A team of researchers is fascinated by the remains of an ancient bird with an unusual feature: Its middle toes are longer than the lower legs. The fossil was recovered from an amber deposit in Myanmar.
Infectious proteins called prions cause a group of related, fatal and incurable neurodegenerative disorders, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy or Mad Cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, both of which affect humans.
Physical activity in early childhood may have an impact on cardiovascular health later in life, according to new research from McMaster University, where scientists followed the activity levels of hundreds of preschoolers over a period of years.
A consortium of researchers led by investigators from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC, the US, have completed the largest analysis of a new gene fusion they believe is responsible for development of a wide spectrum of cancer types.
UCLA researchers led by Dr. Donald Kohn have created a method for modifying blood stem cells to reverse the genetic mutation that causes a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome called IPEX. The gene therapy, which was tested in mice, is similar to the technique Kohn has used to cure patients with another immune disease, severe combined immune deficiency, or SCID, also known as bubble baby disease.