Science news: Sep 2013

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Discovery of nitrogen source for TB bacteria may lead to new drug targets

MRC scientists have discovered how the bacterium that causes tuberculosis takes up nitrogen, which is a crucial nutrient.
29 September 2013

Scientists closer to universal flu vaccine after pandemic "natural experiment"

Imperial College London researchers are closer to developing a universal flu vaccine after studying why some people in the 2009 pandemic seemed to resist severe illness.
22 September 2013

Embryo insights pave way for muscle and spinal cord stem cell therapies

Frog embryo research explains how muscle and spinal cord are formed from stem cells, opening up possible avenues for the development of stem cell-based treatments.
19 September 2013

Novel gene discovery could lead to new HIV treatments

Scientists have identified a gene that may have the ability to prevent the HIV virus from spreading after it enters the body.
18 September 2013

Chronic inflammation of blood vessels could help explain high childhood mortality in malaria regions

Recurrent episodes of malaria in Malawian children cause chronic inflammation in blood vessels that might predispose people to future infections and may increase susceptibility to cardiovascular disease.
17 September 2013

Tumours can mechanically alter growth of neighbouring tissues

Patches of tissue that grow faster than their neighbours, such as cancer, can stretch the neighbouring cells and affect their growth.
10 September 2013

Bone marrow and stem cell insights to improve cancer treatment

New knowledge about haematopoietic stem cells hoped to lead to more targeted and less toxic leukaemia and bone cancer drugs.
05 September 2013

Scientists find new gene linked to ovarian cancer

The discovery of a gene linked to ovarian cancer could lead to a new way to screen for women who are at increased risk of developing the cancer.
04 September 2013

Psychological effects of genetic testing for risk of weight gain

Testing for a gene associated with obesity risk does not put people off weight loss and may help to reduce self-blame.
04 September 2013

70,000 years of TB infection and evolution

TB infected early humans 70,000 years ago and has evolved with humans to adapt to changing populations, according to new research.
01 September 2013