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Major new study reveals new similarities and differences between mice and humans

Powerful clues have been discovered about why the human immune system, metabolism, stress response, and other life functions are so different from ...

Scientists Map Mouse Genome's 'Mission Control Centers'

When the mouse and human genomes were catalogued more than 10 years ago, an international team of researchers set out to understand ...

Gene therapy provides safe, long-term relief for patients with severe hemophilia B

Gene therapy pioneered by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University College London and the Royal Free Hospital provides men with hemophilia B reliable relief from the bleeding disorder ... Full story

Of mice and men: Researchers compare mammals’ genomes to aid human clinical research

Comparing the human genome with the mouse genome reveals both shared general principles and important differences in how each species’ genes are regulated. ... Full story

New comprehensive view of the mouse genome finds many similarities and striking differences with human genome

Comparisons of both genomes' inner workings may lead to a better use of mouse models ... Full story

Variation in expression of thousands of genes is kept under tight constraint in mice and humans, in all cells and tissues

Results are part of a comprehensive view of the mouse genome that emerges from the Mouse ENCODE project ... Full story

Humans and Mice: Similar enough for studying disease and different enough to give us new clues about evolution

A group of international researchers has just discovered the keys to explaining why certain processes and systems in mice, like the immune system, metabolism and stress response, are so different to those in humans. The scientists have detailed the functional parts of the mouse genome and have compared them with those in humans. A whole set of data has come out of this – which is now to available to the scientific community – which will be significant for research into mammalian biology as well as the study of human illness mechanisms. ... Full story

Koala study reveals clues about origins of the human genome

URBANA, Ill. - Eight percent of your genome derives from retroviruses that inserted themselves into human sex cells millions of years ago. Right now the koala retrovirus (KoRV) is invading koala genomes, a process that can help us understand our own viral lineage and make decisions about managing this vulnerable species. ... Full story

Genetic testing for personalized nutrition leads to better outcomes

TORONTO, ON – Personalized dietary advice based on a person’s genetic makeup improves eating habits compared to current “one-size-fits-all” dietary recommendations, says a University of Toronto researcher. ... Full story

New genetic cause for rare form of epilepsy identified

Modern DNA sequencing technologies help to identiry rare epilepsy genes. cbsnews.com ... Full story

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