Science news: May 2013

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Selective inhibitor of known cancer-associated protein found

The discovery of the first effective chemical inhibitor of a known cancer-causing protein without affecting closely related proteins from the same family.
31 May 2013

Mosquito transmission plays key role in malaria severity

Transmission of the malaria parasite via the mosquito regulates its ability to cause disease and therefore affects the severity of the disease.
29 May 2013

Targeting the non-cancerous cells in cancer tumours

Scientists have found out more about some of the non-cancerous cells that make up tumours, which may open up new avenues for cancer treatment.
26 May 2013

Promising new target for melanoma treatment

Researchers studying a molecular pathway that’s implicated in cancer have discovered a promising new treatment target for certain types of cancer, particularly melanomas.
23 May 2013

Premature birth interrupts brain development

Imaging technique shows premature birth interrupts vital brain development processes, leading to reduced cognitive abilities in infants.
21 May 2013

Estimates reveal low population immunity to new bird flu virus H7N9 in humans

The first population-level study to examine human immunity to the H7N9 bird flu virus has found a very low level of immunity in both rural and urban populations in Vietnam.
21 May 2013

Receptor proteins could hold clues to antibiotic resistance in MRSA

The discovery of four new proteins that act as receptors for an essential signalling molecule in bacteria such as MRSA, which is hoped to provide clues in the hunt for new antibiotics.
13 May 2013

Insights into malaria release from host cells may lead to new treatment approaches

Scientists have identified components of a signalling pathway that leads to release of the malaria parasite from infected human red blood cells, which may lead to new approaches to treating malaria.
09 May 2013

Early predictors of disease progression in Huntington's disease

A set of tests could help identify whether Huntington’s disease is progressing in people who are not yet showing symptoms, and could be used to assess whether potential treatments are slowing the disease.
09 May 2013