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2014-07-07 09:48:40

University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Alas, the thankless pseudogene. Dysfunctional, unloved and seemingly of little use, these poor-cousin relatives of genes have lost their protein-coding abilities. They contain material not essential for an organism's survival and are the "last stop" for removal of genomic waste. Not any more. The pseudogene's day may have arrived thanks to scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Han Liang, Ph.D.,...

2014-07-07 08:27:41

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted technologies, today announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Campochiaro to its Scientific Advisory Board. Campochiaro is the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience in the Johns Hopkins University...

2014-07-07 04:20:59

COPENHAGEN, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BGI Diagnostics' NIFTY(TM) test becomes First NIPT based on Next Generation Sequencing Technology to be Approved by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). On June 30, 2014, the CFDA approved the registration of BGI's BGISEQ-1000 and BGISEQ-100 sequencers, and its prenatal genetic testing kits for NIFTY(TM) (Non-Invasive Fetal Trisomy test). This is the first genetic test based on next generation sequencing technology to...

Researchers Reduce Size Of Human Genome To 19,000 Genes
2014-07-04 03:16:13

Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO) Over 99% of human protein coding genes have an origin that predates primates by over 50 million years. The study questions the genomic annotations of many different species How nutrients are metabolized and how neurons communicate in the brain are just some of the messages coded by the 3 billion letters that make up the human genome. The detection and characterization of the genes present in this mass of information is a complex...

2014-07-03 12:26:14

DUBLIN, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mrhg53/nucleic_acid) has announced the addition of the "Global Nucleic Acid Isolation and Purification (Column based, Reagent based, Magnetic bead based) Market - Forecasts to 2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 The global nucleic acid isolation and purification market is expected to witness a CAGR of 8.11% from 2013 to 2018. Nucleic acid...

2014-07-02 12:20:39

The JAMA Network Journals Use of exome sequencing improved the ability to identify the underlying gene mutations in patients with biochemically defined defects affecting multiple mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes (enzymes that are involved in basic energy production), according to a study in the July 2 issue of JAMA. Defects of the mitochondrial respiratory chain have emerged as the most common cause of childhood and adult neurometabolic disease, with an estimated prevalence of...

2014-07-02 08:26:20

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted technologies, today announced the official opening of its new office and laboratory in the Marlborough Technology Center. The Company will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 10:00 -12:00 p.m., at 257 Simarano...

2014-07-01 16:29:43

--New Publication in Forensic Science International Genetics Confirms Value of X-Swab(TM) Technology in the Forensic DNA Typing Process-- SAN DIEGO, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diomics, Inc., a provider of X-Swab(TM), a novel bio-specimen collection material, reported that its patented technology was used in a new study being published today in the journal Forensic Science International Genetics. The study, "Evaluation of a Novel Material, Diomics X-Swab(TM), for Collection of...

2014-06-30 12:31:47

DUBLIN, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7k9qdg/synthetic_biology) has announced the addition of the "2014 Report on the International Synthetic Biology (Synthetic DNA, Synthetic Genes, Synthetic Cells, XNA, Chassis Organisms, DNA Synthesis, Oligonucleotide Synthesis) Market - Forecast to 2019" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Synthetic biology is a synergistic combination of biology and...

2014-06-30 08:30:32

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced the initiation of a global confirmatory Phase 3 clinical trial of Translarna(TM) (ataluren), an investigational new drug, in patients with nonsense mutation cystic fibrosis (nmCF). Nonsense mutations within cystic fibrosis are categorized as Class I mutations, a severe form of CF that results in little or no production of the CFTR protein. The Phase 3 confirmatory trial is...


Latest Genetics Reference Libraries

GloFish
2013-10-03 10:12:03

The GloFish is a patented and trademarked brand of genetically modified fluorescent fish. Various GloFish are currently on the market. Zebrafish were the first GloFish that were available within pet stores and are now sold in bright green, red, orange-yellow, blue, and purple fluorescent colors. Recently, Electric Green, Sunburst Orange, and Moonrise Pink colored tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) and Electric Green tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona) have been incorporated to the lineup. Although not...

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...

Blue Rose
2013-10-02 08:33:40

A Blue Rose is a flower of the genus Rosa belonging to the family Rosaceae that presents blue to violet pigmentation instead of the more common white, red, or yellow coloration. Blue roses are frequently portrayed in literature and art as a symbol of love and prosperity to those who seek it, but don’t exist in nature as a result of genetic limitations. In 2004, researchers utilized genetic modification to produce roses that contain the blue pigment delphinidin. After 13 years of...

Brief Introduction To DNA Probes
2014-01-12 00:00:00

DNA probes help scientists to detect a specific gene in a long DNA sequence. According to Dr. Michael A. Pfaller, DNA probes are “single-stranded pieces of nucleic acid, labeled with a specific tracer (isotope, enzyme, or chromophore), that will hydrogen bond (hybridize) with complementary single-stranded pieces of DNA (or RNA) under the appropriate conditions of pH, temperature, and iconic strength.” The Foundation for Genomics and Population Health website has a helpful video about...

Caenorhabditis elegans
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Caenorhabditis elegans is a species of parasitic roundworm in the Nematoda phylum. It can be found in temperate regions, in many different areas of the world. It prefers to reside in nutrient rich soils. Its scientific name is derived from the Greek terms Caeno, meaning recent, rhabditis, meaning rod-like, and the Latin term elegans, which means elegant. It was first named by Maupas in 1900, but was not classified in the Caenorhabditis subgenus until 1952 by Osche. Caenorhabditis elegans...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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