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Researchers discover mutation hotspots that act like backseat drivers for breast cancer development

Researchers discover mutation hotspots that act like backseat drivers for breast cancer development

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have discovered 'hotspots' of mutations in breast cancer genomes, where mutations thought to be inactive 'passengers' in the genome have now been shown to possibly drive further cancerous changes. [More]
New stem cell method could lead to powerful treatments for skeletal system injuries

New stem cell method could lead to powerful treatments for skeletal system injuries

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has developed a new method of repairing injured bone using stem cells from human bone marrow and a carbon material with photocatalytic properties, which could lead to powerful treatments for skeletal system injuries, such as fractures or periodontal disease. [More]
Fetal genomic sequencing could enhance detection rate of genetic findings, study shows

Fetal genomic sequencing could enhance detection rate of genetic findings, study shows

In a study to be presented Thursday, Jan. 26, in the oral plenary session at 8 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, researchers with the Columbia University Medical Center in New York found that, in preliminary data, fetal genomic (whole exome) sequencing (WES) as a diagnostic test for women with pregnancies complicated by major fetal congenital anomalies increased the detection rate of genetic findings by between 10 to 30 percent. [More]
Study looks at use of evolutionary triangulation to refine results from genetic studies of preterm birth

Study looks at use of evolutionary triangulation to refine results from genetic studies of preterm birth

In a study to be presented Thursday, Jan. 26, in the oral concurrent session at 1:15 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, researchers verified genetic results from one large study of women with spontaneous preterm birth, and highlighted 13 key genes in both mothers and babies which may be involved in preterm birth while also identifying 123 genes as top candidates for further study. [More]
Bruker is to be key International Phenome Centre Network corporate partner for NMR Technologies and SOPs

Bruker is to be key International Phenome Centre Network corporate partner for NMR Technologies and SOPs

The International Phenome Centre Network (IPCN), founded by Imperial College London and more than a dozen international partners in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, the US, and the UK (www.phenomenetwork.org), was launched officially this week at the 2016 World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) conference in Doha, Qatar. This global network is a critical link between leading research centers across the world and will support research into some of today’s most pressing global health challenges. [More]
Sapientia genome analysis software by Congenica could cut costs and save lives

Sapientia genome analysis software by Congenica could cut costs and save lives

Whole genome analysis (WGA) enables rapid diagnosis of rare disease, ensuring that an appropriate course of management and treatment can be administered, possibly within days for acute neonatal cases, cutting the cost of intensive care and potentially saving lives. Rapid diagnosis is one of the many benefits of using the Sapientia™ genome analysis and interpretation platform that Dr Nick Lench, Chief Operating Officer of Congenica, will be discussing at Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) 2017 on January 23rd at 3.15pm. [More]
Researchers uncover mechanism of resistance used by triple negative breast cancer

Researchers uncover mechanism of resistance used by triple negative breast cancer

Breast cancer cells are evasive, finding ways to bypass drugs designed to stop their unchecked growth. [More]
Researchers identify new principle for how epigenetic changes can occur

Researchers identify new principle for how epigenetic changes can occur

In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have found evidence of a new principle for how epigenetic changes can occur. The principle is based on an enzyme, tryptase, that has epigenetic effects that cause cells to proliferate in an uncontrolled manner. [More]
Salk Institute researchers reveal how to curb immune enthusiasm

Salk Institute researchers reveal how to curb immune enthusiasm

Normally when we think of viruses, from the common cold to HIV, we want to boost people's immunity to fight them. [More]
Precision medicine advances diagnosis and treatment of children with brain tumors

Precision medicine advances diagnosis and treatment of children with brain tumors

Precision medicine - in which diagnosis and treatments are keyed to the genetic susceptibilities of individual cancers - has advanced to the point where it can now impact the care of a majority of children with brain tumors, a new study by investigators at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center suggests. [More]
NYU Langone scientists discover mechanism behind many disease-related genetic deletions

NYU Langone scientists discover mechanism behind many disease-related genetic deletions

Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered the mechanisms behind a genetic change known to cause a set of related diseases. [More]
Lipid content changes as cells age, new study reveals

Lipid content changes as cells age, new study reveals

As cells age and stop dividing, their fat content changes, along with the way they produce and break down fat and other molecules classified as lipids, according to a new University at Buffalo study. [More]
Salk scientists show how microenvironment signals encourage growth of pancreatic tumors

Salk scientists show how microenvironment signals encourage growth of pancreatic tumors

Just as an invasive weed might need nutrient-rich soil and water to grow, many cancers rely on the right surroundings in the body to thrive. [More]
Type 1 diabetes patients show distinct signs of gut inflammation, study reveals

Type 1 diabetes patients show distinct signs of gut inflammation, study reveals

People with Type 1 diabetes exhibit inflammation in the digestive tract and gut bacteria¬—a pattern that differs from individuals who do not have diabetes or those who have celiac disease, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [More]
FishTaco method pinpoints bacterial species responsible for each functional imbalance in microbiome

FishTaco method pinpoints bacterial species responsible for each functional imbalance in microbiome

A growing body of evidence indicates that the trillions of microbes that live on and inside our bodies affect our health. Collectively, these resident microbes form our microbiome. [More]
New research exposes cellular responses linked to bird flu vaccine

New research exposes cellular responses linked to bird flu vaccine

New research from Vanderbilt eavesdrops on gene expression in human immune system cells before and after vaccination against bird flu. [More]
Study reveals mechanism for illness-induced sleepiness in humans and animals

Study reveals mechanism for illness-induced sleepiness in humans and animals

It's well known that humans and other animals are fatigued and sleepy when sick, but it's a microscopic roundworm that's providing an explanation of how that occurs, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Scientists find altered blood-brain barrier and increased intestinal permeability in people with ASD

Scientists find altered blood-brain barrier and increased intestinal permeability in people with ASD

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]
Study provides link between common mutations in blood cells of older adults and atherosclerosis

Study provides link between common mutations in blood cells of older adults and atherosclerosis

A new study provides some of the first links between relatively common mutations in the blood cells of elderly humans and atherosclerosis. [More]
CeMM scientists develop new method by integrating CRISPR genome editing with single-cell sequencing

CeMM scientists develop new method by integrating CRISPR genome editing with single-cell sequencing

Genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 "gene scissors" is a powerful tool for biological discovery and for identifying novel drug targets. [More]
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