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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...

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...

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...

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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.

Genomewide Screen of Learning in Zebrafish Identifies Enzyme Important in Brain

March 24, 2015 11:18 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania describe the first set of genes important in learning in a zebrafish model in the journal Neuron this week.

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Scientists Call for Freeze on Genome-Editing Method

March 20, 2015 4:18 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Designer babies? It’s far from a whimsy, and now a new technology that would make it possible to alter human DNA at the germline (meaning changing traits that can be inherited) has scientists calling for caution and a freeze. 

New Hope for Beating Deadly Hereditary Stomach and Breast Cancers

March 20, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers.

DNA Tests Help California Speed Up Dog Adoptions

March 19, 2015 3:43 pm | by Sue Manning, Associated Press | News | Comments

A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it's similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.

British DNA Gives Window into Ancient Past

March 19, 2015 3:38 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Genetic samples collected from across the United Kingdom are shedding light on the ancient past, including Viking invasions and a mystery about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons.

Scientists Trace Genomic Evolution of High-risk Leukemia

March 19, 2015 10:53 am | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | News | Comments

Highly sensitive genomic analysis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells reveals for the first time how the malignant cells evolve to cause relapse.

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Gene Discovery Provides Clue to How TB May Evade the Immune System

March 17, 2015 11:08 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The largest genetic study of tuberculosis (TB) susceptibility to date has led to a potentially important new insight into how the pathogen manages to evade the immune system.

New Gene Therapy for Hemophilia Shows Potential as Safe Treatment

March 16, 2015 10:08 am | by University of North Carolina | News | Comments

Research showed that bleeding events were drastically decreased in animals with hemophilia B. Using a viral vector to swap out faulty genes proved safe and could be used for the more common hemophilia A.

Human Genome Includes 'Foreign' Genes Not From Our Ancestors

March 13, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Many animals, including humans, acquired essential ‘foreign’ genes from microorganisms cohabiting their environment in ancient times, according to research published in the open access journal Genome Biology.

Study Shows Connection Between Key Autism Risk Genes in Human Brain

March 11, 2015 10:16 am | by Lindsay Borthwick, Yale | News | Comments

A new study reveals an important connection between dozens of genes that may contribute to autism, a major step toward understanding how brain development goes awry in some individuals with the disorder.                                                 

Researchers Map "Genomic Landscape" of Childhood Adrenocortical Tumors for First Time

March 9, 2015 10:15 am | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | News | Comments

In an advance that could lead to better identification of malignant pediatric adrenocortical tumors, and ultimately to better treatment, researchers have mapped the “genomic landscape” of these rare childhood tumors. Their genomic mapping has revealed unprecedented details, not only of the aberrant genetic and chromosomal changes that drive the cancer, but the sequence of those changes that trigger it.

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Researchers Report New Gene Associated With Thyroid Levels

March 9, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Thyroid hormones have important and diverse roles in human health and regulate metabolic rate. Thyroid disease is common (affecting 5-10 per cent of the population) and synthetic thyroid hormones are one of the commonest drug therapies prescribed worldwide.

Upending Alzheimer's Theory

March 4, 2015 4:48 pm | by Sue McGreevy, Harvard University | News | Comments

A study reveals for the first time exactly how mutations associated with the most common form of inherited Alzheimer’s disease produce the disorder’s devastating effects.              

Mouse Study Finds Extra Oxygen May Spur Tumor-Fighting Cells

March 4, 2015 4:35 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A provocative study in mice suggests something as simple as breathing in extra oxygen might give immune cells a boost in attacking cancer.                    

Automated Next Generation Sequencing Applications

March 4, 2015 4:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, through a partnership with Illumina, offers automated methods to improve processes and throughput in next generation sequencing (NGS) sample preparation. Under the agreement, Beckman Coulter will use its experience in automated NGS sample preparation to develop, distribute and support automation for Illumina’s TruSeq and Nextera sample preparation kits and Illumina will provide technical expertise on chemistry and protocols.

Protein May Be Key to Cancer's Deadly Resurgences

March 3, 2015 4:29 pm | by Pete Farley, University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Tumor recurrence following a period of remission is the main cause of death in cancer. The ability of cancer cells to remain dormant during and following therapy, only to be reactivated at a later time, frequently with greater aggressiveness, is one of the least-understood aspects of the disease.

New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

March 3, 2015 10:33 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Tiny particles embedded in gel can turn off drug-resistance genes, then release cancer drugs.                            

Neurons Controlling Appetite Made from Skin Cells

March 3, 2015 9:59 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Cells  provide individualized model for studying obesity and testing treatments.                             

Genetically Speaking, Mammals are More Like Dad

March 3, 2015 9:14 am | by UNC | News | Comments

You might resemble or act more like your mother, but a novel research study from UNC School of Medicine researchers reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads.              

A Gene for Brain Size - Only Found in Humans

March 2, 2015 9:56 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Following the traces of evolution: researches find a key to the reproduction of brain stem cells                           

New Target Identified in Fight Against Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis

March 2, 2015 9:24 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these and other neurological diseases.

Newly-Found T Memory Stem Cells May Be Key to Gene Therapy

February 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Genetically engineered T memory stem cells (Tscm) can last more than 12 years in patients’ bodies, and can continually generate appropriate T cell armies for them, says an innovative study looking at two historic clinical trials.     

New Molecule Could Slow Progression of Parkinson's

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by University of Bath | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a molecule that, if developed into a drug, could slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease.                       

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