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2011-07-28 17:46:56

Max Planck researchers encounter genetic changes in the genome of the cellular power plants of human induced pluripotent stem cells Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) are truly talented multi-taskers. They can reproduce almost all cell types and thus offer great hope in the fight against diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. However, it would appear that their use is not entirely without risk: during the reprogramming of body cells into iPS cells, disease-causing mutations can...

2011-06-29 07:00:29

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A class of anti-retroviral drugs commonly used to treat HIV, particularly in Africa and low income countries, can cause premature aging, according to this study. The study shows that the drugs damage DNA in the patient's mitochondria "“ the 'batteries' which power their cells. The findings may explain why HIV-infected people treated with antiretroviral drugs sometimes show advanced signs of frailty and age-associated diseases such as cardiovascular disease and...

2011-06-16 09:42:00

OMAHA, Neb., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Transgenomic, Inc. (OTC/BB: TBIO) today announced the launch of the Nuclear Mitome Test, a genetic test to aid physicians in the diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders. The Nuclear Mitome Test, employs next-generation sequencing technology to identify mutations in more than 400 genes, and represents the most comprehensive genetic test available for mitochondrial disorders. The announcement was made at the 2011 United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation...

2011-06-08 02:01:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed an Expanded Access program to provide EPI-743 to seriously ill patients diagnosed with inherited respiratory chain diseases of the mitochondria. Patients with genetically confirmed disease and patients who meet specific clinical criteria, absent genetic confirmation are both eligible. As of June 1, 2011, 40 seriously ill subjects...

2011-05-31 13:03:21

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can give women at risk of passing on a mitochondrial DNA disorder to their offspring a good chance of being able to give birth to an unaffected child, a researcher told the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics today (Monday). Dr. Debby Hellebrekers, from Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands, said that the scientists' findings could have a considerable effect on preventing the transmission of...

2011-05-19 10:26:00

--Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Study May Point to Much-Needed Drug Therapy for Elusive Metabolic Disorders -- PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A human drug that both prevents and cures kidney failure in mice sheds light on disabling human mitochondrial disorders, and may represent a potential treatment in people with such illnesses. "There are no effective cures for mitochondrial diseases, even in animals," said study leader Marni J. Falk, M.D., who cares for...

2011-05-01 00:09:03

MitoAction announces the second annual Sandra K. Russell Derby Day Benefit for Mito, a Derby Day fundraiser to support those who are battling mitochondrial disease. The benefit will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Up to four hundred guests will celebrate and watch the Kentucky Derby Race and enjoy delicious food, drinks, music, contests, fabulous auction items, and prizes. (PRWEB) April 29, 2011 The event is held in memory of Sandra K....

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2011-04-19 12:35:00

A British expert panel said on Tuesday that more research is needed before "3-parent" fertility treatments designed to prevent some incurable diseases can be considered safe for clinical use. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said the evidence suggested the methods were safe, but more laboratory experiments should be done before they are used in clinics. The techniques involve intervening in the fertilization process to remove faulty mitochondrial DNA, which can lead...

2011-02-17 00:00:46

MEDomics is the DNA Diagnostic Partner for the Physician Providing Personalized Medicine Azusa, CA (PRWEB) February 16, 2011 MEDomics provides next generation (NextGen) sequence-based DNA diagnostic testing to enable personalized medicine in the genomics era, and is transforming diagnostic testing for mitochondrial diseases. The staff at MEDomics "live and breathe" mitochondrial medicine says Steve S. Sommer, MD, PhD, Founder, President and Senior Clinical Molecular Geneticists. After two...

2011-01-25 15:06:00

MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry by Dr. Daniel Rossignol (International Child Development Resource Center, Melbourne FL, Aid for Autism) and Dr. Richard Frye (University of Texas), children with autism are more likely to have abnormal function of a key part of the cell called the mitochondria (http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/mp2010136a.html). Mitochondria are best known for producing energy for the...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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