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Cornell scientists show that ALS is a protein aggregation disease.

Using a technique that illuminates subtle changes in individual proteins, chemistry researchers at Cornell and Scripps Research Institute have uncovered new insight into the underlying causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). … Continue Reading Cornell scientists show that ALS is a protein aggregation disease.

Discovery yields master regulator of toxin production in staph infections.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered an enzyme that regulates production of the toxins that contribute to potentially life-threatening Staphylococcus aureus infections. The study is published in the … Continue Reading Discovery yields master regulator of toxin production in staph infections.

Protein pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize.

‘Master-regulator’ protein which pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize is identified. Unexpected links to Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease also seen. Using an innovative tool that captures heretofore hidden ways that cells are regulated, scientists at Rockefeller University have identified a protein that makes breast cancer cells more likely to metastasize. What’s more, the protein appears to trigger cancer’s spread in part by blocking two other proteins that are normally linked to neurodegeneration, a finding that suggests these two disease processes could have unexpected ties.

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