Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Putting the brakes on accelerated aging

Telomeres are to chromosomes what aglets are to shoelaces—protective caps that stop the tightly wound strings from unraveling. Every time a cell divides, its telomeres are trimmed, eventually becoming so short that the ...

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Better diagnosis for a rare syndrome

Understanding Li–Fraumeni syndrome (LFS)—a genetic disorder that substantially increases the risk of a young person developing cancer such as the bone cancer osteosarcoma—is a first step to improving diagnosis and counseling.

Jan 27, 2016
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Monocytes switch roles during sepsis

During the course of the deadly disease sepsis, monocytes—a type of white blood cell that helps the body stave off bacteria and viruses—undergo a profound change, A*STAR researchers show. This discovery will help scientists ...

Jan 27, 2016
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'Junk' DNA now center stage

The classes of RNA molecules encoded by DNA sequences previously considered non functional may play a vital role in cell stress responses, and could one day lead to cancer treatments. A*STAR researchers have identified a ...

Jan 20, 2016
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Sharp images of moving tumors

By cleverly combining two medical imaging techniques, A*STAR scientists have found a way to produce high-resolution images of the lungs that is both high resolution and accounts for lung movement due to breathing1. The method ...

Jan 06, 2016
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