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Article ID: 705494

Geneticists Make New Discovery About How a Baby's Sex Is Determined

University of Melbourne

Medical researchers at Melbourne's Murdoch Children's Research Institute have made a new discovery about how a baby's sex is determined - it's not just about the X-Y chromosomes, but involves a 'regulator' that increases or decreases the activity of genes which decide if we become male or female.

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Article ID: 705453

Genetically modified pigs resist infection with the classical swine fever virus

PLOS

Researchers have developed genetically modified pigs that are protected from classical swine fever virus (CSFV), according to a study published December 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Hongsheng Ouyang of Jilin University, and colleagues. As noted by the authors, these pigs offer potential benefits over commercial vaccination and could reduce economic losses related to classical swine fever.

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Article ID: 705423

Kennesaw State University researcher awarded NIH grant to improve gene-editing technology delivery

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University researcher Daniel Morris recently received a three-year $403,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the delivery of protein therapeutics and the CRISPR/Cas gene-editing technology to living cells.

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13-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705419

Tale of two trees: New web tool estimates gene trees with ease

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University - OIST

Gene trees, much like family trees, trace the lineage of a particular gene from its deep ancestral roots to its still-growing stems. By comparing gene trees to species trees, which map the evolutionary history of species, scientists can learn which species have which genes, what new functions those genes gained over time, and which functions they may have lost. Now, scientists at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have unveiled a new tool to perform these analyses quickly and without computational headaches.

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13-Dec-2018 11:55 AM EST

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Article ID: 705314

New Genetic Clues to Early-Onset Form of Dementia

Washington University in St. Louis

In an effort to better understand frontotemporal dementia, an international team of researchers, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has found that a lone mutation in a single gene that causes an inherited form of the disorder makes it harder for neurons in the brain to communicate with one another, leading to neurodegeneration.

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12-Dec-2018 10:45 AM EST

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