Latest Baylor College of Medicine Stories

2012-12-05 11:03:18

The ability of the eye of a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to respond to light depends on a delicate ballet that keeps the supply of light sensors called rhodopsin constant as photoreceptors turn on and off in response to light exposures, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (http://www.nri.texaschildrens.org/) at Texas Children's Hospital in an article that appears online in the journal PLOS Biology...

2012-11-08 11:26:04

Electronic health records (EHRs) are expected to improve patient safety, but they themselves can present challenges for which health care providers must be prepared. Experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine have proposed a framework to help develop new national patient safety goals unique to electronic health record-enabled clinical settings. Their report appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine....

2012-11-08 11:22:00

The search for rare gene variants associated with heart, lung and blood-related disease traits, as well as those of public health importance found that 1.1 million of the 1.2 million such variants within exomes occur very infrequently, said a Baylor College of Medicine expert in the analysis of such findings in a plenary abstract session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (exomes are the part of the genome that contain protein-coding genes.) "They were often...

2012-11-08 11:19:58

In 2011, a settlement between parents and the Texas Department of State Health Services resulted in the destruction of 5.3 million “blood spots” taken for newborn screening. The settlement alleviated some parents´ concern about using the left-over spots for research without their explicit permission, but experts from Baylor College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Harvard University and Brigham and Women´s Hospital in Boston warn in an article in...

2012-11-01 23:13:59

Notch — the protein that can help determine cell fate — maintains a stable population of basal cells in the prostate through a positive feedback loop system with another key protein — TGF beta (transforming growth factor beta), said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in the journal Cell Stem Cell. "When basal cell homeostasis (or maintenance of a stable population) is disrupted, it may be part of the process that initiates prostate cancer," said Dr. Li Xin, assistant...

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