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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.