FSU biologist uses genome database to investigate cancer cells

Florida State University Professor of Biological Science David Gilbert is using the latest information about the human genome as a guide to better understand cancer. Gilbert and his FSU colleagues were part of a team that compared different cancer cell types to a database of normal human cells using a new method he developed that…

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Young innovative scientists receive Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Research awards

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named two outstanding young scientists as recipients of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award, committing nearly $500,000 to help address a critical shortage of funding for pediatric cancer research. The Fellowship Award provides funding to basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly…

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Talbot helps ID muscle gene that, when altered, causes joint disease

Jared Talbot is part of a 32-member international research team that identified a gene that, when altered, can cause bent fingers and toes, clubfoot, scoliosis, and short stature.    The team discovered that partial loss of the protein coding gene MYLPF (myosin light chain, phosphorylatable, fast skeletal muscle) results in a disorder called distal arthrogryposis…

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Pimavanserin reduced symptoms of dementia-related psychosis in phase 3 trial

A large-scale trial has found a treatment with pimavanserin substantially reduced psychotic symptoms and reduced risk of relapse of those symptoms compared to placebo in people with dementia, a condition for which no treatments are currently licensed. New data presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference indicates that pimavanserin leads to a robust reduction…

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Clinical trial tests oral cancer drug to combat respiratory symptoms of COVID-19

COLUMBUS — Researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC — James) and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are conducting a new clinical trial to determine if an oral cancer drug called ibrutinib can also help patients with cancer…

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Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Test in Monkeys Shows Promise

Monkeys given the Moderna coronavirus vaccine and then deliberately infected were able to fight off the virus, quickly clearing it from their lungs, researchers reported on Tuesday. The findings do not guarantee that the vaccine will perform the same way in people, but the results are considered encouraging and a milestone in the struggle against…

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What Does It Mean to ‘Look Like a Mom’?

When Bev Barnum, a 35-year-old self-described “suburban wife and mother of two,” first sent out the Facebook call for a “wall of moms” to help protect protesters in Portland, Ore., against federal troops, she included one stipulation. “I wanted us to look like moms,” she told The New York Times earlier this week. “Because who…

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Reese Schonfeld, a Founder of CNN and Food Network, Dies at 88

Reese Schonfeld, who founded the Cable News Network with Ted Turner in the early 1980s before developing another major cable channel, the Food Network, a decade later, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. His daughter Juliette Schonfeld Reverand said the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Schonfeld, who had…

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Kokomo, With a Caribbean-Influenced Menu, Opens

Headliner Kokomo “Pan-Caribbean with Indian and Asian flavors” is how Ria Graham describes the food at the new spot she owns with her husband, Kevol Graham, and her mother, Karen Valentine, who helps run the place. Both Grahams have experience in the hospitality business. The chef, Christian Aranibar, is from Lima, Peru, but became familiar…

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The Coronavirus Could Dodge Some Treatments, Study Suggests

In a laboratory in New York City, researchers coaxed a key piece of the coronavirus — its infamous outer “spike” — to mutate so that it became invisible to disease-fighting antibodies, according to a new study that has not yet been published in a scientific journal. The provocative finding should not set off alarm bells,…

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