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2014-01-08 23:02:56

National Institute of Mental Health Director Salutes UVA Discovery Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) January 08, 2014 For the second year in a row, groundbreaking research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics has made the list of the year’s top 10 discoveries and breakthroughs, as compiled by the director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Under the heading “Brain Exceptionalism,” NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel,...

2014-01-08 17:11:35

A new study compares the relative rate of molecular evolution between humans and chimps with that of their lice. The researchers wanted to know whether evolution marches on at a steady pace in all creatures or if subtle changes in genes – substitutions of individual letters of the genetic code – occur more rapidly in some groups than in others. A report of the study appears in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The team chose its study subjects because humans, chimps and their...

2014-01-03 16:22:20

GenoVive Offers Weight Loss Strategies Tailored to Individuals' Genetic Profiles NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Losing weight is the most popular New Year's resolution for 2014, but research shows that only eight percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions. People fall back into old habits and give up when they do not see immediate results. A new company, GenoVive, is seeking to change the way we look at eating using the latest gene-based technology....

2013-12-24 13:35:52

Genetic screening identifies genes driving resistance with a guide RNA library Researchers have developed a method to create a comprehensive library of mutations across all genes in the mouse genome. This library can be used to examine the role of every gene in different cell types. CRISPR technology uses the DNA-cutting enzyme Cas9, with the help of a guide RNA sequence, to find and modify genetic targets. Scientists can easily engineer multiple new guide RNAs using standard molecular...

Crucial Player For Lyme Disease Transmission Identified
2013-12-20 14:42:45

Public Library of Science Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, hitchhikes in ticks for dissemination to mammalian hosts--including humans. An article in the 19 December issue of PLOS Pathogens identifies HrpA, an RNA helicase, as a crucial player in the transmission from ticks to mammals. George Chaconas, from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a member of the university's Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, and colleagues had previously identified HrpA...

2013-12-20 10:32:36

As part of an international research project, a team of researchers has developed a DNA clamp that can detect mutations at the DNA level with greater efficiency than methods currently in use. Their work could facilitate rapid screening of those diseases that have a genetic basis, such as cancer, and provide new tools for more advanced nanotechnology. The results of this research is published this month in the journal ACS Nano. Toward a new generation of screening tests An increasing...

Technique Accelerates Gene Discovery
2013-12-13 08:05:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers working to decipher the role of genes since the completion of the Human Genome Project may see their efforts accelerated by a new approach that lets them permanently and selectively delete genes from a cell's DNA. The new system, known as CRISPR, was developed by researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute, and the Whitehead Institute, and should allow scientists to study the entire genome at once. In two new papers...

Secret Code Discovered In Human DNA
2013-12-13 05:26:03

[ Watch the Video: Human DNA Has Been Hiding A Secret ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A newly discovered ‘second code’ hiding within our DNA is casting new light on how changes to DNA impact health and disease, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science. The new code is changing the way scientists read and interpret genetic instructions and mutations. Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed it...

New Online Database Sheds Light On Gene Patenting Process
2013-12-08 06:29:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Researchers from Cambria, a non-profit biotech research organization, and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), have developed a new online database revealing which organizations have applied for patents related to genes and proteins in living organisms. The open-sourced PatSeq registry, which is the subject of a paper published in last week’s edition of Nature Biotechnology, currently holds over 120 million DNA...

Coffee Beer Affects Longevity
2013-12-06 15:35:27

[ Watch the Video: Will Beer Or Coffee Contribute To Your Aging? ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each time our cells replicate in our bodies, the end points of chromosomal DNA - known as telomeres - copy themselves to the new cell, shortening with each subsequent copy until they can no longer keep the cell viable, resulting in its eventual death. However, a group of researchers from Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) Department of Molecular Microbiology and...


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Knockout Mouse
2013-10-02 11:52:01

A Knockout Mouse is a genetically engineered mouse in which researchers have inactivated, or “knocked out,” an existing gene by replacing it or disrupting it with an artificial piece of DNA. The loss of gene activity frequently causes changes in a mouse’s phenotype, which includes appearance, behavior, or other apparent and biochemical characteristics. Knockout mice are significant animal models for studying the role of genes which have been sequenced but whose functions haven’t...

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