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Oncogene identified as a therapeutic target for liver cancer
August 22, 2019 -- The function of an enzyme that is highly expressed in many cancers has been revealed to regulate key pathways in cancer metabolic adaptation. Researchers at the Georgia Cancer Center and Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University published their findings in Hepatology.  Discuss
New drug target identified for common brain cancer
August 21, 2019 -- Research led by the Cleveland Clinic has identified a potential new therapy in the treatment of glioblastoma. An article published in Cancer Discovery on August 21, identifies FGF2 (fibroblast growth factor 2), as a novel drug target for glioblastoma, the most common primary malignant brain tumor.  Discuss
Genomic and microbial analyses reveal microbe independently degrades oil to gas
August 20, 2019 -- Methanoliparia, an archaea found in deep within oil reservoirs, may degrade oil to methane all by itself. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany and the MARUM, Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences provide genomic and microbial evidence of Methanoliparia’s ability to transform long-chain hydrocarbons to methane. The results were published in mBio on August, 20.  Discuss
Biologically active molecules in coal are found to have antiviral properties against tick-borne encephalitis
August 19, 2019 -- Scientists from Russia demonstrated in a Scientific Reports article published on August 19, that biologically active molecular components of substances extracted from coal, humic substances, have antiviral properties. A novel approach to identify these molecules determined that these molecules inhibit the reproduction of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), which causes clinically relevant human viral infectious disease.  Discuss
Super-resolution using standard optical microscopes now possible with the aid of upconversion nanoparticles
August 16, 2019 -- Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) in Australia have found an innovative way to utilize standard laboratory optical imaging equipment to bypass diffraction limitations and achieve super-resolution. Results published in Nature Communications on August 16 provide methodology and theoretical framework for end-users to achieve super-resolution in their own laboratories.  Discuss
Top scientists ousted – potential impacts on mistrust of scientists in the US
August 15, 2019 -- Novartis dismissed the top two scientists at its gene therapy division shortly after CEO, Vas Narasimhan, learned of internal data falsification. This controversy comes at a time of high public trust in science and threatens to break that trust with scandals and safety concerns.  Discuss
The Parkinson’s Foundation launches large-scale genetic study, aiming to improve patient care and speed clinical trials
August 14, 2019 -- More than 10 million people worldwide are currently living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder that impacts the dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. Scientists do not know exactly what causes PD, but they believe it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Nearly 10% to 15% of all PD cases are caused by genetic mutations. A new study aims to understand how the disease develops and how it can be treated or cured. This study, PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease is currently being conducted by the Parkinson’s Foundation.  Discuss
Detecting HPV in women is improved with the aid of a new molecular approach
August 12, 2019 -- A new technique called HPV RNA-Seq can provide a second-line test in HPV-positive patients to reduce unnecessary colposcopies and even be used as a two-in-one test combining HPV typing with triage capabilities. Researchers from Institut Pasteur and the Pathogen Discovery Laboratory in Paris, France published their findings in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics on August 12, 2019.  Discuss
Large-scale analysis of microbiome reveals new classes of small proteins with implications in drug discovery
August 9, 2019 -- Trillion of bacteria reside within our bodies, and scientists are just scratching the surface of understanding the microbiome. Researchers at Stanford School of Medicine have shed light on previously unidentified proteins that may have an important role in human health and advance drug development.  Discuss
Thermally stable TB vaccine may now be possible thanks to an innovative new process
August 8, 2019 -- Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a process that protects vaccines from heat damage by trapping them in silica cages. The results were published in Scientific Reports on August 8, 2019. Using a leading candidate in the development on new vaccines, Ag85b in conjunction with adjuvant Sbi-Ag85b, thermal stability of tested using a novel process called ensilication.  Discuss
A novel approach to using CRISPR: curing cystic fibrosis
August 7, 2019 -- Researchers are finding innovative ways to utilize CRISPR technology to permanently cure diseases, in this case, cystic fibrosis. A collaboration between the University of Trento in Italy and KU Leuven in Belgium, funded by Fondazione ricerca fibrosi cistica led to the publication of a new study in Nature Communications on August 7, 2019.  Discuss
New immunotherapy moves further into clinical testing with promising results
August 6, 2019 -- Success in international clinical trials leads to U.S. based research organizations beginning phase I/II clinical trials. If this form of immunotherapy is successful and deemed safe, then it could save the lives of liver cancer patients across the world.  Discuss
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