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July 1, 2015

Understanding Why Animals Are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

June 29, 2015 — Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another. The researchers compared thousands of human disease-causing ... read more

New Family of Small RNAs Boosts Cell Proliferation in Cancer

June 29, 2015 — Rather than cellular trash, half of a transfer RNA (tRNA) molecule appears to actively spur cell proliferation in breast and prostate cancers, suggesting a new role for tRNA and a possible target for ... read more

Genes Responsible for Increased Activity During the Summer

June 29, 2015 — A thermosensory gene changes behavior in warmer climates, new research reveals. Researchers have explored how the biological clock can be affected by the environment by examining the fruitfly ... read more

Upsetting a Fragile Alliance Triggers a Deadly Childhood Disease

June 29, 2015 — SMA is a devastating neuromuscular disorder that robs children of their ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Mostly caused by an inherited flaw in the Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) gene, SMA is presently ... read more

Scientists Develop More Accurate Whole Genome Variant Discovery, Interpretation

June 29, 2015 — Conventional next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques are able to accurately detect certain types of variation, such as single nucleotide variants and small insertions or deletions, but miss many ... read more

Rare Gene Variant Associated With Middle Ear Infections

June 29, 2015 — Researchers may have taken the first step on the road to understanding why only some people get frequent painful or chronic middle ear infections. The culprit may be rare genetic variants in a gene ... read more

Genes Leave Some Kids Prone to Weakness in Wrist Bones

June 29, 2015 — Pediatric researchers have discovered gene locations affecting bone strength in wrist bones, the most common site for fractures in children. Children with these genetic variants could especially ... read more

Lean but Not Hungry: Molecular Switch for a Healthy Metabolism Discovered

June 29, 2015 — The protein complex mTORC1 is a central regulator of cell metabolism. In the active state, it stimulates anabolic processes and increases the production and storage of proteins and lipids. ... read more

Genes Add Risk to Depression

June 29, 2015 — People born with a particular gene variant have a greater risk of developing depressions, a recent study shows. Depression has been relatively under-researched, and clinicians are not, generally, ... read more

Action Spectrum of Sun Skin Damage Documented

June 26, 2015 — Scientists have documented for the first time the DNA damage that can occur to skin across the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the sun providing an invaluable tool for sun-protection and the ... read more

RNASEH1 Mutations Impair mtDNA Replication, Cause Adult-Onset Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy

June 26, 2015 — Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology offers an incredible opportunity for the rapid and relatively low-cost characterization of individual genomes, giving us a chance to make a substantial ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Studies on mice reveal that a special protein in the brain's tiniest blood vessels may affect the risk of stroke. Scientists are learning how the blood-brain barrier develops and what makes the ... read more

Researchers Uncover Epigenetic Switches That Turn Stem Cells Into Blood Vessel Cells

June 26, 2015 — A molecular mechanism that directs embryonic stem cells to mature into endothelial cells -- the specialized cells that form blood vessels -- has been discovered by researchers. Understanding the ... read more

Tracking Genetic Arms Race Between Humans, Mosquitoes

June 25, 2015 — Individual populations of mosquitoes are under strong evolutionary pressure from humans and their environment, a new study ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Researchers have developed an innovative, experimental gene transfer-based treatment for children with giant axonal neuropathy (GAN). This extremely rare genetic disorder causes children to gradually ... read more

June 25, 2015 — A new, sensitive electrochemical technique capable of detecting colorectal cancer in tissue samples has been developed by chemists -- a method that could one day be used in clinical settings for the ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Scientists have made a key genetic discovery in poppies, paving the way for more effective ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Adult fruit flies given a cancer drug live 12 percent longer than average, according to a study researching healthy aging. The drug targets a specific cellular process that occurs in animals, ... read more

Analyzing Genes According to Evolutionary Profile

June 25, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new Internet tool that will allow any investigator, physician or patient to analyze genes according to their evolutionary profile and find associated genes. The tool ... read more

June 25, 2015 — A chemical compound that has reduced the growth of pancreatic cancer tumors by 80 percent in treated mice has been developed by researchers. The compound, called MM41, was designed to block faulty ... read more

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