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May 18, 2015

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Gene Therapy for Eye Disease Shows Benefits and Limitations

An experimental therapy for an inherited disorder that causes blindness improves vision, but the improvement declines with time. The findings offer insights for future therapies.

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Landscape of Gene Expression in the Human Body

A new resource allows scientists to examine how genomic differences affect gene activity in tissues and organs across the body—and how that activity influences susceptibility to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Neurons firing.

Controlling Brain Circuits in Mice

Researchers developed a tool that can turn specific sets of neurons on and off in mice to affect behavior. The technology can help scientists study mental health and disorders.

May 4, 2015

Ebola Virus.

Lipid Nanoparticle Therapeutic Treats Ebola in Monkeys

A newly designed agent was effective in treating monkeys infected with a deadly Ebola virus strain. The therapy is now being tested in Sierra Leone in people infected with Ebola.

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Devices Assess Cancer Drugs in Tumors

Two devices, developed independently, can gauge how tumors respond to various drugs. With further development, they could help determine ideal individual treatments.

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Structure of a Key Blood Pressure Regulator

Scientists revealed the molecular structure of a key target for blood pressure medications. The findings may aid the development of blood pressure drugs with fewer side effects.

April 27, 2015

Bag of transfusion blood.

Storing Blood Before Transfusion

Among patients undergoing complex cardiac surgeries, a clinical study found no advantage to only transfusing red blood cells stored for shorter periods of time.

Brain image.

Brain Mapping of Language Impairments

Researchers mapped different language impairments to specific brain regions to reveal the basic organization of our language system.

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Drugs Lessen Multiple Sclerosis Damage in Mice

In a mouse study, 2 drugs already on the market activated stem cells and repaired the type of brain damage seen in multiple sclerosis. The finding might lead to novel therapies.

April 20, 2015

HIV-infected immune cells.

HIV Immunotherapy Promising in First Human Study

An experimental antibody significantly reduced HIV levels in infected people for as long as 28 days. The approach might help to combat a wide range of HIV strains.

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Allergy Drug Treats Hepatitis C in Mice

A common over-the-counter allergy drug lowered hepatitis C virus levels in infected mice. The drug is currently being tested in patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Schematic map showing the 4 sites occupied by borrelidin.

Scientists Discover Antibiotic Mechanism

A structural study revealed how an antibiotic called borrelidin stops bacterial growth. The findings may help researchers design improved drugs to fight infections.

April 13, 2015

Ebola virus.

Ebola Vaccine Candidate Promising in Early Study

An experimental Ebola vaccine called VSV-ZEBOV was safe and produced robust antibody responses in all the healthy adults who received it. Itís now being tested in Liberia.

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Tumor DNA in Blood Reveals Lymphoma Progression

Using an advanced genetic test, researchers detected diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in blood before it could be seen on CT scans. The technique could improve disease monitoring.

Beige fat cells.

Insights into Energy-Burning Fat Cells

Researchers identified beige fat cells, which burn energy rather than store it, in humans. The finding may lead to new ways to engineer fat cells to fight obesity.

March 30, 2015

Dendritic cell.

Boosting Immunotherapy Against Brain Cancer

Researchers used a tetanus booster to enhance the effects of an experimental immunotherapy against glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer.

Woman consulting with her doctor.

Interpreting Breast Biopsies

Pathologists asked to interpret a difficult set of breast biopsy slides accurately made most diagnoses, but the results suggest strategies for future improvement.

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How Vitamin D May Affect Heart Disease, Diabetes

Mice with immune cells unable to use vitamin D developed precursors of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The mechanisms uncovered may lead to novel therapies.

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