Latest Mutation Stories
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.
Mutations in a gene called XRCC2 cause increased breast cancer risk.
A collaboration by an international consortium of researchers led by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University have linked the discovery of a mutation in a mitochondrial gene in fruit flies that causes the loss of neurologic function (a neurodegenerative set of characteristics or phenotype) and a progressive recessively inherited ataxia or neurodegenerative disorder in humans.
When the intestines are not able to properly process our diet, a variety of disorders can develop, with chronic diarrhea as a common symptom.
A collaborative study by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, and published March 20 in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, has discovered that mutations in the same gene that encodes part of the vital machinery of the mitochondrion can cause neurodegenerative disorders in both fruit flies and humans.
A new study by University of Notre Dame biologist Michael Pfrender and a team of researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno, Utah State University and the University of Virginia suggests that snakes from different regions of the world have evolved a similar, remarkable resistance to a deadly neurotoxin.
Researchers at the University of Arizona have identified a previously unknown mutation in a sodium channel protein in the central nervous system as the likely cause of a severe form of epilepsy.
For decades, researchers have sought a genetic explanation for idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a weakening and enlargement of the heart that puts an estimated 1.6 million Americans at risk of heart failure each year.
DNA sequencing to detect genetic mutations can aid in the diagnosis and selection of treatment for cancer.
Many living organisms suffer from parasites, which use the hosts’ resources for their own purposes. The problem of parasitism occurs at all levels right down to the DNA scale.
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