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Chemical Exacerbates Bacterial Infection, Important For Cystic Fibrosis

A naturally produced chemical exacerbates infection by a common bacteria, rendering the infection significantly harder for the body to clear, according to ...

Highly efficient agent against Wilson disease

Neuherberg, Germany. In the 'Journal of Clinical Investigation', scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München describe a small peptide that very efficiently binds ...

Curing 'bubble baby' disease: From the lab to the clinic

For the last several decades, scientists worldwide have been seeking to harness the power of stem cells to develop therapies for human diseases and conditions. At UCLA’s Broad Stem Cell Research Center, the potential to bring stem cell therapies to patients is now a reality ... Full story

Clinical trial opens new avenues for pharmacological therapy in Down's syndrome

A team of scientists led by doctors Mara Dierssen at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and Rafael de la Torre at Hospital del Mar ... Full story

Cellular receptors for human cytomegalovirus discovered

A publication in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology identifies PDGFRα as the receptor for the trimeric gHgLgO complex of Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). The study led by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) affiliated to the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) was done in collaboration with scientists from Humabs BioMed SA in Switzerland, the IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, the Istituto Nazionale Genetica Molecolare in Milan, in Italy and the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) of the American National Institutes of Health (NIH). ... Full story

Unravelling the genetic secrets of Huntington's disease

One of Monash University’s doctorate students, April Philpott, was a finalist in the Victorian Young Achiever’s Awards. April undertook her PhD in the Experimental Neuropsychology Research Unit, School of Psychological Sciences, headed by Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis. ... Full story

More Potent, Inexpensive Gene Silencing Agents Described in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics

New Rochelle, NY —Combining the therapeutic potential and advantages of existing oligonucleotide-based approaches to turn off disease-related genes, a type of single-stranded silencing RNAs (ss-siRNAs) has shown significantly improved potency and activity. ... Full story

Study Describes Potential Transmission of Non-Genetic Behavioral Traits to New Generations

Individual symptoms of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, avoidance and a heightened response to stress, can be transmitted from mother to child and even grandchild by multiple non-genetic mechanisms, a new study by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and other institutions shows. ... Full story

Researchers identify genetic links to educational attainment

NIH-funded study examines genetic influences on behavior. ... Full story

Global study finds genetic link to education

In the world’s largest study of its type, scientists from The University of Queensland have helped identify 74 genes that may play a role in how long a person stays at school, or whether they go to university. ... Full story

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