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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Feb. 5, 2016 — Elastin is a crucial building block in our bodies -- its flexibility allows skin to stretch and twist, blood vessels to expand and relax with every heartbeat, and lungs to swell and contract with ... read more

Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

Feb. 4, 2016 — More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading ... read more

Genetic Cause of Rare Allergy to Vibration Discovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria. Running, hand clapping, towel drying or even ... read more

Clinical Investigations of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Are 'Ethically Permissible' If Conditions Met

Feb. 3, 2016 — Conducting clinical investigations of mitochondrial replacement techniques in humans is ethically permissible as long as significant conditions and principles are met, says a new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A powerful, three-way mechanism by which a mutation drives the growth of childhood brain cancers, was discovered by scientists. The team hopes the discovery will lead to better methods for diagnosing ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have shown that an enzyme key to regulating gene expression -- and also an oncogene when mutated -- is critical for the expression of numerous inflammatory compounds ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — A faulty signaling pathway has been identified that, when corrected, in mice ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological condition. The findings could lead to the discovery ... read more

Sstudy Identifies Mechanism for Drug Target to Help Block HIV's Ability to Spread

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study identifies how RNA-based drug 5-aza-C blocks HIV's ability to spread by converting to DNA before infiltrating the virus. Because RNA drugs are more cost-effective, the findings could ... read more

Biomolecule's Behavior Under Artificial Conditions More Natural Than Expected

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers often analyze isolated biomolecules in test tubes, and it is doubtful if the results can be applied to densely-packed cells. A team of researchers monitored the folding of an RNA ... read more

Cell Insight Offers Clues on Biological Processes Linked to Fertility

Feb. 2, 2016 — Congenital disorders such as Down's syndrome could be better understood, following new insights into how healthy cells are formed. Scientists have identified a set of proteins that play a key ... read more

'Junk' DNA Plays Role in Preventing Breast Cancer

Feb. 2, 2016 — Supposed 'junk' DNA, found in between genes, plays a role in suppressing cancer, according to new research. The human genome contains around three meters of DNA, of which only about two per ... read more

Turning Down the Volume on Cancer

Feb. 2, 2016 — When the audio on your television set is too loud, you simply turn down the volume. What if we could do the same for signaling in our bodies that essentially causes normal cells to turn cancerous? ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — There’s apparently safety in numbers, even for cancer cells. New research in mice suggests that cancer cells rarely form metastatic tumors on their own, preferring to travel in groups since ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — When the process of epigenetic reprogramming is defective in mouse development, the consequences in adulthood can include abnormal repetitive behaviors, scientists have ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — A genetic mechanism that is likely to drive mutations that can lead to cancer has been discovered by scientists. The study finds the enzyme APOBEC3G -- a known trigger for mutations that occur as ... read more

Making the Leap from Sequence Data to Actionable Targets in Clinical Oncology

Feb. 1, 2016 — The ever-shrinking cost of DNA sequencing improves accessibility for an increasing number of people and, importantly, for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This is particularly salient in ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development has been identified by researchers. The drug appears safe, and boosts immunity in mice, say the ... read more

Researchers Work to Unravel the Complex Genetic Disease Neurofibromatosis Type 1

Feb. 1, 2016 — From a collection of more than 7,800 unrelated neurofibromatosis type 1 mutations, researchers have aimed at two goals: correlate a particular mutation with the symptoms that will develop as the ... read more

Researchers Identify Way Radiation May Fight Cancer Cells Escaping Immune System

Feb. 1, 2016 — A team of researchers is fighting cancers using a combination of therapies and recently found ways that radiation could maximize responses to novel immune-based therapeutic approaches to fight ... read more

CRISPR/Cas9 Therapeutic for Tyrosinemai Type I Delivered to Mice

Feb. 1, 2016 — A more efficient delivery of a CRISPR/Cas9 therapeutic to adult mice with the metabolic disease Tyrosinemia type I developed may also prove to be safer for use in humans. A study shows that the ... read more

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