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Study Shows How Effects of Starvation Can Be Passed to Future Generations


A new study, involving roundworms, shows that starvation induces specific changes in so-called small RNAs and that these changes are inherited through at least three consecutive generations, apparently without any DNA involvement.
17-Jul-2014 7:00 AM EDT

Researchers and Collaborators Receive $12.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers from Columbia University are part of a five-university collaboration receiving a $12.6 million, four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify rare genetic...
3-Jul-2014 1:00 PM EDT

It May Take Guts to Cure Diabetes


By switching off a single gene, scientists at Columbia University’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center have converted human gastrointestinal cells into insulin-producing cells, demonstrating in principle that a drug could retrain cells inside a...
26-Jun-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Drug Shows Promise for the First Time Against Metastatic Melanoma of the Eye


For the first time, a therapy has been found that can delay progression of metastatic uveal melanoma, a rare and deadly form of melanoma of the eye.
19-Jun-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Neurobiologist Thomas Jessell to Receive $500,000 Gruber Neuroscience Prize for Groundbreaking Work on the Neural Networks of the Spinal Cord

Thomas Jessell, PhD, the Claire Tow Professor of Motor Neuron Disorders in the Departments of Neuroscience and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University, is the recipient of the 2014 Neuroscience Prize of The Gruber Foundation....
3-Jun-2014 7:00 AM EDT

Uncovering Clues to the Genetic Cause of Schizophrenia


The overall number and nature of mutations—rather than the presence of any single mutation—influences an individual’s risk of developing schizophrenia, as well as its severity, according to a discovery by Columbia University Medical Center...
28-May-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Study Shows How Common Obesity Gene Contributes to Weight Gain


Researchers have discovered how a gene commonly linked to obesity—FTO—contributes to weight gain. The study shows that variations in FTO indirectly affect the function of the primary cilium, a little-understood hair-like appendage on brain and...
22-May-2014 3:15 PM EDT

Two Genes Together Drive Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Two genes work together to drive the most lethal forms of prostate cancer, according to new research from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center. These findings could lead to a diagnostic test for...
12-May-2014 12:00 PM EDT

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