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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...

2012-09-20 16:52:24

The androgen receptor in human cells inhibits fat accumulation, but its activity can be sabotaged by glucocorticoids, steroids that regulate fat deposition and are known drivers of obesity and insulin resistance, said researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in a report in the journal Chemistry & Biology (https://www.cell.com/chemistry-biology/home). "The project started with a straightforward search for genes or signals specific to human fat cells," said...

2012-09-05 11:45:11

The Cancer Genetics Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine now offers the Cancer Exome Sequencing test, which uses next-generation sequencing to identify acquired changes in the DNA of a patient's tumor. "Cancer exome sequencing is poised to change the current paradigm of genetic testing for cancer patients," said Dr. Federico Monzon, director of molecular pathology at the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at BCM. "Rather than testing a single gene or panel of genes, cancer exome sequencing...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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