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2011-08-02 19:30:00

The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Petrosino, builds on local expertise in the study of how the microbiota that colonize the human body (the microbiome) impact health and disease. The center is coordinating and leading research and development efforts in this area across the college, the Texas Medical Center and with collaborators from around the United States and abroad. Established in January of 2011,...

2011-07-13 13:02:01

The new Pediatric Center for Personal Cancer Genomics and Therapeutics has been launched at Baylor College of Medicine through a partnership between the Texas Children's Cancer Center and the Human Genome Sequencing Center at BCM. The goal is to improve the treatment of children with cancer through identification of the specific genetic mutations responsible for their tumors. The center will use state-of-the-art genomic sequencing technologies to comprehensively analyze tumor samples from...

2011-06-30 13:32:10

The genome of the most common form of ovarian cancer is characterized by a few common gene mutations but also surprisingly frequent structural changes in the genome itself, said members of The Cancer Genome Atlas, including the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center, that sequenced and analyzed more than 300 such tumors. The study was the first to achieve an overview of this type of ovarian cancer. "We found that ovarian cancer has a dramatic pattern of genomic disruption,"...

2011-06-23 22:48:53

Imagine two flat screen televisions tuned to the same channel and sitting side-by-side. From a distance, their pictures are virtually the same, however up close, you can see subtle variations in the pixels "“ one blurred here, another dropped out there. Suppose some of these 'bad pixels' are known to produce periodic black-out spells on the screen. Would a sharper image revealing all of the defects help identify which of the screens works perfectly, and which one needs repair? Seven...

2011-06-15 22:24:31

When Noah and Alexis Beery were diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2, their parents thought they at last had an answer to the problems that had plagued their twin infants from birth. However, that proved only a way station on a journey to find an answer to the children's problems that combined their mother's determination, the high tech world of next-generation sequencing in the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center and the efforts of talented physicians from across the country. In a report...

2011-06-15 13:38:00

HOUSTON , June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Noah and Alexis Beery were diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2, their parents thought they at last had an answer to the problems that had plagued their twin infants from birth. However, that proved only a way station on a journey to find an answer to the children's problems that combined their mother's determination, the high tech world of next-generation sequencing in the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) and the...

2011-03-28 21:39:56

Researchers in the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine have received an additional $15.9 million in the new round of grants announced by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Thursday. The Duncan Cancer Center has received more than $50 million in CPRIT funding since the institute began awarding cancer grants to Texas researchers in January 2010. The new awards include:     * Award to recruit Dr. Jin Wang, a promising young...

2011-03-15 13:29:39

An interdisciplinary team of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital researchers will study the possible link between the human microbiome, the mitochondrial genome and premature birth with a four-year $600,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The grant is one of five nationwide designed to explore the biological mechanisms and causes of premature (preterm) birth, which occurs at a rate of 13 percent in the United States. Rates are even higher in African-American and...

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2011-01-26 12:45:00

According to a recently published genome analysis of orangutans, the two populations of the creatures in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra have similarities and differences between the Great Ape family and their human cousins. "As more information about primates becomes known, we find additional genes for which there is positive selection," said Dr. Kim Worley, associate professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center and an author of the report that appears in the...

2010-11-17 13:16:45

Using a combination of special techniques to capture specific DNA sequences and high-throughput technology to sequence them, scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center and the University of Iowa developed a test to simultaneously screen more than 50 genes known to cause hearing loss and deafness "“ a time- and cost-saving analysis that will provide important answers to parents and deaf children in the future. "This use of massively parallel sequencing...


Word of the Day
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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