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Van Andel Research Institute Installs World-Class Microscopes to Enable Discovery of the Molecular Basis of Disease

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Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is now home to one of the world’s most powerful microscopes—one that images life’s building blocks in startling clarity and equips VARI’s growing team of scientists to push the limits of discovery in search of new treatments for diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s.

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Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) , national research training and career development summer program, undergraduate biomedical research training

CHLA Receives $1.3 Million From NIH for Undergraduate Biomedical Research Training Program

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Emil Bogenmann, PhD, EdD, at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, received $1.3 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the NIH to provide biomedical research training to disadvantaged college undergraduates.

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multiple sclerosis, Neurodegenative Disease, Neurodegeneration, Research, Experimental Treatment, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Developmental Cell, Children, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Institutes For Health

MicroRNA Treatment Restores Nerve Insulation, Limb Function in Mice with MS

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Scientists partially re-insulated ravaged nerves in mouse models of multiple sclerosis (MS) and restored limb mobility by treating the animals with a small non-coding RNA called a microRNA. In a study published online March 27 in Developmental Cell, researchers report that treatment with a microRNA called miR-219 restarted production of a substance called myelin that is critical to normal function of the central nervous system.

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Bacteria, Enzymes, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Bioremediation

Enzyme Structures Illuminate Mechanism Behind Bacteria’s Bioremediation Prowess

In a publication in the journal Nature released today (March 27, 2017), scientists from the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have solved the structure of an enzyme caught in the act of attacking toluene — a chemical derived from wood and oil.

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Parkinson, Parkinson Disease, Parkinson Disease Treatment, Parkinson''S, Parkinson's Disease, Parkinson's Treatment, neurologic disease, Neurologic Disorders, neurology and neurotherapeutics , Neurology & Neuroscience and Psychiatry

UNMC Scientists Achieve Research Milestone with Parkinson’s Disease

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In a Phase I clinical study, researchers were able to transform the immune system by taking cells damaged in Parkinson’s disease and making them cells that protect and defend against brain injury.

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Opening Ceremonies, Research, Molecular Biology, Vienna, Vienna Biocenter

New IMP Building: International Research Center Opens in Vienna

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The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) opens its new building: IMP sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim has constructed a new flagship for the Vienna Biocenter, the Life Science cluster in Vienna, with an investment of 52 million euros. Representatives from politics, industry and science celebrated the opening.

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Biology, Evolution, Genetics

Genetics Society of America Honors Richard Lewontin with 2017 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

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The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce that Richard C. Lewontin, PhD is the 2017 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics. This award recognizes Lewontin’s extensive impact on our understanding of evolution, a broad and deep influence that has shaped the field. An unprecedented 160 distinguished biologists co-signed a letter of support to nominate Lewontin for the Morgan Medal. Lewontin is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Emeritus and a Professor of Biology Emeritus in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

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Drug Trial for Solid Cancer Tumors, Lynch Syndrome Awareness, Side Effects for Prostate Cancer Treatments, and More in the Cancer News Source

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Catalysts, CO2, Methanol, Chemistry

Chemists ID Catalytic 'Key' for Converting CO2 to Methanol

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Results from experiments and computational modeling studies that definitively identify the "active site" of a catalyst commonly used for making methanol from CO2 will guide the design of improved catalysts for transforming this pollutant to useful chemicals.

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Biosciences, Imaging, cryo-electron microscopy

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Achieves Unprecedented Resolution Using New Computational Methods

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Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM)—which enables the visualization of viruses, proteins, and other biological structures at the molecular level—is a critical tool used to advance biochemical knowledge. Now Berkeley Lab researchers have extended cryo-EM’s impact further by developing a new computational algorithm instrumental in constructing a 3-D atomic-scale model of bacteriophage P22 for the first time.







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