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Humans, flies, worms: Researchers work to understand gene expression across organisms

A multi-institutional effort to identify how genes are regulated among humans, flies and worms has identified significant similarities and differences among the ...

Attacking a Rare Disease at its Source With Gene Therapy

Penn proof-of-principle animal study reduces harmful accumulation of proteins in lysosomal storage disease ...

In-Utero Methadone or Subutex Exposure Could Alter Gene Expression, Cause Severe Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

(Boston) – Some infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) secondary to in-utero opioid exposure have a more difficult time going through withdrawal than others, but the underlying reasons are not well understood. ... Full story

More than just X and Y: a new genetic basis for sex determination

Researchers identify microRNAs that differentiate male and female fruit flies ... Full story

A shift in the code: new method reveals hidden genetic landscape

Scientists develop algorithm to uncover genomic insertions and deletions involved in autism, OCD ... Full story

Our genes determine the traces that stress leaves behind on our brains.

(Vienna ) Our individual genetic make-up determines the effect that stress has on our emotional centres. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the MedUni Vienna. Not every individual reacts in the same way to life events that produce the same degree of stress. Some grow as a result of the crisis, whereas others break down and fall ill, for example with depression. The outcome is determined by a complex interaction between depression gene versions and environmental factors. ... Full story

'The Perfect 46' examines ethical dilemmas of genetic screening

Set in the near future, 'The Perfect 46' documents the rise, and fall, of a fictional genome-matching service. A panel of experts weighed in after a recent screening at Stanford. ... Full story

A Gene Linked to Disease Found to Play a Critical Role in Normal Memory Development

JUPITER, FL – It has been more than 20 years since scientists discovered that mutations in the gene huntingtin cause the devastating progressive neurological condition Huntington’s disease, which involves involuntary movements, emotional disturbance and cognitive impairment. Surprisingly little, however, has been known about the gene’s role in normal brain activity. ... Full story

An easier way to manipulate malaria genes

New approach to knocking out parasite’s genes could make it easier to identify drug targets. ... Full story

Johns Hopkins Researchers Expand 'Genome Editing' Method

Modification doubles available sites of a process that knocks out genes ... Full story

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