Science news: Jan 2016

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Estrogens alleviate hyperactivity in zebrafish with autism gene

Estrogen alleviates the sleep disruption experienced by zebrafish genetically designed to help understand the biology of autism spectrum disorder.
28 January 2016

John Diffley wins 2016 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine

John Diffley, Associate Research Director, the Francis Crick Institute, has been awarded the 2016 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine.
19 January 2016

New therapy target for allergic asthma

Discovery of a gene that controls allergic asthma presents a new target to prevent asthma attacks.
18 January 2016

Mouse model helps pinpoint genetic cause of Down syndrome heart defects

Scientists have created a mouse model of the heart defects that occur in Down syndrome during embryonic development.
14 January 2016

Alternatives to antibiotics not a short-term solution to drug-resistant infections

A new report commissioned by the Wellcome Trust assesses whether alternatives to antibiotics could contribute to controlling the rise of drug-resistant infections, one of the greatest global public health threats of our time.
12 January 2016

Biomarker predicts risk of preterm birth

Offering a standard biomarker test earlier in pregnancy could help doctors identify women at risk of giving birth prematurely.
11 January 2016

Scientists measure real rates of change in global gene expression levels for the first time in animal embryos

For the first time in animals, scientists have shown that it is possible to simultaneously measure the expression of all genes by determining absolute numbers of messenger RNAs.
06 January 2016

Flu virus hijacking tactics revealed by scientists

Scientists have discovered how viruses ‘hijack’ our body’s cell machinery in work that may pave the way for better antiviral treatments.
06 January 2016

Maintaining diverse antigen receptors on infection-fighting T cells

How our immune system maintains a diverse range of receptors on our infection-fighting T cells even when cells with particular receptors are replicated in large numbers to fight off a threat.
05 January 2016

Age and immune cell make up may help predict a patient’s response to cancer immunotherapy treatment

Francis Crick Institute scientists have discovered unexpected ways in which age and a particular type of immune cell make-up affect how an individual responds to vaccination, giving us clues as to how we might improve our immune responses to other forms of treatment, for example cancer immunotherapy.
04 January 2016