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.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to acquire and maintain an erect penis. ED is a very common condition, particularly in older men where it is … Continue Reading First genetic risk factor for erectile dysfunction identified.
Identifying relevant genetic interactions contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders is a huge challenge facing scientists. Now, a study from researchers at the Whitehead Institute identifies a direct link between deletions in … Continue Reading Genetic body/brain connection identified in genomic region linked to autism.
A germline mutation is any detectable and heritable variation in the lineage of germ cells, any biological cell that gives rise to the gametes of an organism in sexual reproduction. … Continue Reading Study provides most detailed analysis yet of germline mutations involved in childhood cancers.
Dividing cells are prone to errors, and so they must be prepared to summon sophisticated emergency systems to deal with potential damage. One type of division-derailing mishap can occur when … Continue Reading Researchers identify previously unknown part of the ICL DNA repair pathway.
A study to examine recessively inherited genome-wide DNA sequences has for the first time discovered a potential link with Britain’s biggest killer, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). The research led by … Continue Reading Researchers identify the link between inherited DNA sequences and heart disease.
Acute liver failure is a rare yet life-threatening disease for young children. It often occurs extremely rapidly, for example, when a child has a fever. Yet in around 50 percent … Continue Reading Researchers identify new gene responsible for liver disease.
Infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and some of the world’s deadliest superbugs, C. difficile and MRSA among them, could soon be detected much earlier by a unique diagnostic test, … Continue Reading Researchers develop world’s most sensitive universal diagnostic test for all disease.
Researchers at the University of Bonn and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have discovered two new groups of viruses within the Bunyavirus family in the tropical forest of … Continue Reading Researchers have discovered two new groups of viruses.
RNA is both the bridge between DNA and the production of proteins known to carry out the functions of life, guiding the amount and type of protein mades. As messenger … Continue Reading The first ever study to map splicing changes during T cell development has been published.
In results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015, a collaborative study by the University of Colorado and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that … Continue Reading Precision medicine study shows the most frequently altered gene in bladder cancer.
Opening the door to potential treatments for the deadly Ebola virus, scientists have found that a protein made by the virus plays a role similar to that of a coat-check … Continue Reading New strategy attacks the ebola virus at a RNA level and stops viral replication.
A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital, perhaps needing ventilators to breathe, even while their family and friends … Continue Reading Epigenetic mutation helps explain why, in rare cases, flu can kill.
Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome … Continue Reading The genomes and origins of the leprosy bacterias compared for the first time.
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.
In the battle between a cell and a virus, either side may resort to subterfuge. Molecular messages, which control the cellular machinery both sides need, are vulnerable to interception or … Continue Reading Researchers map microRNA’s role in the human hepatitis c infection.