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2011-06-23 07:49:00

GREEN BAY, Wis., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Ajay Goel, Ph.D., Director of Epigenetics and Cancer Prevention at the Gastrointestinal Research Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, has announced plans for a series of upcoming studies to continue to unlock the mechanisms by which curcumin prevents cancer via its influence on epigenetic activity. While many people believe there is a strong genetic influence in the development of cancer, Dr. Goel states this is...

2011-06-08 01:34:16

As it turns out, humans aren't the only organisms that turn to caffeine for a pick-me-up. University of Iowa scientists have identified four different bacteria that actually can live on caffeine. One of them, known as Pseudomonas putida CBB5, was found in a flowerbed outside a UI research laboratory. The research team says the discovery -- and the new understanding of how the process works -- could in the future allow scientists to convert waste from leftover coffee, tea and even chocolate...

2011-06-03 12:16:30

Two promising new treatments to aid people with autism have shown effectiveness in pilot studies conducted by an Arizona State University professor and private researchers. Several studies indicate that children with autism often have abnormalities in critical biochemical functions that help maintain health "“ specifically methylation, glutathione, and mitochondrial functions. Methylation turns proteins in the body on and off "“ including DNA and RNA "“ a function that...

2011-06-02 13:39:37

The study may allow finding the unknown origin of metastasis and improving treatments Until a decade, it was believed that differences between people were due solely to the existence of genetic changes, which are alterations in the sequence of our genes. The discoveries made during these last ten years show that beings with the same genetics like the twins and cloned animals may have different characteristics and disease due to epigenetic changes. Epigenetics involves chemical signatures that...

2011-05-19 06:56:24

(Ivanhoe Newswire) --Children whose mothers and grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from childhood asthma and researchers may have just figured out why. A new study shows changes in a process called DNA methylation, that occurs before birth, may be a root cause. DNA methylation can alter a gene's typical function, and the altered genes can be passed along from parent to child. For this study, researchers observed DNA methylation-related changes in the AXL gene in...

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2011-05-19 06:05:00

Children whose mothers smoked while pregnant are at an increased risk of developing asthma, possibly because smoking while pregnant can change the structure of the child's DNA, weakening the immune system, according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California. The research suggests that changes in a process called DNA methylation, which can alter a gene's normal function, may be responsible for the increased risk. The altered genes can be passed along from parent to...

2011-05-18 14:18:29

Children whose mothers or grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk of asthma in childhood, but the underlying causes of this are not well understood. Now a new study indicates changes in a process called DNA methylation that occurs before birth may be a root cause. The study will be presented at the ATS 2011 International Conference. DNA methylation is a process that can alter a gene's usual function. These altered genes can be passed along from parent to child. In this...

2011-05-12 22:14:40

Discovery, which has implications for cancer, explains why some genes are silenced Japanese and U.S. scientists in the young field of epigenetics Thursday reported a rationale as to how specific genes are silenced and others are not. Because this effect can be reversed, it may be possible to devise therapies for cancer and other diseases using this information. The NOVA U.S. public television program described epigenetics as "The Ghost In Your Genes." It is the study of changes in gene...

2011-05-02 16:30:51

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered two mutations responsible for a devastating neurological condition they first identified 15 years ago. The researchers say their study -- appearing in Nature Genetics -- has revealed a new neural pathway that may help understand a variety of similar conditions. "We were able to do this now because of Next Generation genomic sequencing technology," says Christopher Klein, M.D., Mayo Clinic neurologist and lead author of the study. "We also had the...

2011-04-20 21:26:46

Exposure to air pollution early in life and when a woman gives birth to her first child may alter her DNA and may be associated with premenopausal breast cancer later in life, researchers at the University at Buffalo have shown. The findings indicated that higher air pollution exposure at birth may alter DNA methylation, which may increase levels of E-cadherin, a protein important to the adhesion of cells, a function that plays an essential role in maintaining a stable cellular environment...


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