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January 20, 2019

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January 20, 2019

Jan. 16, 2019 — A mechanism which drives leukaemia cell growth has been discovered by researchers, who believe their findings could help to inform new strategies when it comes to treating the ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — New research has revealed that the protein TDP-43 regulates a gene called Stathmin2 (STMN2). STMN2 shows promise as a therapeutic target and could be the first biomarker ALS, which is extremely ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — Scientists have completed one of the largest bacterial comparative gene expression studies to date and taken another step forward in understanding the African Salmonella strain that is currently ... read more

Nerve Cells Made from Skin Cells Are a Valid Lab Model for Studying Disease

Jan. 15, 2019 — Researchers have shown that cells from mice that have been induced to grow into nerve cells using a previously published method have molecular signatures matching neurons that developed naturally in ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — New research has identified a backup for an important biological system -- the hematopoietic system, whose adult stem cells constantly replenish the body's blood ... read more

Effects of Linoleic Acid on Inflammatory Response Depend on Genes

Jan. 15, 2019 — The effects of linoleic acid on the human body are largely dependent on genes, a new study shows. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid. People carrying different variants of the FADS1 gene had a ... read more

New Immune Response Regulators

Jan. 15, 2019 — Researchers have discovered new proteins that regulate T cells in the human immune system. Some of these proteins can provide possible new targets for drug development in treating immune-mediated ... read more

Protein Alteration Controls Cell's Response to Stress, Immunity and Lifespan

Jan. 15, 2019 — Scientists have revealed a key mechanism in worms that is involved in controlling the cell's response to stress, a study ... read more

Fever Alters Immune Cells So They Can Better Reach Infections

Jan. 15, 2019 — Fever is known to help power up our immune cells, and scientists have new evidence explaining how. They found in mice that fever alters surface proteins on immune cells like lymphocytes to make them ... read more

Health Effects of Metabolic 'Magic Bullet' Protein

Jan. 15, 2019 — Researchers have developed a new system that lets them study in more detail than ever exactly how, where and when the metabolic protein AMPK carries out its molecular and therapeutic ... read more

DNA Origami: A Precise Measuring Tool for Optimal Antibody Effectiveness

Jan. 14, 2019 — Using DNA origami -- DNA-based design of precise nanostructures -- scientists have been able to demonstrate the most accurate distance between densely packed antigens in order to get the strongest ... read more

Herpes Viruses and Tumors Evolved to Learn How to Manipulate the Same Ancient RNA

Jan. 14, 2019 — Herpes viral infections use the ancient genetic material found in the human genome to proliferate, mimicking the same process tumors have been found to manipulate, Mount Sinai researchers have shown ... read more

Jan. 14, 2019 — New research means more than 90 percent of the most common cases of childhood cancer can now be classified by subtype, an advance likely to fuel precision ... read more

DNA Tool Allows You to Trace Your Ancient Ancestry

Jan. 14, 2019 — Scientists at the University of Sheffield studying ancient DNA have created a tool allowing them to more accurately identify ancient Eurasian populations, which can be used to test an ... read more

Unraveling the Genetic Causes of Skin Cancer

Jan. 14, 2019 — Medical researchers are helping to identify the genetic factors that lead to squamous cell carcinoma. In a new article, they show how the interaction between a cell signaling pathway called MET and a ... read more

Gene-Editing Tool CRISPR Repurposed to Develop Better Antibiotics

Jan. 11, 2019 — Scientists have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ... read more

Researchers Correct Genetic Mutation That Causes IPEX, a Life-Threatening Autoimmune Syndrome

Jan. 10, 2019 — Researchers have created a method for modifying blood stem cells to reverse the genetic mutation that causes a life-threatening autoimmune syndrome called ... read more

Bacteria Help Discover Human Cancer-Causing Proteins

Jan. 10, 2019 — Researchers applied an unconventional approach that used bacteria to discover human proteins that can lead to DNA damage and promote ... read more

Jan. 10, 2019 — Researchers have found that the RNA-binding protein PUM2 contributes to the accumulation of defective mitochondria, a key feature of the aging process. Targeting PUM2 in old animals protects against ... read more

Using Genetics of Human Fat Cells to Predict Response to Anti-Diabetes Drugs

Jan. 10, 2019 — Researchers have demonstrated -- using fat cells derived from human stem cells -- that individual genetic variation can be used to predict whether the TZD rosiglitazone will produce the unwanted side ... read more

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