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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

DeepBind Predicts Where Proteins Bind, Uncovering Disease-Causing Mutations

July 27, 2015 — A new tool called DeepBind uses deep learning to analyze how proteins bind to DNA and RNA, allowing it to detect mutations that could disrupt cellular processes and cause ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Researchers have evaluated the benefits of placing the DNA on the principle of spaghetti. Scientists concluded that packing of the genome in a special state called 'fractal globule,' apart ... read more

July 23, 2015 — The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool requires an RNA guide to precisely target a segment of DNA, where the Cas9 enzyme can either cut or latch on with a fluorescent probe. Creating guide RNAs is time ... read more

July 23, 2015 — The Histone Antibody Specificity Database is a newly launched online portal that lets scientists find the right antibodies for their research with a much higher degree of confidence than ever ... read more

Genetically Distinct Cells Reveal Nature's Strategy for Avoiding Pregnancy Complications

July 23, 2015 — Researchers add a new twist to the more than century old biological principles of Mendelian inheritance -- describing a small group of cells in pregnant mothers that promote genetic fitness and ... read more

Opening the Door to the Cause of Myeloid Leukemia: Finding the Targets of Common Mutation

July 23, 2015 — A breakthrough in understanding how mutated genes in leukemia reprogram blood stem cells and send them spiraling out of control has been made by a team of ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis -- a condition featuring curvature of the spine -- affects tens of millions of children worldwide, but does not have a known cause. Now, scientists have discovered a ... read more

Researchers Decode Molecular Action of Combination Therapy for a Deadly Thyroid Cancer

July 23, 2015 — In their bid to find the best combination of therapies to treat anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), researchers have demonstrated that all histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are not created ... read more

Faster, Better, Cheaper: New Method to Generate Extended Data for Genome Assemblies

July 23, 2015 — A new library construction method for genome sequencing has been developed that can simultaneously construct up to 12 size-selected long mate pair or 'jump' libraries ranging in sizes from ... read more

July 23, 2015 — There’s no time to lose when an emergency doctor diagnoses "Shock lung!" at the accident scene. What physicians know as “acute lung injury” (ALI) otherwise leads to death by ... read more

Retail Meat Is a Potential Vehicle for Disease-Causing Klebsiella

July 23, 2015 — Chicken, turkey and pork sold in grocery stores harbors disease-causing bacteria known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a new study. The research shows that contaminated meat may be an ... read more

Using Low-Dose Irradiation, Researchers Can Now Edit Human Genes

July 22, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have employed a gene-editing technique involving low-dose irradiation to repair patient cells. This method is 10 times more effective than techniques currently in ... read more

July 22, 2015 — In studying how cells recycle the building blocks of DNA, scientists have discovered a potential therapeutic strategy for cancer. They found that normal cells have highly selective mechanisms to ... read more

Diagnostic Test Developed for Enterovirus D68

July 22, 2015 — A diagnostic test to quickly detect enterovirus D68, a respiratory virus that caused unusually severe illness in children last year, has been developed by researchers. The outbreak caused infections ... read more

Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to Addiction Resistance Uncovered

July 22, 2015 — A genetic variant leading to a single change in the amino acid sequence of a cell surface protein, the mu-opioid receptor, is associated with lower susceptibility to a variety of addictive behaviors ... read more

Programming Adult Stem Cells to Treat Muscular Dystrophy and More by Mimicking Nature

July 22, 2015 — Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult to control. Scientists now report a new way to mimic the ... read more

July 22, 2015 — New methods for modifying the genome are currently widely discussed: Using CRISPR/Cas for instance, scientists can remove parts of the genetic code of a gene, thereby knocking it out. Furthermore, ... read more

Genetic Mutation Causing Lethal Condition in Infants Identified

July 22, 2015 — Newborn children born with a mutation in the Plasmalemma Vesicle Associated Protein gene develop severe protein losing enteropathy, according to a new case study. Protein losing enteropathy is a ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Researchers are studying a antibiotic-resistant pathogen to learn how to better fight it. They have identified several mechanisms bacteria use to share genes and expand their antibiotic ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Genes that control the biological clocks in cells throughout the body are altered after losing a single night of sleep, researchers report. For the study the researchers studied 15 healthy ... read more

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