Human Biology News
May 24, 2015

Latest Headlines
updated 9:28pm EDT

More Human Biology News
May 24, 2015

May 22, 2015 — A novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ... read more

New Biotechnology for High Efficiency Purification of Live Human Cells

May 21, 2015 — Cell therapies require a purification step that isolates the desired cell types from contaminating cells. Normally cell surface receptors are used as markers to distinguish cell types, but undesired ... read more

Obesity, Weight Loss Change Splicing Pattern of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Genes

May 21, 2015 — Alternative splicing of obesity and type 2 diabetes related genes may contribute to the pathophysiology of obesity, according to research. Obesity leads to changes in the splicing pattern of ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Scientists want people who stutter to give a spit -- five milliliters to be precise -- to help find the cause and a cure for ... read more

The Life and Death of Beta Cells

May 19, 2015 — Researchers studying microRNA -- tiny strands of ribonucleic acid -- in beta cells have found a type that plays a key role in cell death under stress. MicroRNAs have been regulating cell processes ... read more

Investigating the Benefits of 'Sticky Sperm' for IVF

May 19, 2015 — Scientists are investigating whether a molecule usually found in moisturizers and skin creams could improve IVF success rates. Embryologists running a new clinical trial are investigating whether ... read more

Non-Invasive Colon Cancer Screening May Be Promising for African-Americans, Study Finds

May 18, 2015 — Stool DNA (sDNA) testing, a new non-invasive technology for colon cancer screening, is a promising alternative to colonoscopy for African Americans, according to a new study. According to the ... read more

Researchers Quantify Proportion of Different Genetic Mutations in Individual Bowel Cancers

May 18, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have quantified the different mutational profiles of clusters of cells in individual tumors in patients with bowel cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. ... read more

Blood Test for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Metastasis

May 18, 2015 — New hope has been given for a way of detecting metastases significantly earlier than is currently possible. The discovery is based on what is known as cell-free circulating DNA -- small fragments of ... read more

New Gene Implicated in Multiple Sclerosis Disease Activity

May 14, 2015 — A new study reports the discovery of a genetic variant that is associated with a patient's likelihood of responding to interferon-beta. The study also presents evidence that the affected gene, ... read more

Smoking Induces Early Signs of Cancer in Cheek Swabs

May 14, 2015 — DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swabs, finds research. The study provides evidence that smoking induces a general cancer program that is also present in cancers which ... read more

Protein FGL2 May Have Potential as Therapy Target for Brain Cancer

May 13, 2015 — Blocking FGL2, a protein known to promote cancer, may offer a new strategy for treating brain cancer, according to a ... read more

Genome-Wide DNA Study Shows Lasting Impact of Malnutrition in Early Pregnancy

May 14, 2015 — Children whose mothers were malnourished at famine levels during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy had changes in DNA methylation known to suppress genes involved in growth, development, and metabolism ... read more

RNA Splicing Machinery Offers New Drug Target

May 14, 2015 — A widespread cancer-causing protein called MYC promotes the growth of tumor cells in part by ensuring that RNA transcripts are properly spliced, according to new research. Drugs that block parts of ... read more

Can Drinking Alcohol Harm the Child Before the Mother Knows She Is Pregnant?

May 13, 2015 — Alcohol drunk by a mouse in early pregnancy changes the way genes function in the brains of the offspring. The early exposure was also later apparent in the brain structure of the adult offspring. ... read more

Study Uncovers New Information on Genomic Instability

May 13, 2015 — Researchers have mapped chromosome breaks in a model organism, and by doing so, have discovered new information as to how and where chromosome fragile sites can occur in human DNA. Their findings ... read more

Diabetes Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk in HIV Patients

May 15, 2015 — A diabetes drug may have benefits beyond lower blood sugar in patients with HIV. New research suggests the drug may prevent cardiovascular problems because it works to reduce inflammation that is ... read more

May 14, 2015 — A mouse model has been developed that exhibits the neuropathological and behavioral features associated with the most common genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's ... read more

Signaling Pathway Revealed Through Which a Promising Anti-Leukemia Drug Kills Cancer Cells

May 14, 2015 — Due to overwhelming evidence of their effectiveness in mice, inhibitors of the leukemia protein BRD4, including the drug JQ1, moved into clinical trials starting in 2013. There are 12 trials ... read more

Tumor Sequencing Study Highlights Benefits of Profiling Healthy Tissue as Well

May 13, 2015 — As the practice of genetically profiling patient tumors for clinical treatment decision making becomes more commonplace, a recent study suggests that profiling normal DNA also provides an important ... read more

Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015