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May 6, 2016 — Any kid who pulls on a lizard tail knows it can drop off to avoid capture, but how they regrow a new tail remains a mystery. Now, researchers have identified tiny RNA switches, known as microRNAs, ... read more

May 5, 2016 — The ongoing Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic with its link to birth defects and serious immune disease has created an urgent need for a small animal model that can improve our understanding of how the ... read more

Testing Non-Breast Cancer Genes in High-Risk Women Leaves More Questions Than Answers

May 5, 2016 — Running large, multi-gene sequencing panels to assess cancer risk is a growing trend in medicine as the price of the technology declines and more precise approaches to cancer care gain steam. The ... read more

May 5, 2016 — Translation efficiency and poly (A) tail length are not linearly correlated and only coupled in limited range, report scientists. This research is, 'helping to build the foundation for further ... read more

May 5, 2016 — Researchers have identified a vital supply route that cancer cells use to obtain their nutrients, in a discovery that could lead to new treatments to stop the growth of tumors. The research team ... read more

May 5, 2016 — Researchers are shedding new light on the cell division process, key in embryonic development, and the growth and proliferation of tumors. The study identifies the agents that prevent cells from ... read more

May 4, 2016 — There may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism, new research ... read more

May 4, 2016 — A newly discovered tumor gene may help to predict survival outcomes in patients with cancer of the mouth and tongue. If the gene is expressed (turned on), patients are 4.6 times more likely to die at ... read more

Faster, Cheaper Way to Produce New Antibiotics

May 4, 2016 — A novel way of synthesizing a promising new antibiotic has been identified by scientists. By expressing the genes involved in the production of pleuromutilin in a different type of fungus, the ... read more

Autism and Cancer Share a Remarkable Number of Risk Genes in Common

May 3, 2016 — Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for ... read more

May 3, 2016 — When given to old rats, the drug, which is known to affect signaling by the neurotransmitter glutamate, reversed many age-related changes that occur in a brain region key to learning and memory. The ... read more

Scientists Reveal How Cell Corrects Errors Made in Gene Transcription

May 3, 2016 — The dynamics of the RNA polymerase II (Pol II) backtracking process is poorly understood. Scientists have now built a Markov State Model from extensive molecular dynamics simulations to identify ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Scientists raise are raising awareness that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety. Herbal remedies are an overlooked global ... read more

Watch Immune Cells 'Glue' Broken Blood Vessels Back Together

May 3, 2016 — As we age, tiny blood vessels in the brain stiffen and sometimes rupture, causing 'microbleeds.' This damage has been associated with neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline, but ... read more

Mother's Hepatitis B Supports Chronic Infection in Children, Study Finds

May 3, 2016 — Chronic hepatitis B infection could one day be cleared from a person's system with a series of shots. 'Hepatic macrophages' -- liver immune cells that eliminate foreign substances and ... read more

Scientists Double Number of Known Genetic Risk Factors for Endometrial Cancer

May 3, 2016 — Researchers have identified five new gene regions that increase a woman's risk of developing endometrial cancer, one of the most common cancers to affect women, taking the number of known gene ... read more

Combining Pap, hrHPV Tests Could Drastically Reduce Cancer Miss Rates

May 3, 2016 — Cytopathology researchers recently found that combining two diagnostic tests, Pap and high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV), dramatically decreased the chance of missing tumors and high-grade ... read more

New Function of Genes Found Linked to Fanconi Anemia and Certain Types of Cancer

May 3, 2016 — An important new function of genes in the Fanconi anemia pathway has been identified by researchers – a finding that could have implications for development of new therapies to treat this disorder ... read more

Genetic Switch Could Be Key to Increased Health, Lifespan

May 2, 2016 — Stressing a worm's mitochondria at a key time in early development is known to improve their metabolic health and extend lifespan. Researchers discovered what's behind this: enzymes that ... read more

May 2, 2016 — In a study of 36 women -- 16 diagnosed with ovarian cancer and a control group of 20 with no cancer diagnosis -- nearly all of the women were found to carry cancer-associated gene mutations. The ... read more

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