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August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016

New Technique Takes Guesswork out of IVF Embryo Selection

Aug. 25, 2016 — Researchers have successfully trialed a new technique that could aid the process of choosing the "best" embryo for implantation, helping to boost the chances of pregnancy success from the ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — There's no need to reinvent the genetic wheel. That's one lesson of a new study that looks to the saliva of humans, gorillas, orangutans, macaques and African green monkeys for insights ... read more

Coffee Drinking Habits Can Be Written in Our DNA, Study Finds

Aug. 25, 2016 — Researchers have identified a gene that appears to curb coffee consumption. People with a DNA variation in a gene called PDSS2 tend to drink fewer cups of coffee, the study ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a rare and sometimes lethal inflammatory disease -- otulipenia -- that primarily affects young children. They have also identified anti-inflammatory treatments that ease ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Researchers have succeeded in creating embryos with 'heteroplasmy,' or the presence of both maternal and paternal mitochondrial DNA. This new innovation will allow scientists to study ... read more

Transcription Factor Foxn1 and Preserving Immune Function in Later Life

Aug. 22, 2016 — Researchers use new experimental models and analytical tools to investigate genes regulated by Foxn1, becoming the first to identify the DNA sequence bound by the transcription factor. Among the ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — In doses equivalent to those used regularly in human children, antibiotics changed the mix of gut microbes in young mice to dramatically increase their risk for type 1 ... read more

Two Key Proteins Preserve Vital Genetic Information

Aug. 22, 2016 — New research demonstrates how two key proteins mediate the organization of chromosomes and our genome, shedding light on one of the key genetic processes for every person. With this key basic ... read more

Aug. 19, 2016 — There are a couple strains of herpes so common that researchers estimate 90% of the human population have them. These strains, human herpes 6 and human herpes 7, usually do not cause severe symptoms ... read more

Fruit Flies Could Be Key to Fighting Cervical Cancer Caused by Human Papillomavirus

Aug. 18, 2016 — HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the US and has been identified as a cause of cancer in women. A team of researchers has completed studies on fruit flies with a ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — Researchers have identified the protein that norovirus uses to invade cells. Norovirus is the most common viral cause of diarrhea worldwide, but scientists still know little about how it infects ... read more

Uncovering a New Pathway to Halting Metastasis

Aug. 18, 2016 — New research could lead to new therapies to treat patients who suffer from metastatic disease, report scientists. Metastasis, the process by which cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread to ... read more

New Strategy to Reverse the Disease Dyskeratosis Congenita

Aug. 18, 2016 — A link between telomeres and a molecular signaling cascade called the Wnt pathway has been identified by researchers, which may point to a treatment option for dyskeratosis congenita patients. ... read more

Unexplained Developmental Disorder Linked to Gene Involved in Essential Cellular Processes

Aug. 18, 2016 — A neurodevelopmental disorder for which there was no known cause has been linked to SON, a gene that is involved in essential mechanisms a cell uses to translate DNA into protein, as well as in DNA ... read more

Heart Muscle Made from Stem Cells Aid Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, Study Shows

Aug. 18, 2016 — Heart muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem cells faithfully mirror the expression patterns of key genes in the donor's native heart tissue, according to researchers. As a result, the ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — Structural biologists provide a new explanation for how ALS-associated genetic flaws interfere with the proper function and behavior of the protein ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — Scientists have used CRISPR gene editing technology and live cell, single molecule microscopy to watch in real-time, for the first time, the essential interaction between telomerase and ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds. Usually, infections with these viruses are harmless ... read more

Genetic Tests for Potentially Fatal Heart Anomaly Can Misdiagnose Condition in Black Americans

Aug. 17, 2016 — Researchers trace the roots of this diagnostic disparity to the lack of racial diversity in decades-old studies that misidentified benign genetic variants as disease causing. Benign variants on genes ... read more

Of Mice and Muscles: How Do Athletes Endure Their Grueling Runs, Swims, and Rides?

Aug. 17, 2016 — As the Rio Olympic Games continue, many armchair spectators of the Games may be wondering: How do those athletes endure their grueling runs, swims, and ... read more

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