Science news: Feb 2015

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Leukaemia-associated mutations almost inevitable as we age

It is almost inevitable that we will develop genetic mutations associated with leukaemia as we age, according to new research.
26 February 2015

Wide implications from discovery of enzyme that dampens an important class of signalling proteins

Researchers have discovered an enzyme that dampens the activity of Wnt proteins, a class of signalling proteins with functions in embryonic development, cell regeneration and stem cell maintenance.
25 February 2015

Malaria research opens up new avenues for vaccine research

In research that changes how we think about malaria immunity, scientists have discovered that protective immunity to the parasite is not lifecycle-specific.
25 February 2015

How does our skin know to grow when it’s being stretched?

New research offers a possible explanation for how human tissues such as skin grow in response to stretching forces.
23 February 2015

Eating peanut at an early age prevents peanut allergy in high-risk infants

Eating peanut frequently and starting before 11 months of age can protect most children at high risk of developing peanut allergy, according to new research led by King’s College London.
23 February 2015

Epigenetic study highlights drug targets for allergies and asthma

A study led has identified over 30 genes that predispose people to allergic diseases and asthma and could lead to new treatments for these conditions.
18 February 2015

Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machinery

Viruses entrust their most fundamental function – reproduction – to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability.
12 February 2015

Brain’s GPS system influenced by shape of environment

Patterns created by the brain’s grid cells are modified by the shape of the environment, according to new research, and aren’t a universal metric for the brain’s GPS system to measure distance as previously thought.
12 February 2015