Science news: Mar 2014

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New study finds strong link between obesity and ‘carb breakdown’ gene

Researchers suggest that dietary advice may need to be individually tailored, after finding that people with fewer copies of a gene coding for a carb-digesting enzyme may be at higher risk of obesity.
30 March 2014

Natural killer cell findings should help fight against diseases like leukaemia

Researchers hope that new insights into disease-fighting ‘natural killer’ (NK) cells will lead to ways to artifically generate a greater number of the cells to treat leukaemia and other cancers.
24 March 2014

Helping protein machines in cells form correct 3D structures

A collaboration between the NIMR and LRI sheds light on a molecular ‘chaperone’ that helps multi-protein machines in cells to form the correct three-dimensional shapes.
20 March 2014

Statins slow the progression of advanced multiple sclerosis in clinical trial

Statins may slow the progression of of multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurological condition for which there are currently no treatments that slow the advanced stage of the disease.
19 March 2014

Astronomy and Life Sciences hand in hand

One of the strategies of the Francis Crick Institute is to collaborate creatively, taking a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach. Some recent work that has been facilitated by the Crick ICT team and the astronomy and physics groups at UCL and Durham Universities shows how this is can work in action.
10 March 2014

Spread of antibiotic resistance understood by unravelling bacterial secretion system

Crucial insights into the mechanism that allows the sharing of genetic information, including genes for antibiotic resistance, between bacteria.
10 March 2014

Tracking evolution of ‘mouse HIV’ virus back to dinosaurs

Studying the evolution of retroviruses has given scientists insights into the current human pandemic caused by HIV, a member of the retrovirus family.
06 March 2014

New kind of scan finds cancer's sleeper cells

A new non-invasive imaging technique can detect dormant cancer cells, warning patients and doctors of a potential relapse.
03 March 2014