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Genome Sequencing Reveals Mutation Causing MDP Syndrome
2013-06-17 05:20:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists writing in the journal Nature Genetics has helped to identify a single genetic mutation in National Paracycling Champion Tom Staniford that has led to his extremely rare condition. Staniford suffers a rare condition known as MDP Syndrome in which he is unable to store fat under his skin, despite having type 2 diabetes. Scientists had been baffled by Tom's condition, but advances in genome sequencing...

2013-06-13 10:02:38

Engineered virus will improve gene therapy for blinding eye diseases Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an easier and more effective method for inserting genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases ranging from inherited defects like retinitis pigmentosa to degenerative illnesses of old age, such as macular degeneration. Unlike current treatments, the new procedure — which...

2013-06-06 23:37:20

Biolog, Inc., creator of powerful cell analysis technologies for biomedical research and development, announced today a breakthrough in autism research made by using its advanced Phenotype MicroArray (PM) cell scanning technology. Hayward, CA (PRWEB) June 05, 2013 Discovery Demonstrates Advantage of Metabolic over Genetic Screening Biolog, Inc., creator of powerful cell analysis technologies for biomedical research and development, announced today a breakthrough in autism research made by...

Promise In Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Shown With Genetic Editing
2013-06-05 08:48:09

Duke University Using a novel genetic 'editing' technique, Duke University biomedical engineers have been able to repair a defect responsible for one of the most common inherited disorders, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in cell samples from Duchenne patients. Instead of the common gene therapy approach of adding new genetic material to "override" the faulty gene, the Duke scientists have developed a way to change the existing mutated gene responsible for the disorder into a normally...

2013-05-28 21:28:40

A large scientific study has discovered new genes causing severe seizure disorders that begin in babies and early childhood. The finding will lead to new tests to diagnose these conditions and promises to lead to improved outcomes. Epileptic encephalopathies are severe seizure disorders occurring in infants and children. The seizures are accompanied by slow development and intellectual problems. Pediatric neurologist and researcher Professor Ingrid Scheffer from the University of...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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