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2009-04-29 19:55:00

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Vision loss is a high priority area for VA Research. Among VA's research projects in the exciting domain of vision restoration for Veterans are the development of an artificial retina to restore vision to those affected by macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa; the design and improvement of assistive devices for those with visual impairments; and the development of more accurate and efficient methods of vision testing. To view the Multimedia News...

2009-04-20 12:08:34

Omega three fatty acids protect brain cells by preventing the misfolding of a protein from a gene mutation in Parkinson's disease, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Nicolas Bazan of Louisiana State University and colleagues developed a cell model with a mutation of the Ataxin-1 gene. The defective Ataxin-1 gene induced the misfolding of the protein produced by the gene. The misshapened proteins cannot be properly processed by the cell machinery, resulting in tangled clumps of toxic protein that...

2009-04-02 16:01:00

OMAHA, Neb., April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Transgenomic, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: TBIO). In a peer-reviewed paper published in the February 2009 issue of the journal Human Mutation, a team at Weill Cornell Medical College New York describes in detail the key advantages of using Transgenomic's Surveyor Nuclease technology for mutation scanning of PKD1 and PKD2, two important genes used in the diagnosis and prognosis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). The assay...

2009-03-24 09:17:58

A U.S.-German study has linked 10 genes with sudden cardiac death, a condition that accounts for 450,000 U.S. deaths annually. Irregular heart rhythms commonly result in sudden cardiac death and now scientists are closer to understanding what causes the condition and who it might strike, said University of Michigan Associate Professor Goncalo Abecasis, a co-leader of the research. The team identified 10 genes associated with changes in the so-called QT interval duration. The QT interval...

2009-03-05 11:20:23

U.S. medical scientists involved in an international study say they've identified a gene that modifies lung disease severity in people with cystic fibrosis. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researchers said the research is the first published study to search the entire genome looking for genes that modify the severity of cystic fibrosis lung disease. Carl Langefeld, a study co-author and Wake Forest University School of Medicine researcher, said the findings might help in the...

2008-11-11 09:00:08

Clinical Data, a biotechnology company, has announced that its PGxHealth division has launched a new genetic test for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, an inherited and often fatal heart condition. The Familion arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) test is a complex genetic test that sequences the five genes most commonly associated with ARVC (PKP2, DSP, DSG2, DSC2 and TMEM43) and is performed in a CLIA-certified commercial laboratory that meets all...

2008-10-29 15:00:27

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by his own life-saving kidney transplant, fashion critic and Entertainment Tonight correspondent Steven "Cojo" Cojocaru is taking steps to help the 12.5 million people worldwide affected by Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). PKD is one of the world's most common, life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting more people than Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and sickle cell anemia ... combined. PKD affects 1 in 500 children and...

2008-10-27 15:00:09

U.S. scientists say they've developed a simple gene-based blood test that can more accurately and quickly measure cystic fibrosis patients' therapy response. Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center said the test, a measure of inflammatory gene expression, could improve patient care and help clear a backlog of promising medications now hung up in clinical trials. "The currently accepted test, a measure of a patients' ability to exhale air, has several limitations that...

2008-10-21 09:00:54

CUMBERLAND, R.I., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biotechnology company focused on the development of sight-saving therapeutics for chronic retinal diseases, announced today the opening of its new 27,000 square-foot GMP manufacturing facility in Cumberland, Rhode Island. With support from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) and its financing programs, Rhode Island Industrial Facilities Corporation (RIIFC) and Rhode Island...

2008-10-21 06:00:24

EPIX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPIX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel therapeutics through the use of its proprietary and highly efficient in silico drug discovery platform, today announced that Martin Mense, Ph.D., principal scientist and head of Cystic Fibrosis biology at EPIX, is scheduled to present at the 22nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference on Friday, October 24, 2008. Dr. Mense will participate in a symposium entitled...


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Cystic Fibrosis
2013-07-19 15:03:45

Cystic fibrosis, also called mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of the viscous secretions in the body. In turn, it effects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines, as well as all other exocrine glands in the body. The most common genetic mutation that causes CF is a deletion of three nucleotides that results in a loss of phenylalanine, an amino acid at the 508th position on the protein. It should be noted, however, that there are over a thousand other mutations that...

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