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2012-08-16 23:02:29

Allele funds are delighted to announce that David Weinstein has joined the Allele Funds Advisory Board. David Weinstein is a fellow at the Advanced Leadership Institute at Harvard University. (PRWEB) August 16, 2012 Dr Gail Lese, who was previously a successful fund manager for a $100m Fidelity fund, and Cherie Blair, the distinguished international barrister, who together co-founded the Allele Fund (“Allele”) are delighted to announce that David Weinstein has joined the Allele...

2011-12-16 13:59:19

Parkinson's disease is marked by the abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein and the early loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra region of the brain. A polymorphism in the promotor of α-synuclein gene known as NACP-Rep1 has been implicated as a risk factor for the disease. Now, researchers have found that different variants of NACP-Rep1 and its interaction with the microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) H1 haplotype can influence the speed of clinical...

2011-12-02 08:00:00

The BioMedical Magazine EurekaMag.com publishes articles on specific topics in the biological and medical sciences. The latest inclusions cover AdN which is an abbreviation for Adenine nucleotides, Incomplete Dominance which is is a form of intermediate inheritance, and Molasse which are sandstones, shales and conglomerates formed as terrestrial or shallow marine deposits in front of rising mountain chains. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) December 02, 2011 The BioMedical Magazine EurekaMag.com...

2011-04-27 14:00:41

The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster used to be found only in sub-Saharan Africa but about 10,000 years ago it began to colonize Asia and Europe.  This period saw the start of human agriculture and the domestication of cats and oxen but we have no evidence to suggest that early agricultural practices were associated with significant global warming, so the fly's northerly spread is thought to relate to genetic factors rather than to environmental changes.  An intriguing clue to the...

2011-02-23 09:55:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent study published in Addiction Biology revealed that a greater risk of becoming highly intoxicated and driving after drinking may be in your genes. Dennis Thombs, Ph.D., chair and professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the UNT Health Science Center's School of Public Health, analyzed data collected via nighttime, sidewalk interviews and questionnaires, and biological tests. The 5-HTTLPR genetic marker is commonly...

2009-11-16 17:13:28

Researchers have discovered a genetic variation that may contribute to how empathetic a human is, and how that person reacts to stress. In the first study of its kind, a variation in the hormone/neurotransmitter oxytocin's receptor was linked to a person's ability to infer the mental state of others. Interestingly, this same genetic variation also related to stress reactivity. These findings could have a significant impact in adding to the body of knowledge about the importance of oxytocin,...

2009-08-05 09:09:41

A gene previously associated with physical traits is also dictating behavior in a tiny fish widely regarded as a living model of Darwin's natural selection theory, according to a University of British Columbia study.Measuring three to 10 centimeters, stickleback fish originated in the ocean but began populating freshwater lakes and streams following the last ice age. Over the past 15,000 years, freshwater sticklebacks have lost their bony lateral plates, or "armor," in these new environments....

2009-06-09 13:50:04

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have quantified the probability of a male who carries a "high normal" variant of the Huntington's Disease (HD) gene having a child who develops the disease. Although thought to be a very rare event, the probability has never been estimated using current information and disease guidelines. The findings, appear on-line in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, may be useful during prenatal genetic counseling.Huntington disease (HD)...

2009-06-07 23:49:46

Boys who carry a variation of the gene Monoamine oxidase A, are more likely to join gangs and be among the most violent members, U.S. researchers said. Criminologist Kevin M. Beaver at Florida State University said the findings apply only to males -- not girls with the same variant of the so-called warrior gene. While gangs typically have been regarded as a sociological phenomenon, our investigation shows that variants of a specific MAOA gene, known as a 'low-activity 3-repeat allele,' play a...

2009-05-21 12:53:31

A new study published online in Nature Immunology ahead of the June 2009 print issue has found that homologous immunoglobulin (lg) alleles pair up in the nucleus at stages that coincide with V(D)J recombination of the heavy and light chain (Igh and Igk) loci. Researchers led by Jane A. Skok Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at NYU School of Medicine and a member of the NYU Cancer Institute, showed that the V(D)J recombinase, which consists of the RAG1 and RAG2...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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