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2014-07-21 09:52:36

Washington University in St. Louis New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or synapses, allow nerve cells to transmit and process information involved in thinking and moving the body. Reporting online in Neuron, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a group of proteins that program a common type of brain nerve cell to connect with another...

2014-07-11 10:58:16

University of Cambridge When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater than average risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called 'epigenetic' effects. A new study in mice demonstrates that this 'memory' of nutrition during pregnancy can be passed through sperm of male offspring to the next generation, increasing risk of disease for her grandchildren as well. In other words, to adapt an old maxim, 'you are what your grandmother ate'. The...

2014-07-07 08:28:38

MALVERN, Pa., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reaction Biology Corporation ("RBC") announced today that it has been awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to create a database of epigenetic drug interactions. The grant will help fund an examination of the interaction of over 1400 FDA-Approved drugs and drug-like compounds with over 30 epigenetic modifying enzymes. The project will begin immediately at RBC's lab facilities, and will...

2014-06-23 08:27:29

First revenues from VolitionRx Nucleosomics technology NAMUR, Belgium, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (OTCQB: VNRX), a life sciences company, today announces its first wholesale order of NuQ® Research Use Only kits to Active Motif. Each kit allows epigenetics researchers to identify and analyze a different nucleosome structure. Active Motif will distribute the kits in its key markets of Europe, the United States and Japan. These assays allow researchers -- in areas as...

2014-06-17 10:29:40

Rice University Rice University scientists apply new theory to learn how and why cells differentiate How does a stem cell decide what path to take? In a way, it’s up to the wisdom of the crowd. The DNA in a pluripotent stem cell is bombarded with waves of proteins whose ebb and flow nudge the cell toward becoming blood, bone, skin or organs. A new theory by scientists at Rice University shows the cell’s journey is neither a simple step-by-step process nor all random....

2014-06-11 08:28:06

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Institute for Functional Medicine's 2014 Annual International Conference, held May 29 - 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California, Randy L. Jirtle, PhD, was honored by receiving the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award. Dr. Jirtle previously headed the epigenetics and imprinting laboratory at Duke University, and is now a Professor of Epigenetics at the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Bedfordshire,...

2014-06-09 14:30:56

University of North Carolina Health Care The discovery, from the lab of Brian Strahl, Ph.D., offers insights for the creation of better, more targeted therapies for various forms of cancer Twelve years ago, UNC School of Medicine researcher Brian Strahl, PhD, found that a protein called Set2 plays a role in how yeast genes are expressed – specifically how DNA gets transcribed into messenger RNA. Now his lab has found that Set2 is also a major player in DNA repair, a complicated and...

2014-06-06 08:23:47

RnRMarketResearch.com adds a 2014 survey report on "Epigenetic Modification Screening technologies that summarizes trends and results of HTStec's 3rd industry-wide global web-based benchmarking survey carried out in May 2014. DALLAS, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The main objectives of " Epigenetic Modification Screening Trends 2014 " market study was to comprehensively document current practices and preferences in epigenetic modification assays, and to understand future user...

2014-06-03 23:09:20

Inhibiting enzymes that cause changes in gene expression could decrease chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer patients, researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia say. Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) June 03, 2014 Inhibiting enzymes that cause changes in gene expression could decrease chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer patients, researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia say. Dr. Susanna Greer, associate professor of biology, and...

2014-05-29 20:20:55

BRONX, N.Y., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Research by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University may help explain how some cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can result from environmental influences rather than gene mutations. The findings, published online today in PLOS Genetics, shed light on why older mothers are at increased risk for having children with ASD and could pave the way for more research into the role of environment on ASD....


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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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