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Project To Map Brain Activity Outlined By President Obama
2013-02-19 12:12:38

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Human Genome Project (HGP) was a successful model of a public/private partnership that advanced the understanding of life at one of its most basic levels. Officially begun in 1990, the HGP was a 13-year effort headed up by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project--originally planned to take 15 years--was completed two years ahead of time, thanks in no small part to the rapid...

Spicy News: Scientists Sequence Chile Pepper Genome
2013-02-08 11:14:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week, geneticists from the New Mexico State University´s Chile Pepper Institute announced they have successfully completed the genomic sequencing of the chile pepper, marking the first time the feat has ever been done with the famously spicy plant. “This puts NMSU and the Chile Pepper Institute on the cutting edge with a new level of research,” Paul Bosland, an NMSU professor and director of the Institute, said in...

Mutant Gene Responsible For Pigeons' Funky Hair-Dos
2013-02-01 11:09:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study in the journal Science Express, an international team of researchers has sequenced the entire rock pigeon genome, and made some interesting discoveries in the process. "Birds are a huge part of life on Earth, but we know surprisingly little about their genetics," study co-author Michael Shapiro, a biologist at the University of Utah, said in a statement. Using cutting edge sequencing techniques, the...

2013-01-21 10:26:23

Johns Hopkins scientists identify epigenetic changes that referee genetic risk In one of the first genome-wide studies to hunt for both genes and their regulatory "tags" in patients suffering from a common disease, researchers have found a clear role for the tags in mediating genetic risk for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an immune disorder that afflicts an estimated 1.5 million American adults. By teasing apart the tagging events that result from RA from those that help cause it, the...

To Test 'Histone Code' Researchers Exploit Gene Position
2013-01-03 13:25:12

University of California - San Diego In a novel use of gene knockout technology, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine tested the same gene inserted into 90 different locations in a yeast chromosome — and discovered that while the inserted gene never altered its surrounding chromatin landscape, differences in that immediate landscape measurably affected gene activity. The findings, published online in the Jan. 3 issue of Cell Reports,...

New Genome Sequencing Evaluation Tool Created
2013-01-03 04:28:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Genome sequencing is much more common than in the past. In a large part, this is attributable to advances in biotechnologies and computer software, however, there is still some question about both the accuracy of different sequencing methods and the best ways to evaluate these efforts. Computer scientists, led by New York University, have now devised a new tool to better measure the validity of genome sequencing. By tracking a small...


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