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Research in the News: Yale researchers devise a faster, less expensive way to analyze gene activity

By Vicky Agnew - A team of Yale researchers has developed a simple method that could significantly reduce the time and cost ...

Fighting a Worm with Its Own Genome

Tiny parasitic hookworms infect nearly half a billion people worldwide—almost exclusively in developing countries—causing health problems ranging from gastrointestinal issues to cognitive ...

Do some athletes carry the injury gene?

Scientists are investigating whether certain genes can make you more prone to injury in sport. ... Full story

Rare disease sufferers learn about new gene therapy research at Royal Holloway

As the world marks Rare Disease Day tomorrow (Saturday 28 February), Royal Holloway is welcoming secondary school pupils and sufferers with their families and carers today to learn about the world-leading research that is taking place to develop new therapies. ... Full story

Culture Clash: How Stem Cells Are Grown Affects Their Genetic Stability

Methods to multiply pluripotent cells for potential therapies raise worries about cancer ... Full story

Researchers pin down genetic pathways linked to CF disease severity

New findings from the UNC School of Medicine may shed light on why cystic fibrosis patients with the same genetic mutation can have different disease severity and may react differently to medications ... Full story

Beyond genetics: illuminating the epigenome

OPINION: If you are attracted to the more mysterious areas of science, such as quantum mechanics and cosmology, and your special interest is Lamarckian epigenetic inheritance, then you may be aware that Nature has just published articles summarising progress of the Roadmap Epigenomics Project towards producing a reference human epigenome. ... Full story

New Clues to Causes of Birth Defects

(BRONX, NY)—Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found a possible clue to why older mothers face a higher risk for having babies born with conditions such as Down syndrome that are characterized by abnormal chromosome numbers. ... Full story

Genetic mechanism discovery key to controlling cell growth in the vinegar fly

A group of researchers of the University of Barcelona (UB) have described a key interaction to understanding growth control in the vinegar fly (Drosophila melanogaster). According to the study, published in the journal of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), EMBO Reports, the interaction between the transcription factor Cabut and the protein Yorkie (YAP/TAZ in humans) is necessary for tissue and organ regeneration and growth. ... Full story

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