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Atlas Of Human Gene Activity
2014-03-28 05:31:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have created the first detailed map of the way human genes work throughout major cells and tissues. Researchers working on the FANTOM5 project created a map that shows how a network of switches built within our DNA controls where and when our genes turn off and on. The three-year project included more than 250 scientists in over 20 countries and regions. "The FANTOM5 project is a tremendous achievement. To use the analogy...

2014-03-27 23:04:00

'Striking result' may lead to new treatments. Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified a key gene variation linked to an increased risk of stroke. The discovery comes as part of a breakthrough in the understanding of what causes some people to produce too much homocysteine, an amino acid associated with stroke, cancer, dementia, hardening of the arteries and other diseases. As part of their work, the...

DNA Could Revolutionize Facial Reconstruction
2014-03-24 04:39:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While scientists can already use DNA to determine an unknown person’s gender or ancestry, new research appearing in the March 20 issue of PLOS Genetics suggests that it will soon be able to help identify his or her actual facial features. According to the Daily Mail, the researchers examined the genes that appeared to correlate with facial structures, as well as the facial structures of the people possessing those genes. They...

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...

Fragile X Syndrome
2014-02-28 13:24:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American researchers has found a genetic mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with fragile X syndrome – which causes developmental disorders such as mental retardation and autism. According to the team’s report in the journal Science, they were successfully able to a test drug that blocks this blocking mechanism. While it has been known that the syndrome is driven by the excessive repetition...

2014-02-27 18:17:48

As the price for decoding a person's DNA keeps dropping, expectations for personalized medicine based on specific genetic profiling rise. But translating an individual's genetic data into finely tailored medical treatments still faces major challenges, explains a new article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society. Rick Mullin, senior editor at C&EN, notes that advances in DNA sequencing have allowed researchers to design some...

2014-02-27 08:30:24

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GenScript, the world's largest provider of synthetic genes, has launched a new GenPlus(TM) Next-Generation Gene Synthesis service, which offers unmatched capacity and cost-efficiency for custom gene synthesis. Building upon over a decade of experience as the leading gene synthesis supplier in the US, GenScript has developed a new breakthrough technology: GenPlus(TM) Next-Generation Gene Synthesis. GenPlus(TM) combines the powers of...

Using Supercomputers To Speed Up Genome Analysis
2014-02-20 11:11:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal Bioinformatics say that genome analysis can be radically accelerated. Over the years, the cost of sequencing an entire human genome has dropped, but analyzing three billion base pairs of genetic information from a single genome can take months. A team from the University of Chicago is reporting that one of the world’s fastest supercomputers is able to analyze 240 full genomes in about two days....

2014-02-07 12:48:23

Protein controls editing, expanding the information content of DNA An international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Indiana University, have identified a protein that broadly regulates how genetic information transcribed from DNA to messenger RNA (mRNA) is processed and ultimately translated into the myriad of proteins necessary for life. The findings, published today in the journal Cell Reports, help explain how...

Why Do Women And Men Differ In Height?
2014-02-07 12:41:01

University of Helsinki Researchers from the University of Helsinki analyzed thoroughly the commonly occurring genetic variation in chromosome X, one of the two sex-determining chromosomes, in almost 25,000 Northern European individuals with diverse health-related information available. The aim of the study was to find genetic factors that could explain individual differences in several traits, including BMI, height, blood pressure and lipid levels. In addition, the researchers also...

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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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