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First Gene Linked To Common Form Of Psoriasis Identified
2012-04-19 11:40:06

Scientists led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified the first gene directly linked to the most common form of psoriasis, a chronic skin condition.

2012-04-16 22:16:52

Evolutionary biologists at the University of Toronto have found that individuals with low-quality genes may produce offspring with even more inferior chromosomes, possibly leading to the extinction of certain species over generations.

2012-04-11 22:19:20

Scientists have discovered a mutation limited to brain tissue that causes hemimegalencephaly (HMG), a condition where one half of the brain is enlarged and dysfunctional, leading to intellectual disability and severe epilepsy.

2012-04-05 09:35:52

Researchers have turned up a new clue to the workings of a possible environmental factor in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): fathers were four times more likely than mothers to transmit tiny, spontaneous mutations to their children with the disorders.

2012-04-04 10:52:28

Genetic mutations in cancer cells can lead to resistance to treatment, thereby potentially resulting in relapse.

2012-04-02 15:21:15

Cardiomyopathy comprises a deterioration of the heart muscle that affects the organ's ability to efficiently pump blood through the body.

2012-04-02 12:53:53

A second mutation found in the tumors of patients with BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma does not contribute to resistance to BRAF inhibitor drugs, a finding that runs counter to what scientists expected to be true.

800px-Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Sunflowers_(Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art)
2012-03-30 13:01:38

For more than a century, Vincent Van Gogh's series of paintings depicting overly-bushy sunflowers were thought to be the result of his alleged mental illness at work.

2012-03-29 23:18:58

In addition to being among his most vibrant and celebrated works, Vincent van Gogh's series of sunflower paintings also depict a mutation whose genetic basis has, until now, been a mystery.


Word of the Day
taphephobia
  • A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.
The word 'taphephobia' comes from Greek roots meaning 'burial' and 'fear'.
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