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Cell division, minus the cells
(Harvard Medical School) Researchers have reconstituted cell division -- complete with signals that direct molecular traffic -- without the cell. Combining frog-egg extracts with lipid membranes that mimic the membrane of the cell, they built a cell-free system that recapitulates how the cleavage furrow is assembled.

Broad Institute, Univ. of California team awarded NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot contract
(Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard) A team from the Broad Institute, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, was awarded one of three National Cancer Institute Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot contracts with the goal of building a system that will enable large-scale analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas and other datasets by co-locating the data and the required computing resources in one cloud environment.

Case Western Reserve, Cuyahoga County, YMCA of greater Cleveland: Public health grants
(Case Western Reserve University) The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine is a key player in nearly $13.32 million in federal grants awarded to improve community health in Northeast Ohio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention renewed the PRCHN's grant for $4.35 million over five years. The funds will support the center's ongoing efforts in designing, testing, and disseminating individual, environmental, and policy interventions that prevent and reduce chronic disease in urban neighborhoods.

Decoding the emergence of metastatic cancer stem cells
(Rice University) In the first study of its kind, Rice University researchers have mapped how information flows through the genetic circuits that cause cancer cells to become metastatic. The research reveals a common pattern in the decision-making that allows cancer cells to both migrate and form new tumors.

Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential Ebola vaccines, treatments
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues have developed the first genetic strain of mice that can be infected with Ebola and display symptoms similar to those that humans experience. This work, published in the current issue of Science, will significantly improve basic research on Ebola treatments and vaccines, which are desperately needed to curb the worldwide public health and economic toll of the disease.

Proton therapy shown to be less costly than some alternative radiotherapy techniques
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) In terms of duration of treatment and cost, patients with early stage breast cancer may benefit from accelerated partial breast irradiation with proton therapy versus whole breast irradiation, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.

UT Southwestern Microbiologist awarded prestigious NIH research grant
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Dr. John Schoggins, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has received a prestigious New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Viewing cancer on the move: New device yields close-up look at metastasis
(Johns Hopkins University) Johns Hopkins engineers have invented a lab device to give cancer researchers an unprecedented microscopic look at metastasis, the complex way that tumor cells spread through the body, causing more than 90 percent of cancer-related deaths.

Advance directives can benefit patients, families, and health care system
(The Gerontological Society of America) Nearly one out of four older Americans say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, according to the latest issue of The Gerontological Society of America's Public Policy & Aging Report, which goes on to show that Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients' end-of-life health care wishes.

Insomnia increases risk of motor vehicle deaths, other fatal injuries
(American Academy of Sleep Medicine) New research suggests that insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries. The results underscore the importance of the 'Sleep Well, Be Well' campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project.

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