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Researchers link gene to cannabis abuse
New research from the national psychiatric project, iPSYCH, shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. (2019-06-18)
Tracking life's first step: Two molecules 'awaken' brand new genome
Within hours after fertilization, a unique genome forms from chromosomes contributed by the egg and sperm. (2019-06-17)
Identifying the risk of recurrence of developmental disorder in future pregnancies
A new study aims to provide healthy couples who have a child affected by a developmental disorder with a personalised pre-conception risk evaluation, in order to determine the likelihood of a future child being affected by the same condition. (2019-06-15)
People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data
The burgeoning field of personal genetics appeals to people who want to learn more about themselves, their family and their propensity for diseases. (2019-06-13)
How the cell protects itself
The cell contains transcripts of the genetic material, which migrate from the cell nucleus to another part of the cell. (2019-06-12)
How artificial intelligence detects rare diseases
Every year, around half a million children worldwide are born with a rare hereditary disease. (2019-06-06)
Cancer research using mini-organs from tumors and healthy tissue
Hans Clevers and David Tuveson, experts in the field of stem cells and organoids, have written a review that summarizes the use of organoids in cancer research and shines a light on prospects for the future. (2019-06-06)
A biomarker for diagnosing celiac disease in people on a gluten-free diet
Researchers at the UPV/EHU and the BioCruces-Bizkaia Institute of Healthcare Research (IIS) have recently published an article in the Human Molecular Genetics journal in which they report on the discovery of a biomarker that could enable celiac disease to be diagnosed in the blood of people on a gluten-free diet. (2019-06-05)
Association for Molecular Pathology expresses serious concerns with Congress' attempt to resurrect human gene patenting debate and reverse settled Supreme Court ruling
AMP has expressed serious concerns with Congress' recent proposal to amend Section 101 of the Patent Act. (2019-06-04)
A treasure map to understanding the epigenetic causes of disease
Researchers have identified special regions of the genome where a blood sample can be used to infer epigenetic regulation throughout the body, allowing scientists to test for epigenetic causes of disease. (2019-06-02)
DNA tests for patients move closer with genome analysis advance
Diseases caused by genetic changes could be detected more readily thanks to an advance in DNA analysis software developed by experts at the University of Edinburgh and the European Bioinformatics Institute at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. (2019-05-30)
Freshwater find: Genetic advantage allows some marine fish to colonize freshwater habitats
Fishes are present in not only marine but also freshwater environments. (2019-05-30)
Scientists uncover a trove of genes that could hold key to how humans evolved
New computational analysis finds that more than two dozen human zinc finger transcription factors, previously thought to control activity of similar genes across species have in fact human-specific roles and could help explain how our species came to be. (2019-05-27)
Growing cardiovascular genetics field calls for special multidisciplinary clinical programs to better identify and treat inherited heart conditions
In a new scientific statement, the American Heart Association supports the creation of specialized multidisciplinary clinical programs that combine cardiovascular medicine and genetics expertise. (2019-05-23)
Scientists create new standard genome for heavily studied worm
A new Cornell University-led study finds that the genome for a widely researched worm, on which countless studies are based, was flawed. (2019-05-23)
Galaxies as 'cosmic cauldrons'
Star formation within interstellar clouds of gas and dust, so-called molecular clouds, proceeds very rapidly yet highly 'inefficiently'. (2019-05-22)
Scientists discover potential breakthrough in the understanding of tumor dormancy
Scientists at VCU Massey Cancer Center may have uncovered a primary method through which cancer cells exist undetected in an organism and received more than $1 million to investigate the potential for novel therapeutics that target and destroy cells in a specific state of tumor dormancy. (2019-05-21)
Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic make-up
A team of Swedish and British scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. (2019-05-17)
Cancer drug could be repurposed to provide treatment for brain aneurysms
An important class of drug used to treat cancer patients could be used to treat brain aneurysms, according to new research published this week. (2019-05-17)
Mining 25 years of data uncovers a new predictor of age of onset for Huntington disease
Investigators at the University of British Columbia (UBC)/Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics (CMMT) and BC Children's Hospital have examined more than 25 years of data to reveal new insights into predicting the age of onset for Huntington disease. (2019-05-16)
Chewing gums reveal the oldest Scandinavian human DNA
The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums, which are masticated lumps made from birch bark pitch. (2019-05-15)
Rice blast fungus study sheds new light on virulence mechanisms of plant pathogenic fungi
A group of scientists at Nanjing Agricultural University and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center examined the fungal cell biology of rice blast fungus pathogenesis and recently published the first systematic and comprehensive report on the molecular mechanism of the actin-binding protein (MoAbp1) that plays a crucial role in the pathogenicity of the fungus. (2019-05-14)
How mutations lead to neurodegenerative disease
Scientists have discovered how mutations in DNA can cause neurodegenerative disease. (2019-05-13)
AMP recommends minimum set of alleles for all clinical CYP2C9 genotyping testing
AMP and CAP have published consensus, evidence-based recommendations to aid in the design and validation of clinical CYP2C9 assays, promote standardization of testing across different laboratories and improve patient care. (2019-05-09)
Why you love coffee and beer
Why do you swig bitter, dark roast coffee while your coworker guzzles sweet cola? (2019-05-02)
How both mother and baby genes affect birth weight
The largest study of its kind has led to new insights into the complex relationships surrounding how mothers' and babies' genes influence birth weight. (2019-05-01)
Genetic defect causing intellectual disability discovered by Sussex scientists
Researchers have discovered a new genetic defect which causes a form of intellectual disability; a finding which will improve global screening programs. (2019-05-01)
Study merges big data and zebrafish biology to reveal mechanisms of human disease
In a series of studies that volleyed between large databases and research in zebrafish, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a link between vascular biology and eye disease. (2019-04-24)
Researchers reveal how bacteria can adapt to resist treatment by antibiotics
In a joint collaboration, researchers from Denmark and Switzerland have shown that bacteria produce a specific stress molecule, divide more slowly, and thus save energy when they are exposed to antibiotics. (2019-04-23)
Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia
Using a unique computational 'framework' they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths in the Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute (VGI) has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia. (2019-04-22)
A history of the Crusades, as told by crusaders' DNA
History can tell us a lot about the Crusades, the series of religious wars fought between 1095 and 1291, in which Christian invaders tried to claim the Near East. (2019-04-18)
Searching for the surface of water through a single molecule
By observing the spectroscopic behavior of single water molecules embedded in a super-cold, cage-like molecular structure, researchers have revealed key features that underlie the diffuse vibrational spectra of hydrogen-oxygen bonds that make studying the two-dimensional surface structure of water a challenge. (2019-04-18)
Opitz C Syndrome: New advances to improve the genetic diagnose of an ultra-rare disease
Opitz C syndrome (OCS), an ultra-rare disease that causes serious physical and intellectual disabilities, has an heterogeneous genetic base that makes its medical diagnostic and therapeutic intervention difficult. (2019-04-04)
Research improves understanding of new form of cell-cell communication
Scientists have improved their understanding of a new form of cell-cell communication that is based on extracellular RNA (exRNA) by developing the exRNA Atlas resource, the first detailed catalog of human exRNAs in bodily fluids. (2019-04-04)
Defining the responsibility to recontact research participants with new genetic findings
ASHG, along with several co-signing organizations, issued a position statement today outlining whether, and to what extent, there is a responsibility to recontact genetic and genomic research participants when new findings emerge that suggest their genetic information should be interpreted differently, which would allow participants to benefit from current genomics advances. (2019-04-04)
Nature versus nurture: Environment exerts greater influence on corn health than genetics
In one of the largest and most diverse leaf microbe studies to date, the team monitored the active bacteria on the leaves of 300 diverse lines of corn growing in a common environment. (2019-04-02)
Novel strategy fights back bacterial antibiotic resistance
A new strategy to combat antibiotic resistance has emerged from a study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine. (2019-04-01)
Researchers discover two, rare genes associated with Alzheimer's disease
Researchers have identified two, extremely rare genetic variants linked to Alzheimer disease (AD) for the first time. (2019-03-29)
Research leads to new molecular diagnostic tool
A new sophisticated computational model, developed by scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute, is bringing an innovative method of diagnosing rare hereditary conditions. (2019-03-28)
Dissecting dengue: Innovative model sheds light on confounding immune response
A challenge of dengue infection -- for which 40 percent of the global population is at risk -- is that it can be caused by one of four versions of the virus, and infection by one type only protects for that version and can cause more severe disease following infection with another type. (2019-03-28)
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