Science news: Oct 2014

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Mouse virus study may offer HIV insights

New knowledge about a mouse virus from the same family as human HIV may help researchers in their quest for new treatments for HIV/AIDS.
30 October 2014

Research reveals how lymph nodes expand during disease

The same specialised immune cells that patrol the body and spot infections also trigger the expansion of immune organs called lymph nodes.
23 October 2014

Myelin vital for learning new practical skills

Myelin, a fatty substance that insulates the brain's wiring, plays an essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills.
17 October 2014

Protein that protects against cell suicide during normal development could inspire new cancer target

A protein called Schnurri that protects some epithelial cells against cell suicide in fruit flies is also found in humans, with implications for diseases that are caused by a failure to eliminate defective cells.
09 October 2014

Researchers reveal lung cancer can stay hidden for over 20 years

Lung cancers can lie dormant for over 20 years before suddenly turning into an aggressive form of the disease.
09 October 2014

First pictures of BRCA2 protein show how it works to repair DNA

Researchers have, for the first time, taken pictures of the protein produced by the BRCA2 gene, in which mutations are known to increase breast cancer risk.
05 October 2014

Fish oils may prevent some forms of depression

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce rates of depression in people with high levels of inflammation, a group who are at high risk of depression.
03 October 2014

Study finds potential new target to treat asthma attacks brought on by colds

A potential explanation for why the common cold can bring on asthma attacks provides a possible new target for more effective asthma treatments.
02 October 2014