Science news: Feb 2013

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Bowel cancers reshuffle chromosomes to cheat treatment

Bowel cancer cells missing one of three genes can rapidly reshuffle their chromosomes, potentially rendering the tumours more resistant to treatment.
28 February 2013

Psychogenic diseases linked to abnormal brain activity

Scientists have found that individuals with psychogenic diseases (physical illnesses that stem from emotional or mental stresses) have brains that function differently to people with organic diseases.
25 February 2013

Injection-free vaccination

Injection-free vaccination technique could address global vaccine challenge for diseases such as HIV and malaria.
19 February 2013

Minimally invasive test provides best alternative to colonoscopy

A new minimally invasive test may offer the best alternative to colonoscopy to diagnose bowel cancer.
14 February 2013

Forming the ‘right’ type of neurons in the brain

The type of nerve cells formed in the brain and spinal cord are determined by levels of a signalling protein called Ascl1.
14 February 2013

Genes for autism and schizophrenia only active in developing brains

Genes linked to autism and schizophrenia are switched on during brain development, according to a collaboration between Imperial, King's and Oxford.
11 February 2013

24 new genes for short-sightedness identified

A worldwide collaboration has found 24 new genes that cause short-sightedness.
10 February 2013

Novel treatment for common childhood viral infection

Scientists have found a new way to treat Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) – a common disease that infects two thirds of babies in their first year.
04 February 2013