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2012-04-11 22:33:34

Findings provide tools for better understanding of the human genome Chromosomes are strands of DNA that contain the blueprint of all living organisms. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes that instruct how genes are regulated during development of the human body. While scientists have developed an understanding of the one-dimensional structure of DNA, until today, little was known about how different parts of DNA are folded next to each other inside the nucleus. Using a powerful DNA...

2012-03-28 08:44:18

Will genetic testing and personalized medicine change the way you think about your life? Should it? What can you really learn about your future from direct-to-consumer genetic tests—or even from whole genome scanning, which is becoming increasingly affordable? And what about your privacy: how well is your genetic information protected? These and other bioethics issues are raised in Cracking Your Genetic Code, a NOVA special produced in association with The Hastings Center that airs...

2012-03-26 13:38:10

Just as aspiring authors often read hundreds of books before starting their own, scientists are using decades of knowledge garnered from sequencing or "reading" the genetic codes of thousands of living things to now start writing new volumes in the library of life. J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., one of the most renowned of those scientists, described the construction of the first synthetic cell and many new applications of this work today at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the...

2012-03-14 12:48:44

CPRIT grant helps Rice, BCM crack problem of predicting gene targets for PcG proteins Cancer is usually attributed to faulty genes, but growing evidence from the field of cancer epigenetics indicates a key role for the gene “silencing” proteins that stably turn genes off inside the cell nucleus. A new study from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) promises to speed research in the field by rapidly identifying the genes that epigenetic proteins can target for...

Gene Mutation Responsible For Severe Form Of Epilepsy Identified
2012-02-24 06:02:48

Researchers at the University of Arizona have identified a previously unknown mutation in a sodium channel protein in the central nervous system as the likely cause of a severe form of epilepsy. Such deciphering of the genetic information from a single individual in a matter of weeks to find a certain disease-causing genetic mutation would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. But today, a team of researchers led by Michael Hammer applied Next Generation Genome Sequencing to decipher...

New Study Offers Evidence Against 'Rotting Y' Chromosome Theory
2012-02-23 06:04:12

Males of the world, fear not -- researchers have determined that the chromosome which determines maleness is not shrinking after all, and concerns that the gender could be headed for extinction are apparently unfounded. The study, which was led by Jennifer Hughes and David Page of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the MIT Department of Biology, have compared the genes of the human Y chromosome to those of chimpanzees and rhesus macaques, according to Guardian Science...

Devil's Contagious Cancer Genome Sequenced
2012-02-17 05:48:15

[ Watch the Video ] The Tasmanian devil population is threatened to extinction with a highly contagious cancer. In order to understand the origins of the cancer, researchers have sequenced the complete genome of the cell and traced it back to what they are calling an ℠immortal´ female. Researchers hope by sequencing the genome they can find a way to help the Tasmanian devil. According to Elizabeth Murchison, a Tasmanian native working at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in...


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