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Stem-cell approach shows promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Author: Chelsey Coombs

Published Date:January 14, 2013

Researchers have shown that transplanting stem cells derived from normal mouse blood vessels into the hearts of mice that model the pathology associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) prevents the decrease in heart function associated with DMD.

Published Date: January 14, 2013


Researchers report they have found a way to disrupt the spread of antibiotic-resistance genes among S. pneumoniae bacteria, which can contribute to pneumonia, meningitis and other dangerous ailments.

Scientists target bacterial sharing of antibiotic resistance genes

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 24, 2012

The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae which can cause pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and sepsis likes to share its antibiotic-defeating weaponry with its neighbors. Individual cells can pass resistance genes to one another through a process called horizontal gene transfer, or by transformation, the uptake of DNA from the environment. Now researchers report that they can interrupt the cascade of cellular events that allows S. pneumoniae to swap or suck up DNA.

Published Date: October 24, 2012


Illinois veterinarian and pathobiology professor Amy MacNeill and her colleagues discovered that an altered myxoma virus infects and kills dog cancer cells but not healthy cells in cell culture.

Scientists aim to put a pox on dog cancer

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 7, 2012

Researchers report that myxoma a pox virus that afflicts rabbits but not humans, dogs or any other vertebrates so far studied infects several different types of canine cancer cells in cell culture while sparing healthy cells. The study adds to the evidence that viruses or modified viruses will emerge as relatively benign cancer treatments to complement or replace standard cancer therapies.

Published Date: September 7, 2012


Interactive exhibits entice at annual Veterinary Medicine Open House

Published Date:September 26, 2011

Your dog may say woof woof (English), but at the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Open House on Oct. 2, there is bound to be a veterinarian who speaks your language.

Published Date: September 26, 2011


The Lyme disease tick, seen here in its larval, nymph and adult forms, is advancing across 'the prairie state.'

Lyme disease tick adapts to life on the (fragmented) prairie

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 21, 2011

A new study offers a detailed look at the status of Lyme disease in Central Illinois and suggests that deer ticks and the Lyme disease bacteria they host are more adaptable to new habitats than previously appreciated.

Published Date: June 21, 2011