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July 30, 2015

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July 30, 2015

Understanding Molecular Origin of Epigenetic Markers

July 28, 2015 — Researchers have determined the mechanics behind of one of the most common epigenetic modifications: histone-tail acetylation. Acetylation is a means by which a cell can control the expression of its ... read more

Researchers Create Promising New Mouse Model for Lung Injury Repair

July 28, 2015 — Researchers have created a dynamic functional mouse model for lung injury repair, a tool that will help scientists explain the origins of lung disease and provide a system by which new therapies can ... read more

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

Scientists Discover First 'DNA Ambulance'

July 24, 2015 — Researchers have discovered how severely damaged DNA is transported within a cell and how it is repaired. It's a discovery that could unlock secrets into how cancer ... read more

Researchers Discover New Role for Protein in Cell Division

July 23, 2015 — Pharmaceutical sciences researchers have discovered a protein's previously unknown role in cell division. The well known protein ATF5 controls how often specific genes are copied from DNA. But ... read more

Innovative Algorithm Is Helping Scientists Decipher How Drugs Work Inside the Body

July 23, 2015 — Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that is helping scientists see how drugs produce pharmacological effects inside the body. The study could help researchers create drugs that are more ... 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

Fighting Mosquito Resistance to Insecticides

July 23, 2015 — Controlling mosquitoes that carry human diseases is a global health challenge as their ability to resist insecticides now threatens efforts to prevent epidemics. Scientists have identified new ... 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

Novel Algorithm Identifies DNA Copy-Number Landscapes in African American Colon Cancers

July 23, 2015 — The algorithm ENVE could be the Google for genetic aberrations. The findings about the algorithm distinguishes “noise” from real evidence, as well as some genetic characteristics of colon cancer ... 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

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