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2013-06-06 18:27:15

Genetic mutation of a testis stem cell actually gives the disease an edge, making older fathers more likely to pass it along to their children Scientists at USC have unlocked the mystery of why new cases of the genetic disease Noonan Syndrome are so common: a mutation that causes the disease disproportionately increases a normal father´s production of sperm carrying the disease trait. When this Noonan syndrome mutation arises in a normal sperm stem cell it makes that cell more...

2013-06-04 23:30:00

In light of Angelina Jolie's recent mastectomy, Kwiksure examines the relationship between health insurance coverage and preventative cancer surgery. Hong Kong (PRWEB) June 04, 2013 Angelina Jolie made headline news recently as she publicly shared her elective preventative double mastectomy in the New York Times on the 14th of May, after testing positive for the BRCA mutation. A week later, a British businessman followed suit with the removal of his healthy prostate as tests showed he also...

Port-Wine Stain Birthmark And Sturge-Weber Syndrome Tied By Gene
2013-05-12 09:49:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland have discovered a genetic mutation they say is responsible for both port-wine stain birthmarks and a rare neurological condition known as Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS). According to The Telegraph, the birthmarks are caused by “abnormally dilated capillaries in the skin, which produce reddish to purplish discoloration.” Now the researchers have discovered...

Nearsightedness May Be Due To Genetic Mutation
2013-05-03 06:01:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered a link between nearsightedness and mutations in a gene partially responsible for the regulation of copper and oxygen levels in eye tissues, according to a paper published in Thursday´s edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics. Nearsightedness, which is also known as myopia, is a condition which results when a person´s eye is too long or there is too much curvature in their cornea,...

2013-04-25 20:27:17

The gene could also be involved in breast and ovarian cancer An international research consortium led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the CIBERER and the University of Wurzburg (Germany) has discovered a gene that can cause three totally different diseases, depending on how it is altered. The researchers, using next-generation massive ultrasequencing techniques, have sequenced the over 20,000 genes of a Fanconi anemia patient's genome. By adopting this...

2013-04-25 20:22:47

Sequencing of 57 prostate cancer genomes shows cancer gains powerful advantage with abrupt intervals of complex, large scale DNA reshuffling Cancer is typically thought to develop after genes gradually mutate over time, finally overwhelming the ability of a cell to control growth. But a new closer look at genomes in prostate cancer by an international team of researchers reveals that, in fact, genetic mutations occur in abrupt, periodic bursts, causing complex, large scale reshuffling of...

Researchers Buzzed Over Caffeine As Cancer-cell Killer
2013-04-19 12:13:18

University of Alberta UAlberta research team uses caffeine and fruit flies to pinpoint genetic pathways that guide DNA repair in cancer cells. Researchers from the University of Alberta are abuzz after using fruit flies to find new ways of taking advantage of caffeine´s lethal effects on cancer cells–results that could one day be used to advance cancer therapies for people. Previous research has established that caffeine interferes with processes in cancer cells that...

2013-04-18 22:00:23

Study finds abnormal protein translation leads to Fragile X ataxia, a disorder seen in grandfathers of children with Fragile X syndrome A bizarre twist on the usual way proteins are made may explain mysterious symptoms in the grandparents of some children with mental disabilities. The discovery, made by a team of scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School, may lead to better treatments for older adults with a recently discovered genetic condition. The condition, called...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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