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Genetic Regulators Of High Blood Pressure Discovered
2011-09-12 05:00:04

  An international team of researchers revealed on Sunday that they had discovered multiple DNA sequence variations which could influence hypertension, also known as or high blood pressure. According to a September 11 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions press release, the study of more than 200,000 subjects from around the globe helped scientists pinpoint 29 different genes which could influence blood pressure. These sequence variations, which can be found in locations across the...

Scientists Announce Breakthroughs In Fight Against Leukemia
2011-09-05 04:59:03

  Two new studies that could ultimately help with the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia were published in the Sunday edition of the journal Nature Genetics. In the first, a team of scientists from the Center for Cancer Biology (CCB) at the University of Australia and the University of Washington discovered a genetic defect that they says indicates a pre-disposition to contract acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplasia. According to a University of Washington press release,...

2011-08-29 13:08:11

An international team of scientists, funded in the UK by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has sequenced the genome of a Chinese cabbage variety of a plant called Brassica rapa, a close relative of oilseed rape. The research, which is published today (28 August) in the journal Nature Genetics, could help improve the efficiency of oilseed rape breeding, as well as that of a host of other important food and oil crops. The project was conducted by an...

2011-08-29 12:05:29

Identified gene mutation may underlie other cancer types Scientists have found that individuals who carry a mutation in a gene called BAP1 are susceptible to developing two forms of cancer — mesothelioma, and melanoma of the eye. Additionally, when these individuals are exposed to asbestos or similar mineral fibers, their risk of developing mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the chest and abdomen, may be markedly increased. The study, published online Aug. 28,...

2011-08-29 12:02:23

An international team of researchers led by Imperial College London has identified six new genetic variants associated with type-2 diabetes in South Asians. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, give scientists new leads in the search for diagnostic markers and drug targets to prevent and treat this major disease. People of South Asian ancestry are up to four times more likely than Europeans to develop type 2 diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Around...

2011-08-15 12:14:55

Findings will help lead to personalized therapies for common, complex illnesses characterized by abnormal immune responses Scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Toronto, University Health Network and McGill University have obtained significant new insights into the causes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders including type 1 diabetes, lupus and Graves disease. The findings represent a key initial step in realizing the...

2011-08-08 06:42:29

Study published online today in Nature Genetics BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital and Shenzhen Second People's Hospital, announced today that the study on frequent mutations of chromatin remodeling genes in transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the bladder was published online in Nature Genetics. This study provides a valuable genetic basis for future studies on TCC, suggesting that aberration of chromatin regulation might be one of the...

2011-08-08 06:31:57

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have shown that new, or "de novo," protein-altering mutations"”genetic errors that are present in patients but not in their parents"”play a role in more than 50 percent of "sporadic" "”i.e., not hereditary"”cases of schizophrenia. The findings will be published online on August 7, 2011, in Nature Genetics. A group led by Maria Karayiorgou, MD, and Joseph A. Gogos, MD, PhD, examined the genomes of patients with...

2011-08-01 12:12:26

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), together with colleagues at Kyoto University, Tsukuba University, Harvard University, and other medical institutions have identified three new loci associated with susceptibility to adult asthma in the Japanese population. The findings appear in Nature Genetics and derive from a genome-wide study of 4836 Japanese individuals. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people suffer from bronchial asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease...

2011-08-01 12:10:54

Discovers new asthma gene in African-Americans, replicates 4 others A new national collaboration of asthma genetics researchers has revealed a novel gene associated with the disease in African-Americans, according to a new scientific report. By pooling data from nine independent research groups looking for genes associated with asthma, the newly-created EVE Consortium identified a novel gene association specific to populations of African descent. In addition, the new study confirmed the...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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