Negative feedback makes cells 'sensitive'9 January 2014New research has shown that negative feedback loops in cell signalling systems can be essential for a cell’s ability to perceive the strength of a growth stimulus. Cells lacking the feedback loop became insensitive to the level of the stimulus in a manner similar to a cancerous cell displaying unrestrained growth.
Why do some people develop type 1 diabetes rapidly while others at risk do not?9 January 2014The autoimmune process leading to type 1 diabetes can develop quickly in some children and young people but very slowly in others despite the presence of proteins in their blood indicating an on-going autoimmune process in the pancreas. Thanks to combined funding of over $1 million a new study hopes to understand why some people develop type 1 diabetes very early while others who are known to be at risk are protected for decades.
Blood pressure drug as treatment for dementia12 December 2013A 4p per day drug for high blood pressure could become the first ever treatment for one of the most common forms of dementia within a decade, say two leading charities.