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New assay screens human brain organoids, doubles known candidate genes for microcephaly
A new tissue screening assay for human cerebral organoids identified 25 additional candidate genes for microcephaly, nearly doubling the number of currently known genes linked to the rare neurological condition. (2020-10-29)

Scientists map the human proteome
Twenty years after the release of the human genome, the genetic 'blueprint' of human life, an international research team, including the University of British Columbia's Chris Overall, has now mapped the first draft sequence of the human proteome. (2020-10-19)

Genetics of schizophrenia in South African Xhosa informs understanding for all human populations
In the first genetic analysis of schizophrenia in an ancestral African population, the South African Xhosa, researchers report that individuals with schizophrenia are more likely to carry rare damaging genetic mutations than those who are well. (2020-01-30)

Differences in human and non-human primate saliva may be caused by diet
Humans are known to be genetically similar to our primate relatives. But major differences can be found in our saliva, according to new research by scientists at the Forsyth Institute and the University of Buffalo. (2019-10-31)

Seeing is believing: Monitoring real time changes during cell division
Scientist have cast new light on the behaviour of tiny hair-like structures called cilia found on almost every cell in the body. Cilia play important roles in human development and disease. Akin to tiny antennae, they act as cell timers keeping the brakes on cell division until the right growth cues are received. Malfunction of cilia leads to many human diseases such as polycystic kidney disease and cancer. (2018-11-19)

Cross-species links identified for osteoarthritis
New research from the University of Liverpool, published today in the journal NPJ Systems Biology and Applications, has identified 'cell messages' that could help identify the early stages of osteoarthritis. (2017-05-17)

Longer telomeres may shield mice from age-related human diseases
Researchers in Deepak Srivastava's laboratory at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease hypothesized that mice may be protected from age-associated human diseases due to the relatively longer length of their telomeres, the regions at the end of chromosomes that help guard against deterioration. In work published this week in the JCI, the researchers used mice with shortened telomeres to examine a genetic defect that causes an age-associated congenital heart disease in humans. (2017-03-27)

Infectious and non-infectious etiologies of cardiovascular disease in human immunodeficiency virus i
Less than fifty percent of HIV-infected patients achieve viral suppression in medically underserved areas. Clinicians practicing in these areas must be aware of the manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular complications observed in patients with untreated or poorly treated HIV. (2016-08-03)

HPV vaccine found safe in girls and women with autoimmune diseases
In a recent study of girls and women diagnosed with at least one autoimmune disease, vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) did not increase the risk of developing another autoimmune disease. In fact, being vaccinated was associated with a slightly reduced risk compared with not being vaccinated. (2016-08-01)

Could a noncoding RNA be a new drug target for heart disease?
A new study uncovers a type of noncoding RNA that drives heart failure in mice as a potential therapeutic target for heart disease. (2016-02-17)

New stem cell research removes reliance on human and animal cells
A new study, published today in the journal Applied Materials & Interfaces, has found a new method for growing human embryonic stem cells, that doesn't rely on supporting human or animal cells. (2014-02-05)

Study examines potential transmission of AD, Parkinson's disease protein in cadaver hGH
A group of recipients of cadaver-derived human growth hormone (c-hGH) does not appear to be at increased risk for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease despite their likely exposure to neurodegenerative disease (ND)-associated proteins and elevated risk of infectious prion protein-related disease, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-02-04)

High fever and evidence of a virus? Caution, it still may be Kawasaki disease
Clinicians should take caution when diagnosing a child who has a high fever and whose tests show evidence of adenovirus, and not assume the virus is responsible for Kawasaki-like symptoms. According to a new study from Nationwide Children's Hospital appearing in Clinical Infectious Diseases, adenovirus detection is not uncommon among children with Kawasaki disease. (2012-11-05)

Toward new drugs for the human and non-human cells in people
Amid the growing recognition that only a small fraction of the cells and genes in a typical human being are human, scientists are suggesting a revolutionary approach to developing new medicines and treatments to target both the human and non-human components of people. That's the topic of an article, which reviews work relating to this topic from almost 100 studies, in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research. (2012-07-11)

Ozone treated water v. lethal microbial material
A University of Alberta research team has discovered that technology commonly used to decontaminate food industry equipment can also rid meat processing plants of lethal microbial material responsible for the human version of the ailment Mad Cow disease. (2012-03-02)

Stem cell study could aid motor neurone disease research
Scientists have discovered a new way to generate human motor nerve cells in a development that will help research into motor neurone disease. A team from the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and Cardiff has created a range of motor neurons -- nerves cells that send messages from the brain and spine to other parts of the body -- from human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory. (2011-03-01)

Communication breakdown: Early defects in sensory synapses in motor neuron disease
New research using a mouse model of the motor neuron disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) reveals an abnormality in the way that sensory information is relayed to motor neurons in the spinal cord. Importantly, this disruption in communication occurs very early in disease progression and precedes the neuronal death and muscle weakness that are the hallmark of the disease. (2011-02-09)

Cellular pathway could provide evidence of how cancer and obesity are linked
University of Alberta researcher Richard Lamb is on his way to understanding the correlation between cancer and obesity and it's a good example of how the scientific process works. (2010-03-15)

EPA funds ground-breaking Lyme disease research
In the U.S, Lyme disease is the most frequently reported disease that can be passed from animals to humans. These animal-borne diseases can make people very sick, and proper anticipation of disease outbreaks and effective intervention are crucial to protecting the public. Scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY recently received $750,000 in grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to help safeguard human health by gaining a better understanding of the Lyme disease life cycle. (2008-07-31)

Cholera study provides exciting new way of looking at infectious disease
Scientists in Italy have discovered a new perspective in the study of infectious disease. (2008-05-02)

48th annual Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia Marriott, March 7-11, 2007
Members of the press are invited to attend the 48th annual Drosophila Research Converence to be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel from March 7-11, 2007. There will be over 1,300 attendees at the meeting with 1,000 platform and poster presentations. (2007-01-11)

Diffusion-weighted MRI can diagnose 'mad cow'-related disease in humans before symptoms show
Diffusion-weighted MRI is (2005-02-01)

UK researcher uncovers clues to Alzheimer's disease
University of Kentucky chemistry professor Allan Butterfield has uncovered new clues about how brain cells are damaged by Alzheimer's disease, evidence suggesting vitamin E may help prevent the debilitating illness. (2004-11-01)

Avian influenza: The threat looms
The potential threat of avian influenza is discussed in this week's editorial. Five human deaths have been reported in Vietnam up to Jan 20, 2004. The disease is caused by influenza virus type A, and infects many animal species. (2004-01-22)

Ingenium publishes biological characterization of first mouse model for kidney stones
Ingenium Pharmaceuticals AG announced today the publication in the journal Human Molecular Genetics of the first mouse model for cystinuria type I, a disease commonly known as kidney stones. The mouse mimics the clinical manifestations of the human disease and represents a novel model for researching therapeutic approaches. (2003-09-03)

A new vision for human security
This week's editorial discusses the implications for global health on a recently published report by the Commission on Human Security-which defines security in terms of human development, human rights, and democracy-and highlights WHO's vital future role in ensuring the report is implemented. (2003-05-15)

Researchers identify gene involved in autoimmune disease
Researchers have identified a gene that appears to be a critical factor in autoimmune disease, according to a study to be published in the July 26 issue of Science. The research, performed by scientists at the University of Virginia and the University of Vermont Schools of Medicine and colleagues at other universities, might provide a unique view at the molecular defects underlying autoimmune disease. (2002-07-25)

Researchers Convene To Discuss New Findings Linking DNA Repeats To Human Disease
Leading researchers in the genetics of human disease will share cutting edge findings on the link between unstable microsatellites - DNA repeats - and Fragile X syndrome, Huntington's disease, Friedreich's ataxia, Kennedy's disease, Spinocerebellar ataxias, and muscular dystrophy. (1999-04-13)

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