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April 08, 2012
Sugar production switch in liver may offer target for new diabetes therapies
In their extraordinary quest to decode human metabolism, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered a pair of molecules that regulates the liver's production of glucose -- the simple sugar that is the source of energy in human cells and the central player in diabetes.

Experts identify critical genes mutated in stomach cancer
An international team of scientists, led by researchers from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) in Singapore and National Cancer Center of Singapore, has identified hundreds of novel genes that are mutated in stomach cancer, the second-most lethal cancer worldwide.

New 'genetic bar code' technique establishes ability to derive DNA information from RNA
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have developed a method to derive enough DNA information from non-DNA sources -- such as RNA -- to clearly identify individuals whose biological data are stored in massive research repositories.

Genes identified for common childhood obesity
Genetics researchers have identified at least two new gene variants that increase the risk of common childhood obesity.

Trinity researchers report major eye disease breakthrough
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that a part of the immune system called the inflammasome is involved in regulating the development of one of the most common forms of blindness, called age-related macular degeneration.
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