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Chemical Helps Blind Mice See Again | Wired Science | Wired.com

Chemical Helps Blind Mice See Again | Wired Science | Wired.com | this curious life | Scoop.it
Injections of a recently discovered chemical into the eyes of blind lab mice has restored at least part of the rodents' vision.
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Researchers stumble upon male pill breakthrough - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Researchers stumble upon male pill breakthrough - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
Researchers stumble upon a compound that may finally lead to a birth control pill for men.

 

A lab which focuses on developing new drugs to undermine the molecular memory of cancer cells that tell them to divide found that those memory markers are distributed throughout the genome, the DNA that makes up a person's genetic code, and this has been likened to post-it notes that give cells instructions.

 

The team at the lab was experimenting with a compound developed in Dr Bradner's lab called JQ1, which was originally synthesised at Dana-Farber to block BRD4, a cancer-causing gene.

 

They discovered that it appears to target a protein specific to the testes called BRDT that instructs sperm to mature.

 

The compound does not appear to do damage to sperm-making cells, but they forget how to create mature sperm while under the influence of the drug.

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Skin cancer detection breakthrough

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Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital have pinpointed when seemingly innocuous skin pigment cells mutate into melanoma.

 

'Because cancer is traditionally regarded as a genetic disease involving permanent defects that directly affect the DNA sequence, this new finding of a potentially reversible abnormality that surrounds the DNA (thus termed “epigenetic”) is a hot topic in cancer research, according to the researchers.'

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