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July 5, 2015

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July 5, 2015

Epigenetic Basis of Common Variable Immunodeficiency

June 17, 2015 — Researchers have identified epigenetic alterations in Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), the most common primary immunodeficiency, using as a starting point genetically identical monozygotic ... read more

New Tool Brings Standards to Epigenetic Studies

June 4, 2015 — A new technique has been developed that calibrates a commonly-used tool in epigenetic experiments with an internal standard - dramatically improving accuracy and the development of therapeutics ... read more

May 6, 2015 — The surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms, and algae has been described in a new article by an international team of ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Research has uncovered a new purpose for a rare type of histone: preventing mutations by keeping certain so-called "jumping genes" in place. This discovery reveals a basic mechanism for ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Until today, the proteins known as ubiquitin receptors have been associated mainly with protein degradation, a basic cell cleaning process. A new function now described for the protein dDsk2 links ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Until now, the proteins known as ubiquitin receptors have been associated mainly with protein degradation, a basic cell cleaning process. A new function now described for the protein dDsk2 links ... read more

Study Illuminates Role of Cancer Drug Decitabine in Repairing Damaged Cells

Apr. 22, 2015 — A new study sheds light on how cell damage is reversed by the cancer drug decitabine and identifies a potential biomarker that could indicate a patient's stage of cancer and response to ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — A fully extended strand of human DNA measures about five feet in length. Yet it occupies a space just one-tenth of a cell by wrapping itself around histones -- spool-like proteins -- to form a dense ... read more

Cancer-Inflammation 'Vicious Cycle' Detailed in New Study

Apr. 20, 2015 — New findings hidden within the complex machinery behind the chronic inflammation-cancer feedback loop have been ... read more

Central Signaling Pathway in Lymphoma Can Be Blocked Successfully

Apr. 7, 2015 — Cancer researchers have identified a key signaling pathway in B-cell lymphoma, a malignant type of blood cancer. They demonstrate that the signaling pathway can be blocked using compounds that are ... read more

HIV Linked to Age-Accelerating Cellular Changes

Apr. 6, 2015 — HIV induces age-associated changes to the DNA, which in turn lead to earlier onset of age-related illnesses such as some cancers, renal and kidney disease, frailty, osteoporosis and neurocognitive ... read more

Old Cancer Drug Could Have New Use in Fighting Cancer

Apr. 1, 2015 — An old cancer drug can not only kill cancer cells, but also works to change how certain cancer cells function, weakening those cells so they can be killed by other drugs, a veterinary researcher has ... read more

Blood Test May Shed New Light on Fragile X Related Disorders

Mar. 26, 2015 — A blood test may shed new light on Fragile X syndrome related disorders in women, according to a new study. Fragile X is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and the most ... read more

Recycling Histones Through Transcription

Mar. 26, 2015 — Cells reuse a part of the histones which are used to pack DNA, according to research conducted on yeast cells. However, researchers say that it is likely that similar mechanisms are important for ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — Until now scientists have believed that the variations in traits -- such as our height, skin color, tendency to gain weight or not, intelligence, tendency to develop certain diseases, etc., all of ... read more

Brain Development Controlled by Epigenetic Factor

Mar. 10, 2015 — The importance of a key epigenetic regulator in the development of the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with learning, memory and neural stem cells, has been made more clear, thanks to a ... read more

New Insights on How Tumors Metastasize

Mar. 6, 2015 — Researchers shed new light on the underlying processes of tumor metastasis and highlight the role of epigenetics in this process. By comparing embryogenesis with cancer metastasis they hypothesize ... read more

Epigenetic 'Switch' Regulates RNA-Protein Interactions

Feb. 25, 2015 — Epigenetic modifications to mRNA act as a structural 'switch' that allows RNA-binding proteins to recognize and read mRNA regions that would otherwise be inaccessible, a new study has ... read more

Epigenetic Study Highlights Drug Targets for Allergies and Asthma

Feb. 18, 2015 — Scientists have discovered over 30 new genes that predispose people to allergies and asthma, some of which could be targets for new drugs. Asthma affects one child in 10 in the UK, and allergies may ... read more

Epigenetic Breakthrough: A First of Its Kind Tool to Study the Histone Code

Feb. 10, 2015 — Scientists have created a new research tool, based on the fruit fly, to help crack the histone code. This research tool can be used to better understand the function of histone proteins, which play ... read more

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