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2014-05-08 09:51:38

Old data can be mined to find new genetic associations and gene interactions The power of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to detect genetic influences on human disease can be substantially increased using a statistical testing framework reported in the May issue of the journal GENETICS. Despite the proliferation of GWAS, the associations found so far have largely failed to account for the known effects of genes on complex disease — the problem of "missing heritability."...

2014-05-08 08:56:02

As a fresh wave of extinctions sweeps through the ranks of Australian native animals, scientists are deploying their most powerful weapon yet in the struggle to understand and head off the wipe-out. Progress in developing the first nationwide database of Australian mammal observations, and understanding what is driving the dramatic rate of disappearances, will be reported to a national conference in Canberra today. With a hundred marsupial species at risk of extinction across the...

2014-05-01 23:07:52

Noted Conservationist Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg will assume the position in September of 2014. Millbrook, NY (PRWEB) May 01, 2014 Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg has been named the next President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; he will assume the position in September of 2014. Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Cary Institute is one of the world’s largest, most influential independent ecological research centers. Areas of expertise include freshwater ecosystems, disease ecology,...

2014-04-23 23:16:03

As a professor of law and ethics, Rebecca Dresser had been teaching and writing for years about dealing with cancer. Yet she found herself personally unprepared for the experience. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 In 2006, when Rebecca Dresser was diagnosed with oral cancer, her life was thrown off-balance. A professor of law and ethics at Washington University in St. Louis, Dresser had been teaching and writing for years about dealing with life-threatening diseases. Yet she found...

2014-04-18 15:41:30

Researchers propose classification system revolutionizing communication of chromosomal abnormalities for research and clinical settings When talking about genetic abnormalities at the DNA level that occur when chromosomes swap, delete or add parts, there is an evolving communication gap both in the science and medical worlds, leading to inconsistencies in clinical and research reports. Now a study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) proposes a new classification system...

Tiger Conservation Efforts Should Focus On Genetic Diversity
2014-04-17 04:27:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While many tiger conservation efforts focus on the numbers of a population, maintaining the big cats’ genetic diversity is just as important, according to a report published on Thursday in the Journal of Heredity. "Numbers don't tell the entire story," study author Elizabeth Hadly, a professor in environmental biology at Stanford University, said in a recent statement. According to the study, because the tiger’s decline has...

Genetic Distinctness To Guide Global Bird Conservation
2014-04-11 12:08:15

Cell Press In the midst of today's global extinction crisis, decisions about conservation should include prioritizing how best to preserve as much of the tree of life as possible. So say researchers who report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on the first application of an approach to identify the most evolutionarily distinct of the world's 9,993 bird species. At the very top of their list of the most evolutionary distinct birds is the South American oilbird, which represents...

2014-04-03 11:52:42

Carnivore size and range, but not conservation status matters to researchers Scientists tend to study larger carnivores with larger geographic ranges than those with greater adaptability and broader diets, according to results published April 2, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Zoe Brooke and colleagues from Zoological Society of London. Scientists need to evaluate research efforts and their effectiveness in order to meet the conservation needs of a wider range of species...

Scientists Identify Factors Limiting Hybridization Of Closely-related Woodrat Species
2014-03-31 08:41:24

Wildlife Conservation Society A pair of new studies from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University, and the University of Nevada Reno look at the surprising variety of factors that prevent two closely related species of woodrats from becoming a single hybrid species despite the existence of hybrid individuals where the two species come into contact. After finding that two closely related species, the desert and Bryant's woodrats, could interbreed and produce hybrid...

Sea Anemone genetics
2014-03-18 13:58:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers lead by evolutionary and developmental biologist Ulrich Technau at the University of Vienna say that a sea anemone has a genomic landscape that is half animal, half plant. Developmental biologists found that the genetic landscape of sea anemones features complex regulatory elements similar to that of fruit flies or other animal model systems. However, they also discovered that sea anemones are more similar to plants rather...


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