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2012-02-17 00:31:25

Researchers develop a new catalogue to help identify gene variations associated with disease A high-quality reference catalogue of the genetic changes that result in the deactivation of human genes has been developed by a team of researchers. This catalogue of loss-of-function (LoF) variants is needed to find new disease-causing mutations and will help us to better understand the normal function of human genes. In addition, the researchers report that each of us is carrying around 20 genes...

2012-02-13 23:12:18

More than just packaging, the genome affects the way our genes change and develop, says a TAU researcher Since Charles Darwin first put forth the theory of evolution, scientists have been trying to unlock the mysteries of genetics. But research on the genome – the organism's entire hereditary package encoded in DNA and RNA – has been less extensive. There is a tendency to think of the genome as a static and passive container of information, says Dr. Ehud Lamm of Tel Aviv...

2012-01-05 13:02:29

Not so long ago it was the work of many years to sequence the genome of a single organism: the human genome project, for example, took many laboratories a total of 13 years to complete. The availability of so-called next-generation sequencing methods makes it easy — and comparatively cheap — to sequence DNA, although sequencing the large number of individuals required for population genetics studies is still time-consuming and costly and has thus been restricted to few organisms....

2011-12-28 08:10:14

An important part of saving a species is often understanding its DNA. Through a collaborative effort including 14 scientists representing organizations across Europe and the United States, researchers have been able to analyze the genome of the great ape species of the world. "A robust appreciation of the means and methods of the evolution of genomes which underlies the diversification of the great apes requires a more detailed knowledge of genome variation that is poorly revealed by...

2011-12-07 20:23:58

The Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center has received a four-year, $85.2 million renewal award from the National Institutes of Health National Human Genome Research Institute. Directed by Dr. Richard Gibbs, the Baylor Genome Sequencing Center seeks to advance the study of genomics and its use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Large-scale centers carry load "NHGRI relies on the large-scale centers to be its sequencing production and intellectual...

2011-12-05 11:00:35

Researchers at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) have, for the very first time, developed a computational tool that comes with a guarantee on its reliability when reconstructing the DNA sequence of organisms, thus enabling a more streamlined process for reconstructing and studying genomic sequences.   The work, lead by Dr Niranjan Nagarajan, Assistant Director of Computational and Mathematical Biology at the GIS, was reported in the November 2011 issue of the Journal of...


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