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2012-05-03 15:53:42

A research group from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center led by Prof. Ohad Birk has discovered genetic mutations that lead to intestinal blockages in newborns from two Bedouin tribes in Israel. The new paper published in the American Journal of Human Genetics identifies mutations in gene GUCY2C that abrogates its function. The mutations were identified in two different Negev Bedouin tribes where there were instances of intestinal obstructions in...

Possible Genetic Cause Of Myopia Discovered
2011-09-02 05:43:51

  Researchers at a university in Israel claim to have discovered the genetic defect that results in myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness. A team of scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), led by Professor Ohad Birk, report that they discovered a mutation occurring in LEPREL1, a protein-coding gene type, "specifically causes myopia," according to a Thursday press release from the school. The research was completed at BGU's Morris Kahn Laboratory of...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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