Science news: Sep 2014

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Long-standing question about embryo development answered

Scientists have discovered how the production of different types of nerve cell and the growth of the spinal cord are coordinated during the development of embryos.
26 September 2014

Protein 'map' could lead to potent new cancer drugs

Insights into how a disease-causing enzyme makes changes to proteins and how it can be stopped.
26 September 2014

Cockayne syndrome study alters treatment research focus

Refuting previous assumptoms, researchers have discovered that a severe genetic disorder is caused by a failure of brain cells to develop correctly.
23 September 2014

Newborns have stronger immunity than first thought

Unexpectedly, scientists have discovered that immune T cells in newborn babies may have the ability to mount a strong defence against bacteria.
21 September 2014

Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

Researchers have identified a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.
17 September 2014

Size matters: immune cells mount different defences against pathogens based on size

Immune cells called neutrophils use large web-like structures to trap and kill large pathogens, while small pathogens are engulfed and killed using a process called phagocytosis.
14 September 2014

Study sheds light on brain cells important for memory formation

A protein crucial for stem cells to form new nerve cells in a part of the brain that produces memories may help lead to ways to stop ageing-related memory deterioration.
03 September 2014