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2014-03-28 09:30:17

Researchers have pinpointed a new mechanism of how natural variation in our DNA alters an individual's risk for developing heart disease by interfering with the ability of a developmental gene to interact with a specialized type of RNA. This work expands on previous work identifying the "hidden" causes of complex disease risk, with the goal of unlocking new pathways and potential drug targets for cardiovascular disease. This latest study led by Thomas Quertermous, MD at Stanford University...

2014-03-27 13:07:49

Results help explain puzzling features of 'dot chromosome' In previous research, UC Berkeley scientists Beatriz Vicoso, Ph.D., and Doris Bachtrog, Ph.D., determined that genes on the so-called "dot chromosome," or fourth chromosome, of the fruit fly Drosophilia melanogaster are X-linked in three other related fly species. These and other findings revealed that the fruit fly's "dot chromosome" had descended from a differentiated X chromosome and suggests that several of the chromosome's...

Simple Blood Test Could Predict Whether A Child Will Become Obese
2014-03-27 10:39:56

University of Southampton Scientists have found that a simple blood test, which can read DNA, could be used to predict obesity levels in children. Researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Exeter and Plymouth used the test to assess the levels of epigenetic switches in the PGC1a gene – a gene that regulates fat storage in the body. Epigenetic switches take place through a chemical change called DNA methylation which controls how genes work and is set during early life. The...

2014-03-26 16:11:46

A breast cancer therapy that blocks estrogen synthesis to activate cancer-killing genes sometimes loses its effectiveness because the cancer takes over epigenetic mechanisms, including permanent DNA modifications in the patient's tumor, once again allowing tumor growth, according to an international team headed by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). The finding warrants research into adding drugs that could prevent the cancer from hijacking patients' repressive gene...

2014-03-24 08:28:46

DUBLIN, Mar. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/krh74h/global ) has announced the addition of the "Concise Analysis of the International Epigenetics Market - Forecasts to 2018" report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) Along with oncology indications, epigenetic drugs also find application in non-oncology indications such as inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases,...

Endometriosis Cause And Development Linked To Unstudied Genes
2014-03-10 08:18:00

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A study from Northwestern Medicine has led to a new theory regarding the development and cause of endometriosis. The chronically painful disease, which affects 1 in 10 women, has been linked to two previously unstudied genes. This innovative research regarding endometriosis suggests that an integral part of the disease and its progression is epigenetic modification, which is a process that will either enhance or disrupt the...

Delivery Of Genomic Building Blocks Controlled By Enzyme
2014-03-07 10:14:25

University of Copenhagen Our DNA and its architecture are duplicated every time our cells divide. Histone proteins are key building blocks of this architecture and contain crucial information that regulates our genes. Danish researchers show how an enzyme controls reliable and high-speed delivery of histones to DNA copying hubs in our cells. This shuttling mechanism is crucial to maintain normal function of our genes and prevent disease. The results are published in the journal Nature...

Genetics May One Day Have An Important Role In Dental Care
2014-03-07 05:15:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Adelaide's School of Dentistry say a visit to the dentist could eventually require a detailed look at a patient’s genes. The team wrote in the Australian Dental Journal that one day dentists may have to look at a patient’s genes to determine which ones are being switched on and off. The researchers believe that this field of epigenetics will have a big role to play in the future of dental hygiene....

2014-03-06 23:23:40

Owing to the great prospects of epigenetics in therapeutic industry, a lot of investments are made by the private investors to support small pharma companies with strong research in epigenetics. http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/epigenetics-technologies-market-896.html (PRWEB) March 06, 2014 The report “Epigenetics Technology Market (Epigenomics, DNA Methylation, Histone Modifications, RNA interference, Cancer Therapeutics, Personalized Medicine) (2012 - 2017)” analyses...

2014-03-05 10:59:39

Many breast cancer survivors experience fatigue and other debilitating symptoms that persist months to years after their course of treatment has ended. Now researchers at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have found clues that may explain how these symptoms can linger. Chemotherapy, one of the major treatments for breast cancer, can leave a long-lasting epigenetic imprint in the DNA of breast cancer patients’ blood cells. That imprint is associated with biological signs of...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.