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Researchers Discover A New Mechanism of Proteins to Block HIV

Certain IFITM proteins block and inhibit cell-to-cell transmission of HIV Sept. 25, 2015 By Sheena Rice COLUMBIA, Mo. – There is little doubt that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is devastating. More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and more than 47,000 people are diagnosed annually. Now, University of

September 25th, 2015|Categories: Around The State, HIV|Tags: , , |

The CRISPR Revolution at MU

By Caleb O’Brien | MU Bond Life Sciences Center August 19, 2015 James Amos-Landgraf needed a pig. The assistant professor of comparative medicine and genetics at the University of Missouri had joined forces with a startup company developing a tool to detect early colon cancer-causing lesions. They already tried out a rat-sized model, but still

The Curious Case of Inflammation: One Lab’s Mission to Put the Pieces Together

White coat, dark room. Jean Camden, a senior technician in the Weisman lab, reviews salivary gland and brain tissue samples for research on inflammation. | Photo by Paige Blankenbuehler, Bond LSCBy Paige Blankenbuehler | MU Bond Life Sciences Center There’s a criminal on the loose, striking every day. Millions fall victim, but there’s still no way

MU Researcher Develops and Proves Effectiveness of New Drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

University of Missouri, by Sarah Clinton ~ July 31, 2014 COLUMBIA, Mo. – According to recent studies, approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States is a carrier of the gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken over time. Now, researchers at the University

Researchers Flex New Muscle in SMA Drug Development

July 16, 2014 By Paige Blankenbuehler Lauren and Claire Gibbs share contagious laughter, ambition and a charismatic sarcasm. Both are honor students at Shawnee Mission East High School in a Kansas City suburb. They also share a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), designated as an “orphan disease” because it affects fewer than 200,000

Nerve cell communication mechanisms uncovered, may lead to new therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative diseases

June 20, 2014 Story by Madison Knapp/Bond Life Sciences summer intern Simple actions like walking, swallowing and breathing are the result of a complex communication system between cells. When we touch something hot, our nerve cells tell us to take our hand off the object. This happens in a matter of milliseconds. This hyperspeed of

MU Research of Zebrafish Neurons May Lead to Better Understanding of Birth Defects like Spina Bifida

University of Missouri, by Jeff Sossamon & Roger Meissen ~ February 18, 2014 The zebrafish, a tropical freshwater fish similar to a minnow and native to the southeastern Himalayan region, is well established as a key tool for researchers studying human diseases, including brain disorders. Using zebrafish, scientists can determine how individual neurons develop, mature