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Getting left-right asymmetry right

Feb. 17, 2011—The protein Nodal has been found to hold the keys to vertebrate asymmetry.

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Kennedy Center celebrates Science Day 2011

Feb. 16, 2011—A record crowd of students and presenters turned out for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development's 2011 Science Day Feb. 15.

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Google Earth lecture highlights National Engineers Week at Vanderbilt

Feb. 16, 2011—Vanderbilt engineering alumnus and Google Earth co-founder Chikai Ohazama will speak at Vanderbilt as part of E-Week Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.

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Integrin curbs cancer’s spread

Feb. 16, 2011—Cell surface molecules called integrins have been found to play an important role when cancer metastasizes.

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Fluorine aids gene silencing

Feb. 15, 2011—Modifying a form of RNAs may improve their efficacy for research and medical uses.

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Three faculty receive NSF career development awards

Feb. 15, 2011—Dickerson, Sung and Webster recognized for research including nanoparticles, regenerating blood vessels and finding options for 'inoperable' patients.

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Vanderbilt-pioneered fetal surgery procedure yields positive results

Feb. 9, 2011—Results of a landmark, seven-year National Institutes of Health-funded trial, Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS), demonstrate clear benefit for babies who undergo fetal surgery to treat spina bifida, the most common birth defect in the central nervous system.

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John Gore elected to National Academy of Engineering

Feb. 9, 2011—ohn C. Gore, Hertha Ramsey Cress University Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University and professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the development and applications of magnetic resonance and other imaging techniques in medicine.

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Improving heart patients’ outcomes goal of nursing study

Feb. 9, 2011—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a multi-site, national study to identify the role nurses play in improving outcomes among heart failure patients. “Heart failure is being recognized as a huge issue in elderly and middle-aged people, and it has a profound effect on the ability to function and handle daily activities. It requires...

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Seeing serotonin neurons in action

Feb. 9, 2011—Serotonin – a chemical that has roles in multiple brain functions, including mood, sleep and cognition – is manufactured by clusters of brainstem neurons gathered in the raphé nuclei. A reliable, non-invasive imaging method for assessing raphé neuron activity would be valuable for understanding serotonin signaling in depression and related conditions. Using functional magnetic resonance...

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BPA exposure tests in question

Feb. 8, 2011—The safety of industrial chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and alkylphenols, which are used in commercial products like plastics, has recently been called into question. Exposure to these chemicals is typically measured by their excretion in urine, but impaired kidney function may make such measurements inaccurate. To assess how kidney function influences urinary excretion of these...

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A few fungi factoids

Feb. 7, 2011—For some reason, fungi don’t get no respect. Despite the fact that genetically they are more closely related to animals than to plants and despite the fact that they play an absolutely critical role in the environment, most people don’t give them much thought. Evolutionary biologists here at Vanderbilt have discovered that fungi are telling...

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