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2012-09-20 16:43:40

The cost of sequencing the entire human genome, or exome — the regions of the genome that are translated into proteins that affect cell behavior — has decreased significantly, to the point where the cost of looking at the majority of a patient's genomic data may be less expensive than undertaking one or two targeted genetic tests. While efficient, the acquisition of this much genetic data — in some cases as many as 1.5 to 2 million variants — creates other challenges....

New Human Brain Atlas Based on Gene Expression
2012-09-20 09:33:54

April Flowers for  redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the Allen Institute for Brain Science reports that human brains share a consistent genetic blueprint and possess enormous biochemical complexity. The findings, published in Nature, stem from the first in-depth and large-scale analysis of the vast data set publicly available in the Allen Human Brain Atlas. The Allen Human Brain Atlas fully integrates different kinds of data across different scales of brain...

Pacific Oyster
2012-09-20 05:04:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team´s sequencing of the Pacific oyster´s genome has produced pearls of wisdom regarding the structure and adaptability of the tasty mollusk. "The accomplishment is a major breakthrough in the international Conchological research, with great advancement in the fields of conchology and marine biology." said team member Fusui Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "The study will provide valuable resources...

2012-09-14 02:23:45

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The sequencing of the human genome was once hailed by scientists to be the harbinger of medical miracles. Yet, deciphering our DNA brought us no closer to understanding -- much less finding effective preventive approaches for -- major chronic diseases. But new groundbreaking research is uncovering a higher level of complexity beyond genetic variation. Even better news: proper nutrition can produce positive changes at this higher level. A recent...

2012-09-13 23:02:21

Online tutorial suite and Quick Reference Card teach how to access ENCODE (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements) data in the UCSC Genome Browser. Bellevue, Washington (PRWEB) September 12, 2012 Last week, dozens of papers were published by the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements, http://www.encodeproject.org) project, capping a long effort of a worldwide consortia to build a comprehensive parts list of functional elements in the human genome. What can be lost in the press coverage and sometimes...

International Consortium Uses ENCODE To Work Out DNA Role In Disease
2012-09-06 07:57:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Partway through the 2003 sci-fi thriller ℠The Matrix Reloaded,´ we learn that the virtual reality world inhabited by society is criss-crossed with secret passages. Ordinary doorways suddenly became passages and pathways that made for limitless possibilities. And like this infinite number of secret routes that fan out across the Matrix, a massive international team of scientists has discovered that the enormous amount of...

2012-09-05 11:45:11

The Cancer Genetics Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine now offers the Cancer Exome Sequencing test, which uses next-generation sequencing to identify acquired changes in the DNA of a patient's tumor. "Cancer exome sequencing is poised to change the current paradigm of genetic testing for cancer patients," said Dr. Federico Monzon, director of molecular pathology at the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at BCM. "Rather than testing a single gene or panel of genes, cancer exome sequencing...

2012-09-05 02:24:39

LA JOLLA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "There are two groups of people," J. Craig Venter told Der Spiegel in 2010. "People either want to know...or they prefer to live like an ostrich with their head in the sand, not knowing anything." By any definition, Venter is a person who wants to know. He wanted to understand the human genome. But the Human Genome Project was working too slowly for his taste. So he created a company, Celera Genomics, that leapfrogged the government-backed...

Glioma Risk Increased With Genomic Variant
2012-08-27 09:11:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Of the 6.4 billion nucleotides in the human genome, a single change from adenine to guanine at a specific location recently identified by geneticists can increase the odds of certain kinds of brain tumors by six times, according to the scientists´ report in the latest edition of the journal Nature Genetics. The results produced by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and the Mayo Clinic could result...

Why Are Chimps And Humans Genetically Different?
2012-08-24 09:45:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much has been made of the fact that ninety-six percent of a chimpanzee's genome is the same as a human's. However, it is that other four percent, and the vast differences, that pique the interest of Georgia Tech's Soojin Yi. For example, why do humans have a high risk of cancer while chimps rarely develop the disease? In a new study published in September's American Journal of Human Genetics, Yi looked at brain samples from each...