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Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic make-up

Uppsala University

A team of Swedish and British scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry.

17-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Article ID: 712955

Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – an advance that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer more efficient food and biofuel crop plants. The technology, called Drop-seq, is a method for measuring the RNA present in individual cells, allowing scientists to see what genes are being expressed and how this relates to the specific functions of different cell types.

16-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712760

CHOP Researchers Use Novel Tool to Mine Clinical Data and Identify Causative Gene in Severe Childhood Epilepsy

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A team of researchers discovered a new gene associated with severe childhood epilepsy using a novel computational approach. The team systematically compared phenotypes, or clinical data, of patients with severe childhood epilepsies through a novel analysis strategy and looked for common genetic causes in patients who had similar clinical presentations. This is the first time that such an analysis of clinical data has been used to identify novel genetic causes of neurological disorders, and this new computational method has the potential to help patients with a variety of complex and difficult-to-diagnose conditions.

13-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712980

A tale of two skeeters

Washington University in St. Louis

It’s rare that scientists see the good in the presence of an invasive species. But Washington University in St. Louis researchers discovered that a native mosquito in Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its waters with an interloper.Scratching your head? Yes, mosquitoes have parasites. And yes, being parasitized is costly for an organism, no matter how much humans love to hate that organism.

16-May-2019 9:20 AM EDT

Article ID: 712972

Why Adults At Risk for Huntington’s Disease Choose Not to Learn if They Inherited Deadly Gene

Georgetown University Medical Center

As many as 90 percent of individuals who have a parent with Huntington’s disease (HD) choose not to take a gene test that reveals if they will also develop the fatal disorder — and a new study details the reasons why. Understanding the “why” matters as new clinical trials testing therapies for people who haven’t yet developed symptoms of Huntington disease requires participants to be tested for the HD gene to be included in the trials.

16-May-2019 6:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712868

Blood Test Can Measure Effectiveness of Treatments for Aggressive Skin Cancers

NYU Langone Health

Blood tests that track the amount of tumor DNA can ― after only one month of drug therapy ― detect how well treatment is working in patients with skin cancer, a new study finds.

14-May-2019 3:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 712935

Chewing gums reveal the oldest Scandinavian human DNA

Stockholm University

The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums

15-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712812

You Are What You Eat: How the Pursuit of Carbs Changed Mammals’ Genes and Saliva

University at Buffalo

A new study is providing insight into how the pursuit of starch may have driven evolutionary adaptations in mammals. The research, conducted on 46 mammal species, focuses on a biological compound called amylase, which is produced by humans and other animals to break down starch.

14-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 712798

Media Advisory: 2019 BioCompute Workshop on Next Generation Sequencing Data and Analysis

George Washington University

Together with the United States Food and Drug Administration and the BioCompute Partnership, the George Washington University is co-sponsoring a workshop, titled “BioCompute Objects: Tools for Communicating Next Generation Sequencing Data and Analysis.”

13-May-2019 4:30 PM EDT

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