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April 30, 2016

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April 30, 2016

Four New Genetic Diseases Defined Within Schizophrenia

Apr. 28, 2016 — Changes in key genes define four previously unknown conditions within schizophrenia, according to a study. Unlike "big data" genetic studies, which have loosely linked hundreds of genetic ... read more

Study Pinpoints Mechanism That Allows Cells With Faulty DNA to Reproduce

Apr. 28, 2016 — Researchers have figured out how some cells do an end-run on replication quality control -- opening the door to developing new cancer-quashing ... read more

Stem Cells Know How to Open Up and Unwind

Apr. 28, 2016 — Research has revealed a new understanding of how an open genome structure supports the long-term and unrestricted developmental potential in embryonic stem cells. This insight provides new avenues ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A protein called Musashi-2 regulates the function and development of important blood stem cells. This knowledge provides new strategies that can be used to control the growth of these cells -- cells ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Why does addiction vulnerability differ from individual to individual? For the first time, scientists have shown in selectively bred animals that the propensity for addiction is linked to differences ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — A drug that slows protein production may help neurons affected by a genetic disease, report scientists. Rapamycin has been shown to extend lifespan and reduce symptoms in a broad range of diseases ... read more

Retroviral DNA Needs Time to Find Its Home, but Insertion Happens in a Blink

Apr. 26, 2016 — Retroviruses such as HIV must insert their viral DNA into host-cell DNA. A new study reveals details about the viral DNA's search for an insertion point. The findings could help improve ... read more

MicroRNA Pathway Could Lead to New Avenues for Leukemia Treatment

Apr. 26, 2016 — A particular signaling route in microRNA (miR-22) has been identified that could lead to targets for acute myeloid leukemia, the most common type of fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers have solved the three-dimensional structure of a gene repression complex that is known to play a role in cancer. The study focuses on three protein components which make up the core of ... read more

First Ever Vaccine for Deadly Parasitic Infection May Help Prevent Another Global Outbreak

Apr. 26, 2016 — As the threat of the Zika virus rips through the Americas and news headlines, another more deadly tropical disease is also on the move: Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection that currently endangers ... read more

Radiant Zinc Fireworks Reveal Human Egg Quality

Apr. 26, 2016 — A stunning explosion of zinc fireworks occurs when a human egg is activated by a sperm enzyme, and the size of these 'sparks' is a direct measure of the quality of the egg and its ability ... read more

Changes in 'Microbiome' During Canine Atopic Dermatitis Could Lead to Antibiotic-Free Therapies for Human, Canine Disease

Apr. 25, 2016 — How atopic dermatitis (AD) arises isn't yet fully understood, but a new study has uncovered important insights about the association of AD in dogs compared to ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — A system of modular proteins that can be used to track or manipulate RNA inside living cells has been developed by researchers. The new strategy is based on human RNA-binding proteins that normally ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Low levels of vitamin D in black teens correlates with low activity of a major mechanism for controlling gene expression that may increase their risk of cancer and other disease, researchers ... read more

Atrophosclerodermic Manifestations of Lyme Borreliosis

Apr. 25, 2016 — The literature on scleratrophic skin lesions as a manifestation of a Borrelia infection has been summarized by ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — The largest ever study of global genetic variation in the human Y chromosome has uncovered the hidden history of men. Research reveals explosions in male population numbers in five continents, ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Researchers shed light on the role of inositol phosphate molecules in gene regulatory ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Researchers have discovered which enzyme enables Escherichia coli bacterium to breathe. E. coli uses special enzymes to breathe, which are absent in the human body. This opens the door to the ... read more

Altered Primary Chromatin Structures: Implications in Cancer Development

Apr. 25, 2016 — Alterations in the primary structure of chromatin resulting from imprecise arrangements of nucleosomes along DNA has been the focus of recent research, and in particular, its functional implications ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — A specific gene that plays a key role in an inherited eye disorder has been identified by researchers. The discovery solves a 20 year-old puzzle for a family in Liverpool who all developed epithelial ... read more

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