A Heart History With Biomedical Research

A Heart History With Biomedical Research

Valentine’s Day! Heart-shaped cards, heart-shaped chocolates, conversation hearts, cards, roses and love are most commonly associated with this special day. But the beating muscular organ that keeps us alive gets lost in the shuffle. With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, FBR is taking a moment to examine the ‘state of the heart’ – from how […]

Blood Cleansing Agent Improves Sepsis Treatment in Small Animals

Blood Cleansing Agent Improves Sepsis Treatment in Small Animals

Treating a patient with deadly sepsis can be tricky as usually the pathogen is unknown and many patients ultimately die. Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard, using lab animals, have come up with a proprietary protein-capturing agent called FcMBL that binds to not only pathogens but their toxic fragments. An animal patient, and hopefully […]

Octopus blood: a natural antifreeze?

Octopus blood: a natural antifreeze?

How does an octopus survive in the below-freezing waters of the Antarctic? It seems like these animals shouldn’t be able to survive in frigid temperatures, but new research shows that they have a special protein in their blood that helps them survive. The protein that makes octopus blood blue is called haemocyanin, and it actually […]

Antioxidant Genes Slow Vision Loss

Antioxidant Genes Slow Vision Loss

Using antioxidant gene therapy, scientists are slowing down vision loss and cell death by boosting photoreceptor cell’s own antioxidant powers. Rods and cones (photoreceptors) allow us to see light and transmit the information to the brain. When these cells get too much oxygen, such that occurs in a disease process like Retinitis Pigmosa, these cells […]

Alligator Blood Fighting “Super-Bugs”

Alligator Blood Fighting “Super-Bugs”

Alligators have been around a while. Millions of years in fact and not just because they are stealthy hunters with sharp teeth, a violent death roll, and tough skin. Chemists in 2008 found that alligator blood contains antibacterial properties. The serum of the blood of an alligator was shown to kill 23 different types of […]

Migration Route Creates Unique Collaboration

Migration Route Creates Unique Collaboration

Wyoming biologists have found a mule deer migration route as long as any known in north america. Researchers from the University of Wyoming, along with conservation groups are working hard to keep this 150 mile route from Hoback Junction to Rock Springs Wyoming, known as the Red Desert to Hoback Migration clear and free of development.  […]

Colorado Woman Cured of Hep C!

Colorado Woman Cured of Hep C!

After participating in a clinical trail for two drugs, Sovaldi and Ribavirin, a Colorado woman has been cured of Hepatitis C. The deadly virus took her mother by destroying her liver after a blood transfusion gave both mother and daughter the Hepatitis C.  Animal research, which gives a path to these human trials, can be thanked […]