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Researchers Obtain Key Insights Into How the Internal Body Clock Is Tuned

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Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found a new way that internal body clocks are regulated by a type of molecule known as long non-coding RNA.

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Interplay of Gender, Genes and Environment Produced Different Substance Abuse Outcomes

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An Indiana U. study on substance abuse found that the interplay of gender, genetics and social integration produced different outcomes for men and women.

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8,000-Year-Old Mutation Key to Human Life at High Altitudes

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In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air of the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A study led by University of Utah scientists is the first to find a genetic cause for the adaptation and demonstrate how it contributes to the Tibetans’ ability to live in low oxygen conditions. The work appears online in the journal Nature Genetics on Aug. 17, 2014.

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New Gene Editing Method Shows Promising Results for Correcting Muscular Dystrophy

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UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully used a new gene editing method to correct a mutation that leads to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a mouse model of the condition.

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Single Gene Controls Jet Lag

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Salk researchers discover a master gene responsible for sleep and wake cycles, offering hope for a drug that could help reset sleep

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A Gene Linked to Disease Found to Play a Critical Role in Normal Memory Development

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A study from The Scripps Research Institute’s Florida campus and Columbia University shows the huntingtin gene plays a critical role in long-term memory.

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No Excess Baggage: Antarctic Insect’s Genome, Newly Sequenced, is Smallest to Date

Scientists who sequenced the genome of the Antarctic midge suspect the genome’s small size – the smallest in insects described to date – can probably be explained by the midge’s adaptation to its extreme living environment.

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Preemies’ Gut Bacteria May Depend More on Gestational Age Than Environment

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In infants born prematurely, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the population of bacteria in babies’ gastrointestinal tracts may depend more on their biological makeup and gestational age at birth than on environmental factors. The scientists discovered that bacterial communities assemble in an orderly, choreographed progression, with the pace of that assembly slowest in infants born most prematurely.

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Clues Emerge to Genetic Architecture of Cognitive Abilities in Children

A large new genetic study in thousands of children and adolescents offers early glimpses of the overall patterns and connections among cognitive abilities such as language reasoning, reading skill and types of memory. The findings may lead to new tools in understanding human cognitive development and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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CRI Scientists Pinpoint Gene Likely to Promote Childhood Cancers

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Researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers, in a study conducted with mice designed to model the cancers

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