detained (24) suspects Sunday during operations targeting al-Qaida networks in central and northern Iraq. Coalition forces captured a wanted individual during operations north of Samarra. The wanted individual is believed to be involved in al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) media networks and was involved in attacks against Coalition forces. In addition to the wanted individual, Coalition forces detained three suspects without incident. During other operations in Samarra, Coalition force detained (11) suspects during operations targeting al-Qaidaís courier and media networks, as well as weapons facilitators and associates of senior terrorist leaders. During operations in Baghdad, Coalition forces...
  • A horror movie come to life

    06/20/2007 8:52:46 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 49 replies · 2,796+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | June 20, 2007 | Sean Robinson
    A horror movie come to lifeThree Fircrest families receive death threats via cell phone. Even when the phones are off. Even when they get new phones. SEAN ROBINSON; The News Tribune Published: June 20th, 2007 06:15 AM Enlarge image Alison Yin/The News TribuneHeather Kuykendall and her daughter, Courtney, 16, display the cell phones theyíve abandoned in an attempt to cut off a stream of threatening messages from mysterious harassers. Courtney started receiving the calls in February. Other families have gotten them, too. Investigators suspect itís an elaborate hoax. Maybe itís just a long-running prank, but the reign of terror endured...
  • Stem cells could spell end for diabetes jabs

    04/11/2007 6:59:10 AM PDT · by bedolido · 13 replies · 586+ views
    thisislondon.co.uk ^ | 4-10-2007 | staff writer
    Hopes have been raised of a new treatment to free thousands of diabetes sufferers from the burden of daily insulin injections. Scientists revealed findings of a study which shows that 15 young patients with type one diabetes overcame their dependence on insulin after being treated with their own stem cells
  • America Supports You: AT&T Connects with Cell Phones for Soldiers (AT&T Cares! Helps Teens Who Care)

    04/04/2007 4:43:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 189+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2007 Ė Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, respectively 16 and 15, got a pleasant surprise recently when telecommunications giant AT&T responded to their request for help and agreed to support Cell Phones for Soldiers, their troop-support organization. ďI actually e-mailed AT&T directly and explained our need for phone cards and what Robbie and I have been doing to support the troops, and I received a response,Ē Brittany said. ďAT&T/Cingular has recognized what Robbie and I have started and have offered to help, which is amazing because they are such a big corporation.Ē The company is providing the...
  • Silicone fibers contain living human brain cells

    11/27/2006 1:07:05 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 36 replies · 1,172+ views
    In a feat once as unlikely as the miller's daughter of fairytale fame spinning straw into gold, scientists in the United Kingdom have spun fine threads of biocompatible silicone that contain living human brain cells. The cells remained alive and capable of growth afterward, they say. "This has far-reaching implications and will enable significant advances to be made in technologies ranging from tissue engineering to regenerative medicine," Suwan N. Jayasinghe and Andrea Townsend-Nicholson state in their report. It appeared Nov. 13 in ACS' Biomacromolecules, a bimonthly journal. "The ability to electrospin biologically active threads and scaffolds of living organisms will...
  • Scottish Mineral Water 'Kills Cancer Cells' (Scientists Agree)

    09/13/2006 4:50:16 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 1,518+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-13-2006 | Auslan Cramb
    Scottish mineral water 'kills cancer cells' By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent (Filed: 13/09/2006) The water of life Ė or ďuisge beathaĒ in Gaelic - is a euphemism for whisky, but another Highland drink has been shown to have a more valid claim to the title. The water, sourced from near Balmoral Castle, has been said to possess healing qualities since 1760 A mineral water taken from wells near the Queenís Balmoral Castle can help to slow the spread of cancer, according to scientists. Tests on Deeside Mineral Water suggest that it inhibits the growth of certain cancerous cells and kills...
  • Airline Bomb Plot: FR Thread Roundup

    08/12/2006 2:21:32 AM PDT · by Rte66 · 59 replies · 1,987+ views
    FReeRepublic ^ | 8/9-8/12/2006 | All of FR
    This is a compilation reference thread with links to all stories and topics posted on FRee Republic since Wednesday night, 8/9/2006, through today, Saturday, 8/12/2006 concerning the failed bomb plot discovered and quashed by authorities in London, directed towards airline flights from the UK to the US.
  • Police Hunt 'Two Dozen' Terror Cells In Britain

    08/12/2006 6:35:30 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 725+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-13-2006 | Antony Barett
    Police hunt 'two dozen' terror cells in Britain ∑ Direct link to 7 July atrocity, says Pakistan∑ BA chief attacks airport chaos Jamie Doward, Ned Temko, Mark Townsend, Urmee Khan and Antony Barnett Sunday August 13, 2006 The Observer (UK) The full extent of the terror threat facing Britain became apparent last night as security sources revealed that 'up to two dozen' terror investigations were operating across the country and that a number of suspects associated with last week's plot to bring down 10 airliners remained at large. Pakistani intelligence sources alleged that one of the men arrested in connection...
  • Israel diplomats warned over Hizbollah 'sleepers'

    07/24/2006 6:07:48 PM PDT · by Alouette · 2 replies · 380+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 24, 2006 | Dan Williams
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has put its diplomatic missions abroad on high alert for possible attacks by Hizbollah or local Muslims angered by Israel's offensive against the Lebanese guerrilla group, security sources said on Monday. Several other countries including Brazil -- home to the largest overseas Lebanese community -- the United States and Canada said they had tight security checks in place to reduce the threat of Hizbollah agents slipping in amid an exodus of evacuees pouring out of Lebanon to escape the fighting. A senior source from a Western nation taking in refugees confirmed that such "sleeper agents" were...
  • Syria 'to come clean' on al-Qaeda cells

    07/23/2006 12:53:44 PM PDT · by cdnerds · 48 replies · 2,044+ views
    News.com.au ^ | news.com.au
    Sky News said they had spoken to Syrian cabinet minister Amr Salem. "Syria has real hard knowledge," the channel quoted him as saying. A Sky News correspondent said the Syrians were offering to tell the US where many fundamentalists were. He said the channel was told specifically there were cells of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network in Lebanon, and Syria knew of their whereabouts. Since Syrian troops pulled out of Lebanon last year, the cells have grown, he said. "We know where they are and we can tell you," the correspondent said Sky News was told Syria was...
  • Self-Cooling Soda Bottles? [thin-film technology may make conventional A/C obsolete]

    07/11/2006 3:21:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies · 1,383+ views
    Researchers work to shrink technology that harnesses sun's energy to both heat and coolEvery day, the sun bathes the planet in energy--free of charge--yet few systems can take advantage of that source for both heating and cooling. Now, researchers are making progress on a thin-film technology that adheres both solar cells and heat pumps onto surfaces, ultimately turning walls, windows, and maybe even soda bottles into climate control systems. On July 12, 2006, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researcher Steven Van Dessel and his colleagues will announce their most recent progress--including a computer model to help them simulate the climate within...