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Rice University researchers synthesize new anti-cancer agent

Rice University researchers synthesize new anti-cancer agent

Rice University scientists have synthesized a novel anti-cancer agent, Thailanstatin A, which was originally isolated from a bacterial species collected in Thailand. [More]
Researchers clarify cause of heart arrhythmia in myotonic dystrophy

Researchers clarify cause of heart arrhythmia in myotonic dystrophy

An international joint research group found that the cause of heart arrhythmia in myotonic dystrophy was RNA abnormalities in the sodium channel in the heart, clarifying the symptom's mechanism. This finding will be helpful in prevention and early intervention of death in this disease, leading to the development of new treatment. [More]
FDA approves blood-based cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 for NSCLC patients

FDA approves blood-based cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 for NSCLC patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2, a blood-based companion diagnostic for the cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib). This is the first FDA-approved, blood-based genetic test that can detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations in non-small cell lung cancer patients. [More]
Studies confirm benefit of plasma genotyping to predict treatment outcomes for NSCLC patients

Studies confirm benefit of plasma genotyping to predict treatment outcomes for NSCLC patients

The benefit of plasma genotyping to predict treatment benefit in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is confirmed in three studies presented today at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Researchers however warned that plasma tests are unlikely to fully replace tissue biopsies. [More]
UT Southwestern scientists discover mutation that causes X-linked reticulate pigmentary disorder

UT Southwestern scientists discover mutation that causes X-linked reticulate pigmentary disorder

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have discovered a mutation that causes a rare systemic disorder known as X-linked reticulate pigmentary disorder (XLPDR) and, significantly, the unexpected cellular mechanism by which the mutation causes the disease. [More]
OGT launches new CytoSure Constitutional v3 +LOH array for genetic analysis of developmental disorders

OGT launches new CytoSure Constitutional v3 +LOH array for genetic analysis of developmental disorders

Oxford Gene Technology, The Molecular Genetics Company, has announced the launch of its new CytoSure Constitutional v3 +LOH array for comprehensive genetic analysis of developmental delay disorders. [More]
Rare ADCY9 mutations linked to non-syndromic oral clefts in Puerto Ricans

Rare ADCY9 mutations linked to non-syndromic oral clefts in Puerto Ricans

Today at the 45th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research, researcher Carmen Buxó-Martínez, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, will present a study titled "Identification of Rare ADCY9 Mutations and Non-syndromic Oral Clefts in Puerto Ricans." The AADR Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. [More]
Tick genome study sheds light on occurrences of Lyme disease

Tick genome study sheds light on occurrences of Lyme disease

After a decade-long research effort the genome of the deer tick has been sequenced by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. [More]
Penn investigators devise new method to map 'transcriptome'

Penn investigators devise new method to map 'transcriptome'

A new way of mapping the "transcriptome" -- the collection of RNA read-outs that are expressed by a cell's active genes -- has been devised by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Duchenne muscular dystrophy: direct effect on muscle stem cells? An interview with Dr Rudnicki

Duchenne muscular dystrophy: direct effect on muscle stem cells? An interview with Dr Rudnicki

For twenty years, it has been understood that dystrophin is expressed in differentiated muscle fibers where it is part of a protein complex that crosses the membrane and connects the extracellular matrix to the actin network inside the cell to provide structural integrity. [More]
Alternative splicing: a new approach to drug development? An interview with Lucy Donaldson

Alternative splicing: a new approach to drug development? An interview with Lucy Donaldson

RNA is becoming an interesting drug target as it takes possible intervention back one step to the synthesis of a target protein, instead of trying to block or inhibit a process. [More]
Adjuvant Chemotherapy Colon Cancer Trials Should ‘Stratify By MSI, KRAS, BRAF’

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Colon Cancer Trials Should ‘Stratify By MSI, KRAS, BRAF’

A post hoc analysis of the PETACC-8 trial has revealed an interaction between microsatellite instability and BRAF and KRAS mutation status when determining the prognosis of patients with resected stage III colon adenocarcinoma. [More]
Researchers successfully use CRISPR to treat adult mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Researchers successfully use CRISPR to treat adult mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Researchers have used CRISPR to treat an adult mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This marks the first time that CRISPR has successfully treated a genetic disease inside a fully developed living mammal with a strategy that has the potential to be translated to human therapy. [More]
Mirati announces initiation of glesatinib Phase 2 clinical trial in NSCLC patients

Mirati announces initiation of glesatinib Phase 2 clinical trial in NSCLC patients

Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the Phase 2 clinical trial of glesatinib (MGCD265) has commenced. The Company also announced that "glesatinib" is the proposed generic name for MGCD265. [More]
Researchers find new way to prevent or reduce pathologies caused by malformed proteins

Researchers find new way to prevent or reduce pathologies caused by malformed proteins

Improperly formed proteins can cause a host of serious illnesses, from muscular dystrophy to cystic fibrosis. A question of enormous import in research, beyond the challenge of determining how malformed proteins contribute to specific disease processes, is figuring out ways to prevent or reduce the pathologies they cause. [More]
New study finds a reason for ethnic disparity in CF diagnoses

New study finds a reason for ethnic disparity in CF diagnoses

Cystic fibrosis (CF) occurs less frequently in nonwhites than in whites, and nonwhites tend to be diagnosed at a later age. This late diagnosis often comes only once they have become symptomatic, rather than through newborn screening programs or molecular diagnostic testing. [More]
Could statins treat muscular dystrophy? An interview with Dr. Nick Whitehead and Dr Stan Froehner

Could statins treat muscular dystrophy? An interview with Dr. Nick Whitehead and Dr Stan Froehner

In addition to their well established cholesterol lowering benefits, statins also have potent anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic and antioxidant effects, which continue to be identified in a wide range of diseases. [More]
IASLC commends FDA's decision to grant accelerated approval for new lung cancer therapy

IASLC commends FDA's decision to grant accelerated approval for new lung cancer therapy

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer commends the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to grant accelerated approval for osimertinib (Tagrisso), an oral medication for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and following progression after previous EGFR inhibitor therapies. [More]
Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories licenses SNP probe technology from OGT

Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories licenses SNP probe technology from OGT

Oxford Gene Technology (OGT), The Molecular Genetics Company, has entered into a deal with Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories (BMGL), licensing the use of OGT’s proprietary single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array probe technology. [More]
Resistance to CD19 CAR T-cell therapy can be caused by CD19 splicing alterations

Resistance to CD19 CAR T-cell therapy can be caused by CD19 splicing alterations

Resistance to CD19 CAR T-cell therapy, a type of immunotherapy that yields long-lasting remissions in many patients with B-cell leukemia, can be caused by CD19 splicing alterations, leading to loss of certain parts of the CD19 protein that are recognized by the CAR T cells. [More]
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