Science News: Week of January 3, 2009

Our weekly compilation of science news for the week of January 3, 2009.

Gene identified for canine compulsive disorder: A canine chromosome 7 locus that confers a high risk of compulsive disorder susceptibility has been identified.

Hubble goes deep and wide for new view of galaxies: Space telescope’s multiwavelength compilation image shows 12 billion years of cosmic evolution.

Moss counters shortness with A-bomb-style clouds: Sphagnum overcomes drag by launching spores in vortex rings.

MyoD helps stem cells proliferate in response to muscle injury: The master regulator of muscle differentiation, MyoD, functions early in myogenesis to help stem cells proliferate in response to muscle injury.

To read the study:

Zhang, K., Sha, J., & Harter, M. (2010). Activation of Cdc6 by MyoD is associated with the expansion of quiescent myogenic satellite cells The Journal of Cell Biology DOI: 10.1083/jcb.200904144

Pediatric cancer survivors at risk for diseases that predispose them to heart disease: Survivors of pediatric cancer are at greater risk for high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, all of which predispose them to heart disease.

To read the study:

Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 19 (1), 170-181 DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-09-0555

Seaweed Overload In Great Barrier Reef: A ridiculous amount of green seaweed has taken over much of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, leaving scientists worrying about the health of the coral structure.

Silencing brain cells with yellow and blue light: Neuroscientists at MIT have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light.