The study of eipigenetic variability in cells and tissues could someday help diagnose diseases more precisely and provide more targeted treatments for chronic ailments. Details, summarized by Brown University researchers and others, are published online in the latest edition of PLoS Genetics.
Brown University researchers have determined that Candida albicans, a human fungal pathogen, pursues both same-sex and the more conventional opposite-sex mating. The findings are published in the August 2009 edition of the journal Nature.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded more than $7 million to the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, renewing funding for another five years. The center is a collaborative effort between the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University, and others.
Researchers at Brown University have discovered that certain types of carbon nanoparticles can be environmentally toxic to adult fruit flies, although they were found to be benign when added to food for larvae. The findings, published online in Environmental Science & Technology, may further reveal the environmental and health dangers of carbon nanoparticles.
The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents Kirsten Hassenfeld: Recent Sculpture, an exhibition of large-scale ornate paper sculptures, from Saturday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.
Michael Frank, of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, has determined that variations of three different genes in the brain can predict whether individuals will make certain choices. His work, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Arizona, will be published in the August 2009 edition of Nature Neuroscience.
Researchers from Brown University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, and the University of Edinburgh say Brazil’s push for inexpensive, low-cost HIV and AIDS treatments has helped contain the virus during the last 20 years. Details will be published in the July/August issue of Health Affairs.
A key constituent in New England salt marshes may be imperiled by global warming, a new study has found. Experiments by Brown University researchers show that warmer temperatures cause a spectrum of plants known as forbs to disappear. Results are published in Ecology Letters.
Two years after two Harvard psychiatrists published a controversial paper on repressed memory, Brown University political scientist Ross Cheit is engaged in an academic dispute over that paper’s integrity and its implications. Cheit’s paper appears in the current issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.
Scientists from Brown University and the University of Cincinnati found that a portion of the brain that handles decision-making also helps decipher different sounds. Details are in the July issue of the journal Psychological Science.
A new report from the Institute of Medicine recommends 100 health topics that need priority attention as the nation sets out to reform and improve the health care system. Constantine Gatsonis of Brown University served on the IOM’s national committee of experts that compiled the June 30 report, Priorities For Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Brown University and Draper Laboratory intend to establish a center to turn promising research discoveries into products that help tackle energy challenges in the United States. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding that represents the first step toward creating a Center for Energy Research.