Science Market Update

Algae To The Rescue

Posted by David Larsen on Fri, Nov 07, 2014


Could algae hold the energy answers to our fuel depleted world?

In today's world, energy reserves are being depleted gallon by gallon at an astounding rate. Thanks to the advances of technology and highly funded research we might be able to harness the underutilized power of algae.

  • Half of algae's composition, by weight, is lipid oil
  • Algae yields around 8,000 gallons of biofuel per acre per year as opposed to corn biofuel at 420 gallons
  • Depending on the species, algae can grow in freshwater and saltwater, and in the future could be used to treat wastewater.  
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Breast Cancer Research at U. Texas Finds Treatment for Recurrence

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Nov 04, 2014

Researchers and fundraisers alike are passionate about finding innovative, new and more effective treatments for breast cancer in women. Breast cancer forms in the tissue of the breast, and the most common form is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts. In 2014, 232,670 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, while the death rate for 2014 was 40,000 women.

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Resurrection of 700 Year Old Virus Just in Time for Halloween

Posted by David Larsen on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Researchers have uncovered a pair of 700 year old viral sequences trapped in frozen caribou dung. Then they infected living plants with the DNA virus, what could go wrong? This discovery gives rise to an alarming possibility that global warming can bring other dead infectious viruses back to life. Sounds like the makings of a zombie apocalypse.

So the big question is, why would anyone do something so seemingly crazy? Scientists don’t know much about how viruses evolve and understanding the structure of ancient viruses would increase knowledge of virus evolution. However, scientists have sequenced only a small number of ancient viruses.

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UA Tucson Receives $1.59 Million for Lymphoma Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, occurs when white blood cells begin behaving abnormally, and do not properly protect the body from infections and diseases. There are two main types of lymphoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and although between 30 and 60 percent of patients with lymphoma can be cured through different treatment methods like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, there are still problems with lymphoma being resistant to some drugs used. The National Cancer Institute, part of the NIH, recently awarded the University of Arizona Tucson a 5-year, $1.59 million life science grant to study methods of combating drug resistance in lymphoma treatments.

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UCSD Life Science Researchers Uncover the Benefits of Free Radicals

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

To many people, antioxidants are simply thought of as a good thing to consume, even if the reason why is not clear.  A new study from the University of California, San Diego, shows that an overdose of antioxidants can actually inhibit the healing process.

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Life Science Researchers at U. Utah Discover Leukemia Gene Mutation

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Leukemia is a cancer that’s unusual in that it begins in the bone marrow and invades the blood. The most prominent treatment options – drugs called tyrosine kinase inhibitors – have allowed for a 95 percent survival rate over the past five years and also allow leukemia patients to lead relatively normal lives.

"Fortunately, the problems we are studying affect a minority of chronic myeloid leukemia patients, but still, this leaves some patients with no good treatment option at all," said lead author and University of Utah life science researcher Dr. Thomas O'Hare. "Our goal is to have a tyrosine kinase inhibitor option for every patient."

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Science Researchers at Texas A&M Investigate Collagen Fractals

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

When most people think of collagen, they think of beauty-conscious women who receive injections to appear more youthful. When life science researchers think of collagen, however, they conceive it as an abundant protein in the human body and associate it with connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, skin, corneas, cartilage, bones, blood vessels and teeth. Texas A & M University researchers are conducting analytical lab investigations to discover how collagen fibrils assemble into well-organized networks on surfaces.

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U. Alabama Analytical Lab Study Shows Lipid Count Impacts Parkinson’s

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Fri, Sep 19, 2014

With fundraising campaigns such as the ALS ice bucket challenge in the news, diseases of the nervous system have recently received a great deal of attention from both the media and life science researchers. Parkinson’s disease in particular has been the subject of a recent study at the University of Alabama. Scientists at the university discovered that the deficiency of a type of lipid that naturally declines as the brain ages leads to increases in a protein associated with Parkinson’s disease.

 “This gets right to the heart of understanding, possibly, the mechanism by which one form of lipid is impacting the process of neuron degeneration,” said Dr. Guy Caldwell, UA professor of biological sciences and one of the study’s co-authors.

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New Research Facility for Grain Studies at WSU Pullman Gets $5M Grant

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Washington State University, Pullman is home to one of the top plant science research departments in the country. Plant science research is a pressing issue for today’s scientists because it affects how we respond to climate change, helps us grow enough food and protects food from pests and pathogens. It’s exciting for both WSU researchers and interested readers alike, then, that the Washington Grain Commission announced they will give $5 million in life science funding towards a new research facility expansion that will advance grain studies at Washington State University, Pullman.

“When the Washington Grain Commission asked researchers at WSU what they felt the biggest limiting factor for moving their research forward was, they told us they needed more greenhouse space,” said Washington Grain Commission Chairman Steve Claassen. “This will be a huge benefit to Washington grain growers as they will be able to plant improved varieties of wheat and barley and they will be available sooner.”

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Regenerating Ribs with Stem Cells at USC

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

In Science Market Update articles alone, we have seen the power of stem cells applied to restoring eye function and to repairing the brain at UW Madison. Not to be outdone, the University of Southern California is adding to the list of stem cell applications with its new study into repairing skeletal structures, in particular the ribs.

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