In order for gene therapy to be effective, doctors must discern how to deliver DNA to a cell’s nucleus. Medical Center researchers are embarking on a study to unravel this roadblock to new treatments for diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
A new study out today in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that traumatic brain injury can disrupt the function of the brain’s waste removal system. When this occurs, toxic proteins may accumulate in the brain, setting the stage for the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
“Simulated molecular clouds are beautiful, intricate, and ever-changing — properties that make them ideal candidates for high-powered visualization,” wrote PhD student Erica Kaminski about her award-winning images.
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare brain disease found in patients with compromised immune systems. Until now, it has been almost impossible to track the disease or test treatments. But a new model developed at the Medical Center allows researchers to study the disease in mouse brains that contain both animal neurons and human glia cells.
How long can a technological civilization last? Will human-caused climate change or species extinctions threaten its collapse or can industrial development continue without restrictions? In a new paper, two astrophysicists argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically.
A new Medical Center study showed that babies with congenital human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) scored several points lower than those without the infection. Scores for the infected babies were similar to those exposed to lead or cocaine in the womb.
Physicians know what a healthy human lung looks like, but have never before created a comprehensive map that specifically measures lung development from birth through childhood. Now Medical Center researchers have launched five-year effort to develop such a map, and have received $6.1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.