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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Feb. 17, 2017 — Nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD) is a processing pathway in cells that, like a broom, cleans up erroneous RNA. Biomedical scientists report that they have come up with a method in the lab that ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Alpha cells in the pancreas can be induced in living mice to quickly and efficiently become insulin-producing beta cells when the expression of just two genes is blocked, according to a ... read more

Researchers Develop Potential Treatment for Fatal Kidney Disease

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have developed a potential drug to treat polycystic kidney disease -- an incurable genetic disease that often leads to end-stage kidney ... read more

Prebiotic Evolution: Hairpins Help Each Other out

Feb. 16, 2017 — The evolution of cells and organisms is thought to have been preceded by a phase in which informational molecules like DNA could be replicated selectively. New work shows that hairpin structures make ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Results of the largest genome-wide association study on proteomics to date reports 539 associations between protein levels and genetic variants. These associations overlap with risk genes for 42 ... read more

Signals from Fat May Aid Diagnostics and Treatments

Feb. 15, 2017 — Scientists now have identified a route by which fat also can deliver a form of small RNAs called microRNAs that helps to regulate other organs. This mechanism may offer the potential to develop an ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — New research shows how epithelial cells naturally turn over, maintaining constant numbers between cell division and cell ... read more

Scientists Take Aim at Obesity-Linked Protein

Feb. 15, 2017 — Scientists have shown that deleting the gene for this protein, known as IP6K1, protects animal models from both obesity and ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers is exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a protein called “hemagglutinin” ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Less aggressive cancers are known to have an intact genome--the complete set of genes in a cell--while the genome of more aggressive cancers tends to have a great deal of abnormalities. Now, a new ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Keeping blood sugar levels within a safe range is key to managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, researchers have ... read more

Imbalance of Calcium in a Cell's Energy Factory May Drive Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 14, 2017 — Calcium in the mitochondria -- the energy factory of cells -- may be one of the keys to understanding and treating Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers have now identified how an ... read more

Researchers Identify New Process to Raise Natural Armies of Cancer-Targeting T Lymphocytes

Feb. 14, 2017 — A new culture method has been discovered that unlocks the natural fighter function of immune T cells when they are passing through the bloodstream. This allows T cell armies to be raised directly ... read more

Scientists Show 'Matchmaker' Role for Protein Behind SMA

Feb. 14, 2017 — Cell biologists have a detailed picture for what they think the SMN (survival of motor neurons) protein is doing, and how its deficiency causes problems in SMA patients' cells. This new work ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Clinical trials for genome editing of the human germline -- adding, removing, or replacing DNA base pairs in gametes or early embryos -- could be permitted in the future, but only for serious ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — New research findings could provide new insight and understanding of congenital heart ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Scientists have developed a new RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutic agent that safely blocked ocular inflammation in mice, potentially making it a new treatment for human uveitis and diabetic ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — New research provides insight into the development of zebrafish eyes using imaging and bioengineering techniques in live zebrafish ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — A new tool has been developed that maps functional areas of the genome to better understand ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — New research shows why calorie restriction made mice live longer and healthier ... read more

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