“Science Times” synthesis

After the commemoration of World AIDS Day last week, it’s encouraging to hear that researchers have found renewed hope and inspiration in the search for a cure. In this week’s “Science Times” synthesis, learn about the new developments in HIV research, and share your thoughts on the current state of AIDS research and the potential impact of President Obama’s speech in which he committed to significant increases in funding.

Week of November 29

How exercise benefits the brain: 
A major new study finds that the fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) gene, common in people of European or African descent, may be controlled by even small doses of physical activity. The new report couldn’t come at a better time with holiday indulgences right around the corner.

New hope of a cure for HIV: Medical researchers are still in pursuit of a cure, and two patients’ experiences are providing the impetus they need to move forward. Learn more about these patients, and why researchers are encouraged by their progress.

Less salt isn’t always better for the heart
: Researchers studying the effect of sodium consumption on the heart in men and women over 55 reveals that while high sodium intake does increase the risk of heart problems, too little sodium may be just as bad.

Week of December 6

Vast and fertile ground in Africa for science to take root
: Opportunities are growing for Africans trained in Africa to conduct scientific research. Read on to learn more about how Dr. Venansius Baryamureeba’s graduate program at Makere University in Uganda hopes to turn out dozens of scientists who will help to push the boundaries of global research.

Computer scientists may have what it takes to help cure cancer: According to David Patterson of the University of California, Berkeley, the war against cancer is moving into cyberspace. Read on to learn why he believes that computer scientists may have the best skills to fight cancer in the coming decade.