Science news: Oct 2015

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Targeted therapy for gastric cancer possible

A genomic fingerprint can highlight which breast, ovarian, pancreatic and gastric cancers are likely to respond to treatment
29 October 2015

Genetic trick boosts egg count in mice with low fertility

A genetic trick that restores egg numbers in sub-fertile mice provides a new insight into human infertility.
28 October 2015

Zebrafish embryos show how cells communicate

Work in zebrafish embryos has shed light on signalling between cells in developing embryos.
26 October 2015

3D microscopy technique allows scientists to trace dangerous heart waves

Scientists have applied a pioneering 3D imaging technique to heart cells for the first time, enabling them to trace waves that can cause arrhythmia.
23 October 2015

Gene could hold key to treating Parkinson's disease

A new gene linked to nerve function could provide a treatment target for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
19 October 2015

Extra brain cells make males remember sex

A pair of neurons have been found in the brain of male nematode worms that allow them to remember and seek sex even at the expense of food.
15 October 2015

Malaria escape route reveals new drug target

Malarial parasites need a protein called MSP1 to burst from red blood cells to infect new cells. The discovery, made by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, solves the long-held parasite escape puzzle and so reveals a new anti-malarial drug target.
14 October 2015

Mouse model gives insights into immune cells called dendrites

Researchers have developed a mouse model showing that dendritic cells – which usually help fight cancer – can become cancerous themselves.
12 October 2015

Fat droplets protect stem cells against damage from stress

Research in fruit flies shows how stem cells protect themselves from the damaging side effects of omega3 and omega6 polyunsaturates.
08 October 2015

Live imaging allows researchers to see how stem cells find their niche in bone marrow

Researchers have used live imaging to track human blood stem cells in the bone marrow as they seek out their preferred environment, or niche.
08 October 2015

Crick emeritus scientist Tomas Lindahl is joint winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 has been awarded to Crick emeritus scientist Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for 'mechanistic studies of DNA repair'.
07 October 2015

Crick postdoc wins prestigious Acteria Prize

Chris Schiering, a postdoctoral researcher in Gitta Stockinger’s lab at our Mill Hill Laboratory has won the Acteria Doctoral Prize in Immunology awarded by EFIS.
05 October 2015

Genes that protect African children from developing malaria identified

In the largest genetic association study of malaria to date, researchers have identified DNA variations that protect African children from developing severe malaria.
01 October 2015