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Gene therapy is the isolation of a gene, which is then packaged into a vector for introduction into the body in hopes that it can correct some aspect of genetic disease. Often this “vector” is a type of virus which had been specifically engineered to be safer than its original version. This usually involves removing…

Knit Me a Teratoma

Call me an old-fashioned granny, but I do love knitting. I’m not very good (getting better), and what I can knit is limited to hats, mittens, scarves, and the obligatory pot holder. So I think that knitting this complicated and grotesque teratoma is still a bit beyond my skill level……wait!?! A teratoma…..knitted?! Yes, its true,…

The Reason For Rosecea Solved

If you aren’t personally affected by the skin condition rosacea, you might not even know what it is. However, it affects over 45 million people worldwide, mostly fair-skinned people of European descent. At first, it is characterized by blotchy flushing on the face/neck regions, but eventually causes semi-permanent redness, dialation of blood vessels in the…

Who ever said there’s no fortune and glory in science? I just got wind of several multi-million dollar prizes for scientists who tackle some tough questions: called X-Prizes. What is an X PRIZE? An X PRIZE is a multi-million dollar award given to the first team to achieve a specific goal, set by the X…

Basic Concepts: Prions

We’ve all heard of Mad Cow disease (bovine spongiform encephaly) in the media. A few years back it was as big a sensation as bird flu and twice as scary. The colloquial understanding of the disease was poor: what it was, how humans (or cows) could get it, what should be done to curb its…

In the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, U-M researcher Liangyou Rui, Ph.D. and his team report their findings on a protein called SH2B1, a protein in brain cells may act as a linchpin in the body’s weight-regulating system. It seems to play a key role in signaling in regards to fat storage,…

Poor gorillas. At least they have an excuse not to believe in evolution, however crappily it might impact their lives. Recent outbreaks of Ebola among people in Africa also killed thousands of gorillas, animals already threatened by hunting, a new study reports. Outbreaks in Congo and Gabon in 2002 and 2003 killed as many as…