Tissue Culture of Jatropha curcas

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A report on the project done to develop tissue culture protocol for the mass propagation of high oil-yielding varieties of Jatropha adaptable to the Philippines. Specifically, the project determined the following: (1) sterilization scheme for tissues for culture, (2) best/most responsive tissue/explant for culture, (3) appropriate medium for callus formation, shoot induction and rooting, (4) incubation or culture conditions (light, temperature, photoperiod) for growth and development of...

Treatment of Epilepsy

submitted by: alex01
Michael Rogawski (University of California, Davis) summarizes his research on the antiepileptic activity of neurosteroids (e.g. ganaxolone, allopregnanolone). They are allosteric modulators of GABAA receptors and are active in many models of epilepsy. They are expected, however, to be most effective in catamenial epilepsy, infantile spasms or adult partial seizures. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently sponsoring a clinical trial of progesterone (precursor of allopregnanolone)...