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Ancient DNA could identify and kill cancer.

Cancer is a genetic disease, caused by specific changes to the genes controlling the way cells function, particularly how they grow and divide. Genes are functional units of heredity made … Continue Reading Ancient DNA could identify and kill cancer.

Researchers identify previously unknown class of antigen present in T1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is the autoimmune form of diabetes, in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by immune cells, especially those known as T cells.  Insulin is … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown class of antigen present in T1 diabetes.

First comprehensive study of genetic risks for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in African-Americans performed.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic autoimmune diseases that affect as many as 1.6 million Americans. Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) have immune systems that attack their own … Continue Reading First comprehensive study of genetic risks for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in African-Americans performed.

Decades old mystery solved as researchers map the effect of T2 diabetes on the lymphatic vessels.

Approximately 28 million Americans live with Type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels.  The immune system plays a part in type 2 diabetes. Researchers have linked … Continue Reading Decades old mystery solved as researchers map the effect of T2 diabetes on the lymphatic vessels.

New bacteriophage-based assay gives a person’s whole viral infection history in a drop of blood.

New technology developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers makes it possible to test for current and past infections with any known human virus by … Continue Reading New bacteriophage-based assay gives a person’s whole viral infection history in a drop of blood.

Study identifies transporter proteins responsible for human’s placenta protective ability during pregnancy.

An important function of the human placenta is to protect the fetus from detrimental substances in maternal blood, such as glucocorticoids or toxins. Placental membrane-bound transporter proteins, known as multidrug … Continue Reading Study identifies transporter proteins responsible for human’s placenta protective ability during pregnancy.

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