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Better understanding ALS by looking at how cells change
Eight years in the making, a discovery by neuroscientists in Montreal highlights the value of long-term, fundamental research and provides important information for future drug targets. (2018-03-18)
Researchers join forces to improve life for children with genetic disorder
The achievements of three girls who received intensive therapy through the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute's Neuromotor Research Clinic based on innovative pediatric neurorehabilitation research have been documented in a report published in BMC Research Notes. (2018-03-16)
Human 'chimeric' cells restore crucial protein in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Cells made by fusing a normal human muscle cell with a muscle cell from a person with Duchenne muscular dystrophy -- a rare but fatal form of muscular dystrophy -- were able to significantly improve muscle function when implanted into the muscles of a mouse model of the disease. (2018-03-16)
Nanostructures created at UCLA could make gene therapies safer, faster & more affordable
UCLA scientists have developed a new method that utilizes microscopic splinter-like structures called 'nanospears' for the targeted delivery of biomolecules such as genes straight to patient cells. (2018-03-14)
Flood, drought and disease tolerant -- one gene to rule them all
A newly discovered gene in rice confers flood tolerance, drought tolerance and disease resistance, and the discovery of the gene is a major step forward on the quest to produce climate smart crops. (2018-03-13)
Mesenchymal stem cell therapy: Holding promise for feline inflammatory diseases
Stem cell therapy is acknowledged as having great potential for the treatment of a variety of diseases in both people and animals. (2018-03-13)
Sit, stay, heal: Study finds therapy dogs help stressed university students
Therapy dog sessions for stressed-out students are an increasingly popular offering at North American universities. (2018-03-12)
Are adolescents with mental health conditions more likely to receive opioids?
Adolescents with a wide range of preexisting mental health conditions and treatments were more likely to progress from an initial opioid prescription to long-term opioid therapy than adolescents without those conditions, although long-term opioid therapy was uncommon overall. (2018-03-12)
Heat shock system helps bug come back to life after drying up
The larva of the sleeping chironomid, Polypedilum vanderplanki -- a mosquito-like insect that inhabits semi-arid areas of Africa -- is well known for being able to come back to life after being nearly completely desiccated, losing up to 97 percent of its body's water content. (2018-03-09)
ZMapp antibody delivered by viral vector protects against Ebola infection
A new study comparing the effectiveness of individual ZMapp antibodies versus a cocktail of antibodies, administered to mice using recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) delivery vectors, showed the ability to achieve 100% protection against infection by Ebola virus. (2018-03-09)
Inherited mutation leads to overproduction of EPO
A newly-discovered hereditary mutation is responsible for an increased production of erythropoietin (EPO) in the blood. (2018-03-08)
Russian scientists prove the possibility of creating liposomal form of porphyrazine photosensitizer
A team of Nizhny Novgorod researchers led by Dr. V.A. (2018-03-07)
Mapping a genetic risk
Clinicians and health researchers often look at gene mutation to predict whether a fetus is at risk for a birth defect, or a person is at risk of developing a disease, but these predictions are not always accurate. (2018-03-07)
Northeastern researchers identify 36 new genes implicated in cardiac disease
A Northeastern University professor has developed a new personalized method to discover genes implicated in complex diseases. (2018-03-07)
Guidelines needed for use of therapy animals in mental health treatment
Therapy animals are used in the treatment of both mental and physical health issues, however this important form of therapy is not regulated, which leaves it open to misuse and misunderstanding by those who deliver it and the wider community. (2018-03-07)
UC Davis researchers find new way to defeat HIV latency
Researchers at UC Davis Health, together with colleagues at UC San Francisco and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have found a mechanism for making HIV come out of hiding and become susceptible to anti-HIV drugs. (2018-03-07)
Neuroprotective mechanisms of gene and cell therapy of spinal cord injuries
Genetically modified stem and progenitor cells overexpressing NTFs have recently attracted special attention of researchers and are most promising for the purposes of regenerative medicine. (2018-03-06)
Bioengineering team's 'circuit' work may benefit gene therapy
Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have designed genetic 'circuits' out of living cellular material in order to gain a better understanding of how proteins function, with the goal of making improvements. (2018-03-06)
CRISPR enhances cancer immunotherapy
The FDA recently approved the first cellular immunotherapies to treat certain blood cancers. (2018-03-06)
University of Guelph researchers reveal new way to potentially fight Ebola
University of Guelph researchers have shown an innovative antibody delivery method could be an effective way to prevent and treat Ebola infection. (2018-03-06)
Researchers pinpoint gene responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism
Researchers found alterations of the gene thousand and one amino-acid kinase 2, known as TAOK2, plays a direct role in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. (2018-03-05)
New gene therapy corrects a form of inherited macular degeneration in canine model
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have developed a gene therapy that successfully treats a form of macular degeneration in a canine model. (2018-03-05)
Prognostic role of elevated mir-24-3p in breast cancer
Using nanostring and RNA-sequencing technologies researchers from the NYU School of Medicine, the Perlmutter Cancer Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School identified mi R-24-3p as a potential novel marker of breast cancer metastases in breast cancer. (2018-03-01)
Scientists link genes to brain anatomy in autism
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has discovered that specific genes are linked to individual differences in brain anatomy in autistic children. (2018-02-27)
Enabling technology for emerging gene therapies
For years, researchers have attempted to harness the full potential of gene therapy, a technique that inserts genes into a patient's cells to treat cancer and other diseases. (2018-02-27)
Scientists move closer to treatment for Huntington's disease
Researchers show that a new version of the CRISPR/Cas9 system -- a modern tool for editing DNA -- is safer and more specific than versions previously used to remove the disease-causing DNA sequence in the defective gene that causes Huntington's disease. (2018-02-26)
Decoding the structure of huntingtin
Determining the three dimensional structure of the protein could help to develop new treatments of Huntington's disease. (2018-02-22)
Sandhoff disease study shows proof of principle for gene therapy
NIH researchers studying a fatal childhood genetic illness called Sandhoff disease uncover new details about how it develops in utero that indicate gene therapy has potential. (2018-02-22)
A delivery platform for gene-editing technology
A nanomaterial coating enables efficient delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 machinery into the cell. (2018-02-20)
Mouse model of intellectual disability isolates learning gene
Adult male mice lacking a gene linked to intellectual disability have trouble completing and remembering mazes, with no changes in social or repetitive behavior, according to new research published in JNeurosci. (2018-02-19)
Chinese research advances highlighted in special issue of Human Gene Therapy
China is helping to advance gene and cell therapy and genome editing research and clinical development by creating novel viral and nonviral vectors for gene delivery and innovative applications of CRISPR technology in a broad range of disease areas. (2018-02-16)
Can our genes help predict how women respond to ovarian cancer treatment?
New research, led by Professor Anna deFazio from the Westmead Institute and Westmead Hospital, has shown that the genes we inherit can have a significant impact on how the body processes chemotherapy drugs, which may lead to different clinical outcomes for ovarian cancer patients. (2018-02-15)
Gene taxi with turbo drive
Scientists at the German Primate Center improve DNA transfer in gene therapy. (2018-02-15)
First comparison of common breast cancer tests finds varied accuracy of predictions
Commercially available prognostic breast cancer tests show significant variation in their abilities to predict disease recurrence, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London of nearly 800 postmenopausal women. (2018-02-15)
Brain sciences researcher pinpoints brain circuit that triggers fear relapse
Steve Maren, the Claude H. Everett Jr. '47 Chair of Liberal Arts professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University, and his Emotion and Memory Systems Laboratory (EMSL) have made a breakthrough discovery in the process of fear relapse. (2018-02-13)
Gene expression patterns may help determine time of death
International team of scientists led by Roderic Guigó at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona shows that changes in gene expression in different tissues can be used to predict the time of death of individuals. (2018-02-13)
UCLA scientists develop low-cost way to build gene sequences
A new method pioneered by UCLA researchers enables an average biochemistry laboratory to make its own gene sequences for only about $2 per gene, a process that previously would require its researchers to pay a commercial vendor $50 to $100 per gene. (2018-02-13)
Newly discovered gene may protect against heart disease
Scientists have identified a gene that may play a protective role in preventing heart disease. (2018-02-13)
Huntington's disease provides new cancer weapon
Patients with Huntington's disease, a fatal genetic illness that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain, have up to 80 percent less cancer than the general population. (2018-02-12)
Research offers new insight into workings of building blocks of life
Pioneering new research could offer a fascinating new insight into how genomic information is read. (2018-02-12)
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