Diabetes Type II Studied Atop Mount Everest

Diabetes Type II Studied Atop Mount Everest

In an effort to better understand the relationship of insulin resistance to oxidative stress caused by insufficient levels of oxygen, scientists from the University of Southampton and University College London (UCL) performed experiments at the top of Mt. Everest to study how low oxygen levels are associated with the development of type II diabetes. The […]

Stem Cell Culture Growth Improved by Silly Putty

Stem Cell Culture Growth Improved by Silly Putty

Who would have thought? By experimenting with an ingredient in Silly Putty, a popular children’s toy, researchers have improved on the substrate media normally used for growing embryonic stem cells in culture. In addition to a number of other factors, growth of human embryonic stem cells is affected by the texture of the surface on […]

Schizophrenia Studied at the Molecular Level in Rats

Schizophrenia Studied at the Molecular Level in Rats

  Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark, in a quest to understand schizophrenia on a molecular level, have performed studies on rats to identify several proteins that may play a role in the psychiatric illness. The study used rats that were dosed on Phencyclidine (a street drug otherwise known as PCP or “angel dust”) and […]