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Genetics News From Medical News Today

Genetics uses information from one or two genes to explain a disease or condition, whereas genomics examines all of the genetic information to determine biological markers predisposing an individual to disease. This category includes news on DNA, genes, m

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Prevention of RNA viruse replication

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Researchers at Okayama University have successfully cleaved influenza viral RNA to prevent its replication using novel artificial RNA restriction enzymes in laboratory cell cultures.

CRISPR editing in pancreatic cells reduced cell death and increased insulin secretion

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

With the help of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene scissors, researchers at Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden have managed to "turn off" an enzyme that proved to play a key role in the regulation of the...

Back to the start: Re-activation of embryonic genes leads to muscle aging

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

The development of the embryo during pregnancy is one of the most complex processes in life.

Enzyme research provides a new picture of depression

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Despite the fact that more than four percent of the world's population suffer from depression, and even though approximately 1,500 individuals commit suicide each year in Sweden, the understanding...

Huntington's disease affects muscle as well as brain

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

After studying cell processes in mice, researchers suggest Huntington’s disease involves defects in muscle maturation as well as death of brain cells.

Education on personalized diabetes risk doesn't motivate behavior change

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

People who receive personalized genetic and phenotypic information on their risk of developing diabetes don't significantly increase their physical activity compared to those who get broader...

Genetic link to fatal health condition could aid future treatment

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Thousands of lives could be saved every year after it was discovered a fatal cardiovascular condition could be linked to four genes, research has found.

UT Austin engineers develop first-ever capsule to treat hemophilia

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

In the near future, hemophiliacs could be able to treat their disease by simply swallowing a capsule.

Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Microbes have long been an invaluable source of new drugs. And to find more, we may have to look no further than the ground beneath our feet.

Gene discovered to cause rare, severe neurological disease

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells.

Our closest worm kin regrow body parts, raising hopes of regeneration in humans

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

What if humans could regrow an amputated arm or leg, or completely restore nervous system function after a spinal cord injury?

Alcohol: Link between liver and brain may control consumption

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Researchers discover a previously unrecognized genetic basis for alcohol consumption in a pathway that links a liver hormone to a brain receptor.

MicroRNA may give clue to schizophrenia's 'voices'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Research using a mouse model of schizophrenia unearths clues about the origin of auditory hallucinations and the potential for innovative, new treatments.

Successfully treating genetically determined autoimmune enteritis

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Using targeted immunotherapy, doctors have succeeded in curing a type of autoimmune enteritis caused by a recently discovered genetic mutation.

Reversible disappearance of taste buds after blocking Hedgehog signaling may explain taste loss in patients treated with pathway inhibitors

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

The pathway is required to maintain and replenish taste buds and taste papillae in mouse models.

Self-deliverable GapmeR gene silencers designed to hit molecular targets in human cells

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Navin Kumar Verma at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (LKCMedicine) has developed a new method of gene...

Schizophrenia: Researchers pinpoint rare genetic risk variants

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

An international team of 260 researchers has identified several rare genetic variations that can raise the risk of schizophrenia by up to 60-fold.

Tissue damage is key for cell reprogramming

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Cell reprogramming does not happen exactly as we thought. In the pages of the journal Science, a team from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has shown that tissue damage is a...

Gut microbes switch host genes on and off under influence of diet

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

New study of mice shows gut microbes alter gene expression - depending on diet - with a Western diet preventing many of the changes of a plant-rich one.

Tricky gene mutations detected by free, fast, easy-to-use new software

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Scientists have developed an easy-to-use software tool that can detect important genetic mutations that previously needed to be identified by a separate test.

Human cells with a 'built-in circuit' help prevent tumour growth

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Researchers at the University of Southampton have engineered cells with a 'built-in genetic circuit' that produces a molecule that inhibits the ability of tumours to survive and grow in their low...

VIB scientists develop diagnostic tool for Familial Mediterranean Fever

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Researchers at VIB and Ghent University have developed a tool to diagnose Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF).

DNA influences selection of partners for educational achievement

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A study co-led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) has found that people with genes for high educational achievement tend to marry, and have children with, people with similar DNA.

In highly lethal type of leukemia, cancer gene predicts treatment response

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Patients with the most lethal form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) - based on genetic profiles of their cancers - typically survive for only four to six months after diagnosis, even with aggressive...

Colorful clones: Researchers track development and behavior of individual blood stem cells

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have used a colorful, cell-labeling technique to track the development of the blood system and trace the lineage of adult blood cells travelling...