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HudsonAlpha to Deploy New Genomics Sequencing Technology to Diagnose Children in...

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a genomics and genetics research institute in Huntsville, Ala., will use a new genomic sequencing system to conduct additional diagnostic...
gene repair

By Solving a Mystery of Gene Repair, Scientists Uncover an Exception...

About 15 years ago, UNC Lineberger’s Dale Ramsden, PhD, was looking through a textbook with one of his students when they stumbled upon a scientific...
inflammation

Long Noncoding RNA Identified as a Key Regulator of Inflammation

Scientists have identified an RNA molecule with broad powers to regulate the body's inflammatory response to infection and injury. Called lincRNA-Cox2, it belongs to...
allergic asthma

Pathway to Resolve Allergic Asthma Is Discovered

A group of Brazilian researchers succeeded in preventing allergic asthma from progressing in experimental models by increasing the amount of a protein. This increase...
bacterial DNA

Researchers Target Protein That Protects Bacteria’s DNA ‘Recipes’

Bacteria cause many serious illnesses, from food poisoning to pneumonia. The challenge for scientists is that disease-causing bacteria are extraordinarily resilient. For example, when...
autoimmune diseases

Study Advances Understanding of How Autoimmune Diseases Develop

The human immune system sometimes fails to recognize tissue and organs as healthy body parts and attacks them as if they were harmful invaders....
Melatonin

Melatonin Levels Can Be Used as an Indicator of Tumor Malignity

Evaluating the capacity of tumor cells to produce the hormone melatonin could become a novel strategy for measuring degrees of malignity in some types...
enhancers

Imaging in Living Cells Reveals How ‘Junk DNA’ Switches on a...

These pieces of DNA are part of over 90 percent of the genetic material that are not genes. Researchers now know that this “junk...
diabetes

Path to Successful Diabetes Drug Trial Began with Simple Question

Anath Shalev, M.D., has bridged a gap that few biomedical researchers achieve — moving from basic lab bench research to a clinical therapy that...
endocrine disrupting chemicalsvideo

Administering Hormones Affects DNA

In pigs, endocrine disruptors can alter gene expression in a way that also affects the next generation. This has been shown by a team...
Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome

Genes Linking Alzheimer’s and down Syndrome Discovered

Scientists are a step closer to understanding which genes are responsible for early onset Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome, thanks to a...
liver disease

Gut Bacteria Markers Could Be a ‘Smoking Gun’ for Liver Disease

The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, hint at the potential for chemical by-products produced by the microbes living inside us to be used...
senescent cells

Cells Stop Dividing When This Gene Kicks into High Gear

Scientists seeking to unlock the secrets of cellular aging have identified a gene that triggers senescence, a phenomenon in which cells stop dividing.Senescence is...
Muscle-Wasting Diseasevideo

New Lab Technology Could Reveal Treatments for Muscle-Wasting Disease

DMD is a genetic disorder causing muscle degeneration and weakness, caused by an absence of the protein dystrophin. DMD usually affects only boys, with...
tuberculosis and Parkinson’s disease

Link Between Tuberculosis and Parkinson’s Disease Discovered

The mechanism our immune cells use to clear bacterial infections like tuberculosis (TB) might also be implicated in Parkinson's disease, according to a new...
Cholesterol vaccine

‘Cholesterol Vaccine’: Twice-Yearly Jab Could Help to Halve ‘Bad’ Cholesterol

Researchers say the drug, which works by silencing genes in the liver and could be delivered by injection at a GP surgery just twice...
genetics

Scientists Discover Gene Controlling Genetic Recombination Rates

Genetics is a crapshoot. During sexual reproduction, genes from both the mother and the father mix and mingle to produce a genetic combination unique...
artificial mole

An Artificial Mole as an Early Warning Sign

Alongside cardiovascular disease, cancer has become the top cause of death in industrialised countries. Many of those affected are diagnosed only after the tumour...
diabetes

This Gene Affects How Some Women Store Fat – and Increases...

A natural variation of the gene KLF14 causes some women to store fat on their bellies and hips and puts them at significantly increased risk of Type...
tuberculosis

Activity of Two Genes Able to Predict Active Tuberculosis

The closer the contact someone has with individuals with tuberculosis, the more likely they are to become infected with the pathogen. However, only about...