Science news: Jul 2014

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Drug-resistant malaria has spread to critical border regions of South-east Asia

Resistance to artemisinin, the world’s most effective antimalarial drug, is now widespread in South-east Asia.
31 July 2014

New ‘silent but responsive’ cells discovered in part of brain that processes smell

A ‘silent’ population of brain cells in the olfactory network – the part of the brain that processes smell information – may play a key role in engaging local brain cell networks.
27 July 2014

Mouth bacteria invade the gut in liver cirrhosis patients

New research shows that invasion of the gut by mouth bacteria could be responsible for the development of liver cirrhosis
23 July 2014

Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

Two new studies involving UCL scientists show that a rare gene variant called GRM3 is linked to increased risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism.
22 July 2014

New trigger for ovulation could make IVF safer

Scientists have successfully used an injection of the natural hormone kisspeptin, rather than hCG, to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment.
18 July 2014

‘Genetic messages’ between cells herald new way to tackle immune diseases

Scientists have discovered a new form of communication between cells, by sending ‘genetic messages’ in the form of small pieces of RNA.
17 July 2014

Epigenetic study bolsters understanding of Alzheimer's

Scientists have uncovered some of the strongest evidence yet that epigenetic changes in the brain play a role in Alzheimer’s disease.
17 July 2014

Preventing fungal infections in blood

Scientists have uncovered a pathway that underlies natural immunity to fungal sepsis, and pinpointed a target for treatments to boost resistance in at-risk groups.
17 July 2014

Insights into development of different cell types in spinal cord

Different combinations of just a few signals control the type of cells produced in the spinal cord in a developing embryo.
15 July 2014

New asthma target offers hope of more specific treatment

Targeting a micro RNA found only in Th2 immune cells may alleviate asthma symptoms while avoiding the side effects of broad-scale steroids.
14 July 2014

‘World’s slowest Doppler effect’ found in embryo development

Long-term time-lapse microscopy has elicited surprise findings about the rhythm of body segment formation during embryo development.
11 July 2014

Protein phosphatase study brings malaria drug targets a step closer

Scientists searching for new drug and vaccine targets to stop transmission of one of malaria believe they are closer than ever to disrupting the parasite’s life cycle.
09 July 2014

Slow and fast signals in same part of brain controlled independently

Separate circuits of neurons can independently control slow and fast signals within the same part of the brain.
07 July 2014