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A Universe of Research

We are in the business of researching customer perceptions and voter opinions. But we live in a world full of intriguing, even breath-taking research that probes the far reaches of the universe and the building blocks of life on earth.

A quick glance at Stem Cell Research News produces these fascinating snippets:

  • Scientists have isolated human brain stem cells that make myelin, a crucial fatty material that coats neurons and allow them to signal effectively so we can comprehend what we see and hear and touch.
  • Researchers have developed a way to stimulate a rat's stem cells after a liver transplant to prevent rejection of the organ.
  • Scientists have cleanly correct a human gene mutation, which moves closer to the possibility of patient-specific therapies.

Not all medical research centers on stem cells. Scientists have found a worthy object of study in naked mole rats, which have shown an amazing capacity to exist underground with low levels of oxygen. They also have displayed an amazing resistance to cancer cells. Isolating how they do it could be important to treating human heart and lung patients, as well cancer victims.

Meanwhile, researchers in Europe have fired neutrinos in a supercollider than seemingly travelled faster than the speed of light, something Einstein's general theory of relativity concluded was impossible.

People scoffed at Einstein's 1916 theory until 30 years later physicists who relied on it and subsequent findings built a nuclear bomb that devastated Japan.