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2012-03-15 07:03:00

Innovation consortium hopes to use breakthroughs in genome mapping and molecular diagnostics to predict and prevent disease and maintain wellness SEATTLE, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PeaceHealth and the P4 Medicine institute (P4Mi) announced a partnership today that will ultimately give PeaceHealth providers additional innovative care tools and technologies to predict and potentially delay and / or avoid disease in patients through breakthroughs in genome mapping...

2012-03-01 01:59:41

Experts say at least $20 million to $30 million in government research is needed over the next decade to adequately identify and address the possible ecological risks of synthetic biology, an emerging area of research focused on the design and construction of new biological parts and systems, or modification of existing ones, to create new applications in areas ranging from energy to chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Without key research into these risks and appropriate federal oversight,...

2012-02-08 12:31:39

A large-scale study analyzing metabolic compounds in rice grains conducted by researchers at the RIKEN Plant Science Center (PSC) and their collaborators has identified 131 rice metabolites and clarified the genetic and environmental factors that influence their production. The findings provide a natural way to bioengineer improved rice grain varieties by selectively increasing production of useful metabolites, boosting the nutritional value of crops. As one of the most important staple...

2012-02-08 07:00:00

Are We Making Progress? WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center is launching a new web-based Synthetic Biology Scorecard, designed to track federal and non-federal efforts to improve the governance of synthetic biology research and development so risks are minimized and broad social and economic benefits can be realized. The Scorecard, unveiled today, monitors the progress made toward implementing the...

2012-01-30 08:25:18

In a study to the genetic variance of human metabolism, researchers have identified thirty one regions of the genome that were associated with levels of circulating metabolites, i.e., small molecules that take part in various chemical reactions of human body. Many of the studied metabolites are biomarkers for cardiovascular disease or related disorders, thus the loci uncovered may provide valuable insight into the biological processes leading to common diseases. Laboratory tests used in...

2012-01-24 12:00:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International has introduced MetaFlux, a new software tool to substantially decrease the time required for researchers to construct genome-scale models of metabolic networks. Metabolic networks are the complete set of metabolic and physical processes that determine the physiological and biochemical properties of a cell. Genome-scale models are used to predict cell growth rate, combinations of chemicals that can support...

2012-01-24 11:47:32

Study of plant hormone could have far-reaching implications for cell biology and disease research A recent Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) study published in the journal Science investigating the molecular structure and function of an essential plant hormone could profoundly change our understanding of a key cell process, and might ultimately lead to the development of new drugs for a variety of diseases. The study builds on earlier work by the same team of investigators at VARI...

2012-01-23 15:21:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) study published in the journal Science investigating the molecular structure and function of an essential plant hormone could profoundly change our understanding of a key cell process, and might ultimately lead to the development of new drugs for a variety of diseases. The study builds on earlier work by the same team of investigators at VARI that was published in the...

2012-01-23 10:28:37

Findings suggest new target for drug development Millions of people worldwide suffer from a type of chronic pain called neuropathic pain, which is triggered by nerve damage. Precisely how this pain persists has been a mystery, and current treatments are largely ineffective. But a team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, using a new approach known as metabolomics, has now discovered a major clue: dimethylsphingosine (DMS), a small-molecule byproduct of cellular membranes...

2011-12-21 22:47:54

A team led by a University of Miami researcher is creating the first map of protein interactions within neurons, in a live organism University of Miami biology professor Akira Chiba is leading a multidisciplinary team to develop the first systematic survey of protein interactions within brain cells. The team is aiming to reconstruct genome-wide in situ protein-protein interaction networks (isPIN) within the neurons of a multicellular organism. Preliminary data were presented at the...