Our weekly compilation of science news for the week of June 7, 2009.
Biologist discovers pink-winged moth in Chiricahua Mountains: University of Arizona biologist and amateur insect collector Bruce Walsh has published his discovery of a new species of moth.
China launches green power revolution to catch up on west: Beijing aspires to hit 20% renewable target by 2020 with $30 billion for low-carbon projects.
Concern over breast cancer patients taking high-dose vitamin supplements: Many women receiving treatment for breast cancer may unknowingly undermine the chances of it working by taking high-dose antioxidant vitamins.
Evolution can occur in less than 10 years: UC Riverside-led study shows wild Trinidadian guppies adapted in less than 30 generations to a new environment.
Galactic black holes may be more massive than thought: Predictions and observations could resolve seeming mismatch between close and distant giants.
New Technologies Allow Scientists to Watch Cells in Motion: Some cells are slow, some fast, and some are dangerous wanderers.
Nicotine’s role in SIDS: New study in rats explains how smoke exposure may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Off-label morning sickness drug deemed safe for fetuses: Collaborative research findings published in New England Journal of Medicine support safe use of metoclopramide for morning sickness nausea.
Study says colorectal cancer increasing in young adults: The authors theorize that these increases may be related to rising rates of obesity and changes in dietary patterns, including increased consumption of fast food.
Siegel, R., Jemal, A., & Ward, E. (2009). Increase in Incidence of Colorectal Cancer Among Young Men and Women in the United States Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 18 (6), 1695-1698 DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-09-0186
Tracking down the causes of multiple sclerosis: Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried and an international research team have succeeded in attaining three important new insights into the disease.
Krishnamoorthy, G., Saxena, A., Mars, L., Domingues, H., Mentele, R., Ben-Nun, A., Lassmann, H., Dornmair, K., Kurschus, F., Liblau, R., & Wekerle, H. (2009). Myelin-specific T cells also recognize neuronal autoantigen in a transgenic mouse model of multiple sclerosis Nature Medicine, 15 (6), 626-632 DOI: 10.1038/nm.1975
Pollinger, B., Krishnamoorthy, G., Berer, K., Lassmann, H., Bosl, M., Dunn, R., Domingues, H., Holz, A., Kurschus, F., & Wekerle, H. (2009). Spontaneous relapsing-remitting EAE in the SJL/J mouse: MOG-reactive transgenic T cells recruit endogenous MOG-specific B cells Journal of Experimental Medicine, 206 (6), 1303-1316 DOI: 10.1084/jem.20090299