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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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New tsri method could turbocharge drug discovery, protein research

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has developed a versatile new method that should enhance the discovery of new drugs and the study of proteins.

Protein deficiency may explain kidney disease

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study investigates the link between the circulating protein called 'soluble Klotho' and the risk of declining kidney function.

Sedentary lifestyle speeds up biological aging, study finds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

A new study looks at how a sedentary lifestyle, with little exercise, affects telomere length and leads to biological aging in older women.

Tumor suppressor key in maintaining stem cell status in muscle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A gene known to suppress tumor formation in a broad range of tissues plays a key role in keeping stem cells in muscles dormant until needed, a finding that may have implications for both human...

Epigenetic factors linked to obesity-related disease

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Obesity has been linked to "letter" changes at many different sites in the genome, yet these differences do not fully explain the variation in people's body mass index (BMI) or why some overweight...

New insights in genetic defect allow prevention of fatal illnesses in children

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

A team of scientists led by prof. Adrian Liston (VIB-KU Leuven) and prof. Isabelle Meyts (UZ Leuven - KU Leuven) were able to characterize a new genetic immunodeficiency resulting from a mutation...

Potentially reversible changes in gene control 'prime' pancreatic cancer cells to spread

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A multicenter team of researchers reports that a full genomic analysis of tumor samples from a small number of people who died of pancreatic cancer suggests that chemical changes to DNA that do not...

Common epilepsies share genetic overlap with rare types

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

An international study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers has found that several genes previously implicated only in rare, severe forms of...

Best treatment option written in cancer's genetic script

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

An international collaboration led by clinical researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has shown proof-of-concept that truly personalised therapy will be possible in the future for...

Cell division study opens new leads against hard-to-treat cancers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:00:00 PST

A protein that controls cell division also has a key role in switching genes on and off, scientists have found, in a discovery which could reinvent cancer treatment.

Viruses in the genome important for our brain

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome.

Sedentary behavior raises dementia risk as much as genetic factors

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study finds the risk of dementia onset is just as high for sedentary older adults as it is for those with a genetic predisposition for the disease.

Scientists find genetic mutation that causes cleft lip and palate, heart defects

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

A team of international researchers examines the genetic mutation responsible for cleft lip and palate, as well as congenital heart defect.

Genetically engineered mosquitos resist dengue fever virus

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue fever - a mosquito-borne viral disease - continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year.

Inhibition of EZH2 might be new therapy of multiple myeloma

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

In a study published in the scientific journal Oncotarget, researchers from Uppsala University show how the protein EZH2 affects the development of multiple myeloma, and that inhibition of EZH2...

A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat...

Customers who receive genetic health data not alarmed by results, find information useful

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

As consumers have been able to learn more about their genetic makeup in recent years through personal genomic testing, one big criticism has been that without someone to interpret it, the health...

New genes identified that regulate the spread of cancers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Research led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has discovered a new biological target for drugs to reduce the spread of tumours in cancer patients.

Scientists raise warning over drugs targeting key cancer mechanism

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have expressed concerns about developing drugs against two molecular targets that had been considered highly promising, after finding that specifically blocking their function adversely...

New insights into mechanisms of breast cancer development and resistance to therapy

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Why does breast cancer develop and how come certain patients are resistant to established therapies?

Researchers reveal how cancer cells cope with genetic chaos

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have uncovered how tumours are able to grow despite significant damage to the structure and number of their chromosomes1 - the storage units of DNA - according to two new studies...

Genetic basis of aggression in prostate cancer

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

New insights into the genetic drivers of prostate cancer that may inform treatment decisions are highlighted in two papers published online in Nature and Nature Communications this week.

Halting lethal childhood leukemia

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered the genetic driver of a rare and lethal childhood leukemia and identified a targeted molecular therapy that halts the proliferation of leukemic...

New research describes how bacteria resists 'last-resort' antibiotic

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

An international research team, led by the University of Bristol, has provided the first clues to understand how the mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from colistin - a 'last resort' antibiotic used to...

Crohn's disease risk and prognosis determined by different genes, study finds

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers have identified a series of genetic variants that affect the severity of Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease - but surprisingly, none of these variants appear to be related...