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2011-01-06 16:57:04

Medical researchers who crave a means of exploring the genetic culprits behind a host of neuromuscular disorders may have just had their wish granted by a team working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have performed surgery on single cells to extract and examine their mitochondria. The scientists reached into these cells and extracted their "engines""”the mitochondria that are in large part responsible for our metabolism. Many human cells...

2010-12-19 00:28:44

MEDomics is seeing acceptance of its clinical tests for mitochondrial disease among the mitochondrial disease community. Azusa, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2010 MEDomics provides NextGen sequence-based DNA diagnostic testing to enable personalized medicine in the genomics era and is transforming diagnostic testing for mitochondrial diseases. Entering its third year of operations, MEDomics is seeing acceptance of its clinical tests for mitochondrial disease among the mitochondrial disease...

2010-12-03 07:12:25

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Children with autism are much more likely to have deficits in their ability to produce cellular energy than typically developing children. The researchers found that cumulative damage and oxidative stress in mitochondria, the energy producer of the cell, could influence the onset and severity of autism, suggesting a strong link between autism and mitochondrial defects. The authors believe that lack of ability to fuel the brain neurons might lead to some of the...

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2010-12-01 05:50:00

Autistic children are more likely to have trouble producing cellular energy due to mitochondrial DNA abnormalities than their typically developing counterparts, claims a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at the University of California-Davis Health System discovered that impaired mitochondrial function due to damage and oxidative stress could be linked to the autism. While they say that this does not identify the cause of...

2010-10-28 12:38:00

--Studying the Cells' Power Plants, a Major Factor in Life Functions-- PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Douglas C. Wallace, Ph.D., a pioneer and internationally prominent scientist in the field of human mitochondrial genetics, has joined The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to continue his investigations into the role of mitochondrial energy in health and disease. In establishing the Center of Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine (CMEM) at Children's Hospital, Wallace...

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2010-04-16 08:22:16

Finds that cells without mitochondrial fusion have less mtDNA, more mutations in their mtDNA, and less ability to tolerate those mutations A typical human cell contains hundreds of mitochondria"”energy-producing organelles"”that continually fuse and divide. Relatively little is known, however, about why mitochondria undergo this behavior. In a paper published in the April 16 issue of the journal Cell, a team of researchers"”led by scientists at the California Institute of...

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2010-04-15 13:25:00

Embryos containing genetic material from a man and two women have been produced in a project that researchers are hailing as a "ray of hope" for thousands of families troubled by rare genetic diseases that can lead to heart failure, blindness, diabetes and even infant mortality. The technique used has researchers hopeful that it could be offered to women within three years. But the study is likely to re-spark the debate over the ethics of embryo research and "designer babies." Women who...

2009-12-17 14:53:00

OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Transgenomic, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: TBIO) announced today that it has reached agreement with Gene Solutions for an exclusive licensing option to a set of validated mutations found in Parkinson's disease patients that can form the basis of a novel and accurate diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease. Transgenomic's platform mitochondrial mutation detection technology will be evaluated and optimized to develop a diagnostic test that...

2009-10-23 12:08:40

Soon you could be genetically screened for mitochondrial disorders quickly and comprehensively. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Genome Medicine, outlines an innovative clinical diagnostic test for the early identification of a wide range of mitochondrial disorders. Mutations to one of the mitochondrial genes, or to a number of nuclear genes with roles in mitochondrial function, can cause diseases which have very similar symptoms, making them difficult to diagnose...

2009-08-27 22:26:00

WOBURN, Mass., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. researchers using CRi's Oosight(TM) imaging system have developed a gene transfer technique that has potential to prevent inherited diseases passed on from mothers to their children through mutated DNA in cell mitochondria. The research, which demonstrated the technique in rhesus monkeys, appears in the Aug. 26 issue of the journal Nature. The group, headed by Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon National Primate Research Center and the Oregon...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
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