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Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a biologically important type of molecule that consists of a long chain of nucleotide units. Each nucleotide consists of a nitrogenous base, a ribose sugar, and a phosphate.
Two studies highlight important new discovery around most common genetic defect linked to ALS

Two studies highlight important new discovery around most common genetic defect linked to ALS

In today's issue of Nature, two new studies funded in part by The ALS Association both highlight an important new discovery around the C9orf72 mutation, the most common genetic defect associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). [More]
Common gene mutation may cause brain damage associated with ALS and FTD

Common gene mutation may cause brain damage associated with ALS and FTD

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered some of the first steps in how a very common gene mutation causes the brain damage associated with both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). [More]
Scientists reveal how a common gene mutation in ALS and FTD disrupts normal cell function

Scientists reveal how a common gene mutation in ALS and FTD disrupts normal cell function

Researchers have determined how the most common gene mutation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) disrupts normal cell function, providing insight likely to advance efforts to develop targeted therapies for these brain diseases. [More]
Regen BioPharma implements gene silencing technology in killing cancer stem cells

Regen BioPharma implements gene silencing technology in killing cancer stem cells

Regen BioPharma Inc. reported today the successful implementation of its gene silencing technology, covered by patent # 8,263,571, in killing cancer stem cells. [More]
Benitec Biopharma announces closing of U.S. initial public offering of ADSs

Benitec Biopharma announces closing of U.S. initial public offering of ADSs

Benitec Biopharma Limited, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, is pleased to announce the closing of its U.S. initial public offering of 1,500,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs), representing 30,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares of Benitec, together with warrants to purchase 500,000 ADSs, representing 10,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares. [More]
EnGeneIC begins Phase 1 Tailored-EDV trial for advanced solid tumor

EnGeneIC begins Phase 1 Tailored-EDV trial for advanced solid tumor

EnGeneIC Ltd., an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on developing its proprietary EDV™ nanocell platform for the targeted delivery of cancer therapeutics, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in its Phase 1 Tailored-EDV trial. The trial is being conducted at the Northern Cancer Institute in Sydney, Australia. [More]
IDT webinar explores effective RNAi and antisense oligo methods

IDT webinar explores effective RNAi and antisense oligo methods

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) will host an informative webinar, entitled ‘Knockdown of lncRNAs: exploring RNAi and antisense oligo methods’, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Kim Lennox, a research scientist at IDT and expert in the suppression of gene expression, will present the webinar at 9 am and 1 pm Central Standard Time. [More]
Synthorx employs synthetic DNA technology to produce proteins containing novel amino acids

Synthorx employs synthetic DNA technology to produce proteins containing novel amino acids

Synthorx Inc. announced today that the company has employed its proprietary protein expression system to successfully produce proteins containing novel amino acids. Using a semi-synthetic DNA template (containing the synthetic base pair X and Y), Synthorx scientists were able to produce RNA containing X and Y, which was used with an otherwise fully natural biological system, to efficiently direct the incorporation of multiple novel amino acids at different sites in proteins. [More]
Benitec prices initial public offering of 1,500,000 American Depositary Shares

Benitec prices initial public offering of 1,500,000 American Depositary Shares

Benitec Biopharma Limited, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, is pleased to announce the pricing of its U.S. initial public offering of 1,500,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs), representing 30,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares of Benitec and warrants to purchase 500,000 ADSs, representing 10,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares, at a price of US$9.21 per ADS and US$0.01 per warrant. [More]
Physicians may now have tools to predict people at greater risk of attempting suicide

Physicians may now have tools to predict people at greater risk of attempting suicide

People being treated for bipolar disorder and other psychiatric illnesses are at greater risk of attempting suicide, but physicians may now have tools to predict which of those individuals will attempt it and intervene early to prevent such tragedies from occurring. [More]
Determining the dynein-dynactin complex structure: an interview with Dr Gabriel C. Lander

Determining the dynein-dynactin complex structure: an interview with Dr Gabriel C. Lander

This is a macromolecular assembly is made up of two components, dynein and dynactin, that works to move molecular cargo (organelles, RNA, vesicles, proteins, viruses) along microtubule highways within our cells. [More]
Researchers use advanced photodynamic therapy to combat ovarian cancer in laboratory animals

Researchers use advanced photodynamic therapy to combat ovarian cancer in laboratory animals

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a significant advance in the use of photodynamic therapy to combat ovarian cancer in laboratory animals, using a combination of techniques that achieved complete cancer cell elimination with no regrowth of tumors. [More]
Researchers develop user-friendly platform for analyzing transcriptomic and epigenomic big data

Researchers develop user-friendly platform for analyzing transcriptomic and epigenomic big data

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a user-friendly, integrated platform for analyzing the transcriptomic and epigenomic "big data." [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers discover role of TDP-43 protein in autopsy brain cells of patients with ALS

Johns Hopkins researchers discover role of TDP-43 protein in autopsy brain cells of patients with ALS

Autopsies of nearly every patient with the lethal neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and many with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), show pathologists telltale clumps of a protein called TDP-43. Now, working with mouse and human cells, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have discovered the normal role of TDP-43 in cells and why its abnormal accumulation may cause disease. [More]
Researchers identify genome-organizing mechanism that transmits vital genetic materials during mitosis

Researchers identify genome-organizing mechanism that transmits vital genetic materials during mitosis

Chromosomes are responsible for carrying our genes and essentially protecting the information that helps ensure normal, healthy growth, with vital instructions being passed on from cell to cell by a process known as mitosis. While this copying mechanism has been well understood for decades, scientists have been unable to describe exactly how genetic information is protected and properly segregated as mitosis is happening. [More]
Celsion reports updated results from HEAT Study of ThermoDox in patients with primary liver cancer

Celsion reports updated results from HEAT Study of ThermoDox in patients with primary liver cancer

Celsion Corporation, an oncology drug development company, today announced updated results from its retrospective analysis of the Company's 701-patient HEAT Study of ThermoDox, Celsion's proprietary heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin in combination with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in primary liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). [More]
Penn research reveals additional pathway for origin of colon cancer

Penn research reveals additional pathway for origin of colon cancer

Cancer researchers already know of some oncogenes and other factors that promote the development of colon cancers, but they don't yet have the full picture of how these cancers originate and spread. Now researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have illuminated another powerful factor in this process. [More]
Autoantibody status fails to predict death risk in systemic sclerosis with PAH

Autoantibody status fails to predict death risk in systemic sclerosis with PAH

Anticentromere and isolated nucleolar autoantibodies are prevalent in systemic sclerosis patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, but they do not predict survival, US research shows. [More]
RNA-binding protein ROQUIN regulates response to DNA damage

RNA-binding protein ROQUIN regulates response to DNA damage

Messenger (mRNA) molecules are a key component of protein biosynthesis. They are first transcribed as a "working copy" of the DNA and then translated into protein molecules. [More]
Isis Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca to develop antisense therapies for cardiovascular, metabolic, renal diseases

Isis Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca to develop antisense therapies for cardiovascular, metabolic, renal diseases

AstraZeneca and Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced a strategic collaboration to discover and develop antisense therapies for cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases. [More]
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