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The Genetics Of Mountain Sickness
2013-08-16 05:14:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the genetic basis of chronic mountain sickness (CMS), a condition developed during prolonged exposure to high altitudes, according to research appearing in the August 15 edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics. The condition, which is also known as “Monge's disease,” is the result of low oxygen levels and can cause severe damage to the body, including heart attacks,...

New Childhood Epilepsy Genes
2013-08-12 10:40:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A large, international research consortium has identified 25 new mutations on nine key genes responsible for childhood epilepsy. Because these mutations are not inherited, the scientists used a state-of-the-art genetic technique called exome sequencing to identify them. "It appears that the time for using this approach to understand complex neurological disorders has arrived," said David Goldstein, study leader and director of the...

2013-08-08 13:57:33

A team from the University of Washington has unveiled a comprehensive portrait of the genome of the world’s first immortal cell line, known as HeLa. The cell line was derived in 1951 from an aggressive cervical cancer that killed Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old African-American tobacco farmer and mother of five – the subject of the 2010 New York Times best-seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” They will also be...

2013-08-02 12:30:50

Two women have the same genetic mutation – an abnormal BRCA1 gene that puts them both at much higher-than-average risk for breast cancer – but only one woman develops the disease. Why? Michigan State University genetic scientists have begun to understand the mechanisms behind the phenomena. "It's been known for a while that genetic mutations can modify each other," explained Ian Dworkin, MSU associate professor of zoology. "And we also know that the...

New Clues About Human Ancestry
2013-08-02 05:16:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time, scientists have been able to trace human ancestry through the male line by sequencing the DNA of multiple entire Y chromosomes - and this so-called "Adam" lived during roughly the same time period as the female most recent common ancestor (MRCA), mitochondrial "Eve," they have discovered. The MRCAs, mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam, are two individuals who passed down a portion of their genomes to the...

2013-07-26 12:10:38

Duke researchers have devised a way to quickly and easily target and tinker with any gene in the human genome. The new tool, which builds on an RNA-guided enzyme they borrowed from bacteria, is being made freely available to researchers who may now apply it to the next round of genome discovery. The new method also has obvious utility for gene therapy and for efforts to reprogram stem or adult cells into other cell types – for example, to make new neurons from skin cells....


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