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2013-09-23 10:24:27

A new method for analyzing gene expression in single cells opens a window into tumors and other tissues A team of researchers affiliated with Ludwig Cancer Research and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report in the current issue of Nature Methods a dramatically improved technique for analyzing the genes expressed within a single cell -- a capability of relevance to everything from basic research to future cancer diagnostics. "There are cells in tumors and in healthy tissues that are...

2013-09-18 15:34:59

University of Adelaide researchers have identified a likely molecular pathway that causes a group of untreatable neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease. The group of about 20 diseases, which show overlapping symptoms that typically include nerve cell death, share a similar genetic mutation mechanism ‒ but how this form of mutation causes these diseases has remained a mystery. "Despite the genes for some of these diseases having been...

2013-08-19 10:33:22

Researchers at Michigan State University use TACC supercomputers to understand DNA bending and repair mechanisms The biological information that makes us unique is encoded in our DNA. DNA damage is a natural biological occurrence that happens every time cells divide and multiply. External factors such as overexposure to sunlight can also damage DNA. Understanding how the human body recognizes damaged DNA and initiates repair fascinates Michael Feig, professor of biochemistry and...

2013-07-31 23:26:04

CSO to Present Data on Using the SURE CHO-Mplus Combinatorial Library to Address a Broad Range of Protein Production Bottlenecks Geneva, Switzerland (PRWEB) July 31, 2013 Selexis SA, a serial innovation company focused on drug discovery for lead identification and cell line development for scale-up and manufacturing of therapeutic protein drugs, announced today the Company will present data on the SURE CHO-Mplus™ Library at the Bioprocessing Summit being held August 19 – 23 at the...

Down's Syndrome Genes Shut Off In New Breakthrough
2013-07-18 05:30:06

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have made a huge breakthrough in our understanding of Down's syndrome. They reported in the online science journal Nature, that in a lab, they have switched off the extra chromosome that causes the disorder in humans. This is the proof-of-principal that opens the doorway for exciting new discoveries about this condition. Down's syndrome is the world's leading genetically...

2013-06-25 19:16:17

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Agilent Laboratories have found that Prader-Willi syndrome — a genetic disorder best known for causing an insatiable appetite that can lead to morbid obesity — is associated with the loss of non-coding RNAs, resulting in the dysregulation of circadian and metabolic genes, accelerated energy expenditure and metabolic differences during sleep. The research was led by Janine LaSalle, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Medical...


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