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Researchers Create DNA Repair Map of Entire Human Genome

May 1, 2015 10:20 am | by UNC | News | Comments

The new experimental assay can help scientists find the precise locations of repair of DNA damage caused by UV radiation and common chemotherapies. The invention could lead to better cancer drugs or improvements in the potency of existing ones.

Bringing Order to Big Data of Human Biology

April 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Simons Foundation | News | Comments

'Network-guided association study,' or NetWAS, led to identification of gene interaction networks for organs as diverse as the kidney, the liver and the whole brain.

New Technology Speeds Analysis of Whole Genome Sequence Tenfold

April 29, 2015 9:10 am | News | Comments

 Results achieved in approximately six hours, compared to 60 hours with standard software.  

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Genetics Startup Raises $15M to Launch Low-Cost Cancer Tests

April 29, 2015 8:57 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The test can assess the risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Gene Associated with Rare Disease Determines How Body Processes Pain

April 28, 2015 8:58 am | by Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal | News | Comments

Researchers uncovered the critical role in pain processing of a gene associated with a rare disease. Their breakthrough, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, paves the way for a better understanding of chronic pain conditions.

CDC Using New Technology to Track Listeria Illnesses

April 23, 2015 10:35 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick | News | Comments

The government is relying on some new technology - as well as a bit of luck - to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.

International Team Cracks Genetic Code of Upland Cotton

April 23, 2015 9:42 am | by Clemson University | News | Comments

The intricately woven genetic makeup of Upland cotton has been decoded for the first time in the ancient plant’s history.

DNA Abnormalities Found in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

April 22, 2015 10:18 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Routine genetic screening of children with CKD could lead to earlier, more precise diagnoses.

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Noise-related Hearing Loss Might be in Your Genes

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A genome-wide association study conducted by an international team led by the University of Southern California identified Nox3 as a critical gene for susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss in mice.  The gene, which is almost exclusively expressed in the inner ear, was identified in a study published in the April 16 edition of PLOS Genetics.

Rare, Deadly Lymphoma Demystified

April 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Findings identify a cause of the disease and highlight potential therapeutic approach.

Study Questions Accuracy of Certain Tumor-only Gene Mapping

April 16, 2015 9:23 am | by Lauran Neergaard, Medical Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

More cancer patients are getting the genes in their tumors mapped to help guide their treatment. New research suggests that isn't always accurate enough, and a second test could help ferret out the culprit genes.

A Guide to Targeted NGS: Generating Accurate Data for Personalized Medicine

April 15, 2015 8:57 am | by Ellen Prediger, Ph.D., Senior Writer, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) | Articles | Comments

As personalized medicine is integrated into mainstream medical treatment, sequencing clinically relevant genes using the latest next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies will prove instrumental in guiding clinicians towards informed treatment decisions.

Mountain Gorilla Genome Study Provides Optimism About Population Numbers

April 14, 2015 10:41 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

An international research project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas has given scientists and conservationists new insight into the impact of population decline on these critically endangered apes. While mountain gorillas are extensively inbred and at risk of extinction, research published today in Science finds more to be optimistic about in their genomes than expected.

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Peltier-Cooled Incubators

April 10, 2015 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Scientific Peltier-cooled incubators feature solid-state Peltier cooling designed for biological and genomics laboratory researchers engaged in fruit fly and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) research.

The First Personalized Genomic Cancer Vaccines

April 8, 2015 9:10 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

The first personalized cancer vaccine using genomics to define targets elicits robust immune responses, says a recent Science study.

Study Identifies Protein Associated with Lupus

April 7, 2015 9:49 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

Investigators have identified an inflammatory molecule that appears to play an essential role in the autoimmune disorder commonly known as lupus.  Researchers describe finding that a protein that regulates certain cells in the innate immune system activates a molecular pathway known to be associated with lupus and that the protein’s activity is required for the development of lupus symptoms in a mouse model of the disease.

New Genetic Clues Emerge on Origin of Hirschsprung's Disease

April 6, 2015 2:12 pm | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Genetic studies in humans, zebrafish and mice have revealed how two different types of genetic variations team up to cause a rare condition called Hirschsprung’s disease.

3-D Human Skin Maps Aid Study of Relationships Between Molecules, Microbes and Environment

March 31, 2015 4:39 pm | by University of Calif, San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. 

MRI based on Sugar Molecule Can Tell Cancerous from Noncancerous Cells

March 30, 2015 4:51 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn’t cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly.

Playing Music By Professional Musicians Activates Genes For Learning and Memory

March 27, 2015 3:36 pm | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Playing music by professional musicians activates genes responsible for brain function and singing of songbirds.

Researchers Master Gene Editing Technique in Mosquito

March 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Researchers have harnessed a technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 editing in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

Genetic Mutation Explains Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Nobody likes getting the flu, but for some people, fluids and rest aren’t enough. A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital — perhaps needing ventilators to breathe — even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation.

New Genetic Variant That Causes Autism Identified

March 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease.

Czechs Deploy Wild Horses from Britain to Save Biodiversity

March 25, 2015 2:37 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

A herd of 14 wild mares from Britain's Exmoor National Park were moved in January to the former Milovice military base, 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Prague, the Czech capital.

Blueprint Medicine Files for $100M IPO

March 24, 2015 5:02 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The biotech firm is making a big bet on precision medicine.

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