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Scientists Identify Genes Related To Crohn’s Disease
2012-12-14 08:15:46

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University College London (UCL) recently revealed that they had identified over 200 genes for Crohn´s Disease, a chronic bowel condition. The scientists believe that knowledge about genetic factors of complex diseases will help in understanding patients´ symptoms and providing better treatment. The study looked at the entire human genome, and the findings are featured in a recent edition of The...

Honeybee Histone Code Found
2012-12-12 20:06:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers have uncovered a new element of the honeybee's genetic makeup, shedding light on why bees are so sensitive to environmental changes. Scientists found honeybees have a "histone code," which is a series of marks on the histone proteins around which their DNA is wrapped to help fit into the nucleus of a cell. This code is known to exist in humans and other organisms in order to control changes in cell development....

Homosexuality May Have Roots In Epigenetic Markers
2012-12-12 08:28:52

[ Watch the Video: Researchers Say They Have Found Genetic Switches for Homosexuality ] Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) reveals that epigenetics, rather than genetics, could be the basis for homosexuality. To begin, epigenetics looks at how gene expression is managed by temporary switches, known as epi-marks. In the report, recently published online in The Quarterly...

Daily Liver Cycles Controlled By More Than 3,000 Epigenetic Switches
2012-12-11 10:16:12

Salk Institute Salk findings may help explain connections between dietary schedules and chronic disease When it's dark, and we start to fall asleep, most of us think we're tired because our bodies need rest. Yet circadian rhythms affect our bodies not just on a global scale, but at the level of individual organs, and even genes. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute have determined the specific genetic switches that sync liver activity to the circadian cycle. Their finding gives...

New Genetic Fingerprint Resides In Your Belly
2012-12-06 12:35:08

Washington University School of Medicine Our bodies contain far more microbial genes than human genes. And a new study suggests that just as human DNA varies from person to person, so too does the massive collection of microbial DNA in the intestine. The research is the first to catalog the genetic variation of microbes that live in the gut, where they extract nutrients from food, synthesize vitamins, protect against infections, and produce compounds that naturally reduce inflammation....

Wheat Genome Sequenced
2012-11-28 22:25:23

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Wheat is an incredibly important crop. Considered one of the “big three” global crops, wheat accounts for 20% of total calories consumed by human beings. As much as 35% of the entire planet depend on wheat for their very existence. With wheat being so important to the survival of the human race, an internal group of scientists decided it was time to learn more about this important grain and set out to complete the...

Mapping The Evolution Of Human Intellect Through Epigenetics
2012-11-22 09:19:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hundreds of small regions of the genome that appear to be uniquely regulated in human neurons have been identified in a new study led by the University of Massachusetts. Humans are distinguished from other primates, such as monkeys and apes, by these regulatory differences. These features, which are neurons at the core of our cognitive abilities, may ultimately hold the key to our intellectual prowess. They might also be key to our...

Pig Genome Sequenced: Offers Significant Implications Abroad
2012-11-14 15:57:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A massive team of international researchers has announced the successful sequencing of the first female domestic pig´s genome. There have already been many similarities established between pigs and humans and the new genomic analysis reveals some new twists and a few distinctions to that relationship, according to reports on the work published in the journals Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)....

2012-11-07 11:57:47

Research presented at American Society of Human Genetics 2012 A presentation at the American Society of Human Genetics 2012 meeting updated genetics experts about a one-year-old research initiative that brought together researchers, clinicians and policy experts to tackle the challenges of incorporating new genomic technologies into clinical care of newborns, infants and children with anatomical defects whose causes are unknown. Among the challenges is interpreting how variations in...


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