Tag Archives: Gene

Nbea gene: Heading off to get fat

After a point in time some years ago when it was hoped that THE fatmaker gene would be found, scientists now assume that hundreds of genes are involved in the development of excess weight and obesity. One of these genes has now been discovered. more...

New Cancer Therapies: More power to Darwin

What does Charles Darwin's theory have to do with modern cancer research? More than one might think, because malignant cells undergo an evolution in fast motion. Now researchers are trying to reverse the process: Instead of eliminating cancer, control of malignant more...

Take a Break, Sperm

For decades, the pill for men is keeping researchers busy now and every allegedly success message floods the respective women's media as well. Whether dream for women or nightmare for men – two reports from the US bring a new brisk wind to the series about the birth more...

Article by Karin Bäck

Found: The Placebo-Gene

Two new papers about placebos widen the horizon about the "nothing-inside"-pills. One bears witness to the love between physician and placebo. The second one postulates genetic groundwork of the placebo effect – which might have consequences for clinical studies. more...

Article by Philipp Graetzel

Bone-breaking Job for Bio-Researchers

For a long time, bone regeneration materials were considered the "babies" of biotechnology retorts. But orthopedists of the future have to readjust: Bones growing back on special matrices are just as much part of future bone medicine as absorbable bone regeneration more...

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Cancer Therapy: With a little help from the Far East

It was considered a bit freaky for a long time, but most of all, the "dark horse" in classic cancer therapy: Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today the elite of German cancer researchers are discovering the potentials of a culture more than 5000 years old - the DKFZ more...

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Gene Doping – The Lab Cheat

Protests against China just don't seem to stop. The Olympic Games 2008 already seem to become a debacle. And another adversity raises from yet a different direction. Will Peking be the venue of the first gene doping wave? Or is it just fiction? Experts are groping in more...

Article by Karin Bäck

Wound Healing: Babyface in lieu of Scarface

Lash on the throat after a little accident with the sword? Ugly scar after a surgery? Who needs that? Now scientists want to tackle one of the oldest problems of human vulnerability by genetic engineering - and might open up a booming market there. more...

Article by Philipp Graetzel

Cell-Tuning for stuttering Hearts

Deadly cardiac arrythmias are the most feared complication of an acute myocardial infarction. Scientists now succeeded to prevent ventricular tachycardia from mice by embryonic cells. And even better: It worked with genetically pepped-up skeletal muscle cells as well. more...

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When Mutants mingle with Mutants

The term "evolution" trepans into thinking of times long gone: Prehistoric men, stone age and primitive life. Doesn't the modern human stand at the end of this development? To the contrary says an international team of researchers which quantifies the scope of genetic more...

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