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Novel gene target shows promise for bladder cancer detection and treatment
Scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center have provided evidence from preclinical experiments that a gene known as melanoma differentiation associated gene-9/syntenin (mda-9/syntenin) could be used as a therapeutic target to kill bladder cancer cells, help prevent metastasis and even be used to non-invasively diagnose the disease and monitor its progression. View News Article (2013-07-25)

New strain of virulent airborne fungi, unique to Oregon, is set to spread
A newly discovered strain of an airborne fungus has caused several deaths in Oregon and seems poised to move into California and other adjacent areas, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.  View News Article (2010-04-23)

23andMe study uncovers the genetics of motion sickness
23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, today announced the publication of the first ever genome-wide association study of motion sickness.  View News Article (2015-02-03)

Improving survival of pig sperm
Although U.S. cattle genetics are exported all over the world in the form of frozen semen, the same is not true for pigs because boar semen does not freeze well. View News Article (2013-04-25)

A shorter time to the first cigarette of the day is associated with risk of lung cancer
Standard markers of nicotine dependency include cigarettes smoked per day, duration of smoking, and cumulative exposure (pack years), but another marker of addiction, time to first cigarette (TTFC) of the day, may also be associated with the risk of getting lung cancer in both heavy and light smokers. View News Article (2014-06-20)

Tiny worm sheds light on giant mystery about neurons
Scientists have identified a gene that keeps our nerve fibers from clogging up. Researchers in Ken Miller's laboratory at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) found that the unc-16 gene of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans encodes a gatekeeper that restricts flow of cellular organelles from the cell body to the axon, a long, narrow extension that neurons use for signaling. View News Article (2013-04-30)

Genetics breakthrough by group that includes UF expert will boost diabetes research
The genes that increase the risk of Type 1 diabetes have lost their hiding place. View News Article (2015-03-10)

Researchers discover genetic links to size of brain structures
Five genetic variants that influence the size of structures within the human brain have been discovered by an international team that included a Georgia State University researcher. View News Article (2015-01-26)

Alcohol Tolerance Switch Found in Fruit Flies
Researchers at North Carolina State University have found a genetic "switch" in fruit flies that plays an important role in making flies more tolerant to alcohol. View News Article (2009-10-22)

Vanderbilt researchers, international team, uncover genes linked to multiple sclerosis
An international team of scientists has identified 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis, providing key insights into the biology of an important and very debilitating neurological disease.  View News Article (2011-08-11)

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