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Study identifies RNA-based mechanism underlying how diabetes damages the heart.

People with diabetes have a two to five time higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. For decades physicians have noticed unhealthy changes in the hearts of diabetics called diabetic cardiomyopathy, … Continue Reading Study identifies RNA-based mechanism underlying how diabetes damages the heart.

Researchers identify noncoding RNA crucial for stem cell suppression in the brain.

A research team at UC San Francisco has discovered an RNA molecule called Pnky that can be manipulated to increase the production of neurons from neural stem cells.  The opensource … Continue Reading Researchers identify noncoding RNA crucial for stem cell suppression in the brain.

RNA test diagnoses Lassa and Marburg hemorrhagic viruses before symptoms show.

A new United States Army contracted study has found it is possible to distinguish between different hemorrhagic fevers, including Marburg (Ebola cousin) and Lassa before the person becomes symptomatic. The embargoed … Continue Reading RNA test diagnoses Lassa and Marburg hemorrhagic viruses before symptoms show.

Researchers begin to map function and expression of isomiRs of microRNA.

Researchers have encountered variants or isoforms in microRNAs (miRNAs) before, but assumed that these variants were accidental byproducts. A recent study from Thomas Jefferson University shows that certain so called … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map function and expression of isomiRs of microRNA.

Scientists find how mysterious ‘circular RNA’ is formed, claim muscular dystrophy link.

Genetic information is stored in DNA, tiny strands of nucleic acid that contain instructions for the functioning of the human body. To express this genetic data, our DNA is copied … Continue Reading Scientists find how mysterious ‘circular RNA’ is formed, claim muscular dystrophy link.

Protein pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize.

‘Master-regulator’ protein which pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize is identified. Unexpected links to Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease also seen. Using an innovative tool that captures heretofore hidden ways that cells are regulated, scientists at Rockefeller University have identified a protein that makes breast cancer cells more likely to metastasize. What’s more, the protein appears to trigger cancer’s spread in part by blocking two other proteins that are normally linked to neurodegeneration, a finding that suggests these two disease processes could have unexpected ties.

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