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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Oct. 1, 2015 — A single neuron in a normal adult brain likely has more than a thousand genetic mutations that are not present in the cells that surround it, according to new research. The majority of these ... read more

Tugs and Pulls: How a Molecular Motor Untangles Protein

Oct. 1, 2015 — E. coli ClpB is a bacterial enzyme that untangles proteins. Such tangles are hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. A study now offers new insight on this ... read more

Genes of Colon Cancer Recurrence Differs Among Blacks, Whites and Asians

Oct. 1, 2015 — The genetic makeup of colon cancer tumors and survival rates for patients with the disease differ by race, according to a study. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have identified cellular changes traceable to an RNA splicing factor that's also an oncoprotein that may play a role in converting normal breast cells into tumors. Targeting these ... read more

New Method to Predict Increased Risk of Non-Familial Breast Cancer

Oct. 1, 2015 — By detecting cancer at an early stage, or even predicting who has an increased risk of being affected, the possibilities to treat the disease can be radically improved. Now researchers have ... read more

A Snapshot of Stem Cell Expression

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new study reveals new genes involved in pluripotency, new subpopulations of cells and new methods to find meaning in the data. The findings have implications for the study of early ... read more

New 'Driver' to Assess Cancer Patient Survival, Drug Sensitivity

Oct. 1, 2015 — Cancer specialists have long looked at genetic mutations and DNA copy changes to help predict patient survival and drug sensitivity. A new study has opened up yet another avenue for understanding the ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in an effort to fundamentally improve carbohydrate analysis. With the new method, complex glycans, building blocks of life such as DNA and proteins, can now be sequenced. ... read more

Real-Time Analysis of Metabolic Products

Oct. 1, 2015 — A method that, for the first time, makes it possible to measure concentration changes of several hundred metabolic products simultaneously and almost in real time has been developed by researchers. ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that reactivation of ancient viral genes embedded in the human genome may cause the destruction of neurons in some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results ... read more

Genes That Protect African Children from Developing Malaria Identified

Oct. 1, 2015 — Variations in DNA at a specific location (or 'locus') on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child's chance of ... read more

Proof-of-Concept for Low-Cost Drug Made in Lettuce

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have used a plant-based system to make shelf-stable drugs. The researchers confirmed the viability of their method for FDA approval and human use, producing an effective drug that promotes ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A novel mechanism of protein resurrection has been discovered, which not only restores the active function of the protein, but also increases its original activity by almost two times. The scientists ... read more

Human Tumor 'Avatars' Reveal New Genetic Sources of Drug Response in Late-Stage Colorectal Cancer Therapy

Sep. 30, 2015 — Using pieces of human tumors grafted into mice, a team of researchers has identified new mutations in six genes related to drug resistance and sensitivity in late-stage colorectal ... read more

DNA-Based Vaccine Clears Nearly Half of Precancerous Cervical Lesions in Clinical Trial

Sep. 30, 2015 — Using a novel synthetic platform for creating vaccines a team of researchers has successfully eradicated precancerous cervical lesions in nearly half of the women who received an investigational ... read more

Researchers Show That Genetic Background Regulates Tumor Differences

Sep. 30, 2015 — Researchers have identified both similarities and differences between a single tumor type in multiple dogs breeds; a finding they believe parallels the situation in the cancer of human ... read more

People With Genetic Variant Increasing Vitamin D Metabolism Improve Blood Sugar Control With High Protein Weight Loss Diet

Sep. 29, 2015 — People carrying a certain genetic variant relating to vitamin D metabolism are more likely to benefit from a high-protein weight loss diet than those without it, research ... read more

'Zelda' Protein Plays Flap-Open Role in Early Embryo Development, Researchers Find

Sep. 29, 2015 — Biologists have identified a mechanism that promotes activation of genes critical for the initiation of embryonic development. Our genes are activated by regulatory factors that bind to the control ... read more

New Test Detects All Viruses That Infect People, Animals

Sep. 29, 2015 — A new test detects virtually any virus that infects people and animals, according to new research. The new test could be used to detect outbreaks of deadly viruses such as Ebola, Marburg and severe ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — New research sheds light on how the retina sets its own biological rhythm using a novel light-sensitive pigment, called neuropsin, found in nerve cells at the back of the ... read more

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