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Researchers develop models to study polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNA (9/2/2014)

Researchers develop models to study polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNAResearchers from North Carolina State University have developed a novel and versatile modeling strategy to simulate polyelectrolyte systems. The model has applications for creating new materials as well as for studying polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNA. ...> Full Article


'Deep sequencing' picks up hidden causes of brain disorders (9/1/2014)

A study from Boston Children's Hospital used a 'deep sequencing' technique and was able to identify subtle somatic mutations -- those affecting just a percentage of cells -- in patients with brain disorders. ...> Full Article


The channel that relaxes DNA (8/31/2014)

The channel that relaxes DNAA simple and effective way of unravelling the often tangled mass of DNA is to 'thread' the strand into a nano-channel. A study carried out with the participation of the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste used simulations to measure the characteristics that this channel should have in order to achieve maximum efficiency. ...> Full Article


Gene therapy protects mice from lethal heart condition, researchers find (8/30/2014)

Gene therapy protects mice from lethal heart condition, researchers findA new gene therapy developed by researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine has been shown to protect mice from a life-threatening heart condition caused by muscular dystrophy. ...> Full Article


Sequencing at sea (8/29/2014)

Sequencing at seaScientists overcame equipment failure, space constraints and shark-infested waters to do real-time DNA sequencing in a remote field location. ...> Full Article


More than just X and Y: A new genetic basis for sex determination (8/28/2014)

More than just X and Y: A new genetic basis for sex determinationMen and women differ in obvious ways, and scientists have long known that genetic differences buried deep within our DNA underlie these distinctions. In the past, most research has focused on understanding how the genes that encode proteins act as sex determinants. But Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists have found that a subset of very small genes encoding short RNA molecules, called microRNAs, also play a key role in differentiating male and female tissues in the fruit fly. ...> Full Article


Suspect gene corrupts neural connections (8/27/2014)

Suspect gene corrupts neural connectionsResearchers have demonstrated in patients' cells how a rare mutation in a suspect gene corrupts the turning on and off of dozens of other genes underlying synapses -- the connections between neurons. In a 'disease-in-a-dish' study, induced neurons of patients from families affected by a mutation associated with schizophrenia and other major mental illness expressed 80 percent lower-than-normal levels of a protein made by a suspect gene. ...> Full Article


A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape (8/27/2014)

A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscapeWith three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding or removing a base could have much of an effect on our health. Yet, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function. It is has been difficult to detect these mutations. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists have devised a new way to analyze genome sequences that pinpoints insertions and deletions in people with diseases such as autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome. ...> Full Article


Woodrats' genes help them to win the arms race against their food (8/26/2014)

A handful of genes arm the woodrat against the toxic chemicals in its foodstuff, the creosote plant, according to research published in the open-access journal BMC Ecology. ...> Full Article


New gene editing method shows promising results for correcting muscular dystrophy (8/25/2014)

New gene editing method shows promising results for correcting muscular dystrophyUT Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully used a new gene editing method to correct a mutation that leads to Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a mouse model of the condition. ...> Full Article


Forcing chromosomes into loops may switch off sickle cell disease (8/24/2014)

Scientists have altered key biological events in red blood cells, causing the cells to produce a form of hemoglobin normally absent after the newborn period. Because this fetal hemoglobin is not affected by the inherited gene mutation that causes sickle cell disease, the cell culture findings may give rise to a new therapy for the debilitating blood disorder. ...> Full Article


Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand (8/24/2014)

RNA origami is a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale, making it possible to fabricate complicated shapes from a single strand of RNA. Unlike existing methods for folding DNA molecules, RNA origamis are produced by enzymes and simultaneously fold into pre-designed shapes. This may allow designer RNA structures to be grown within living cells and used to organize cellular enzymes into biochemical factories. The method is reported in the latest issue of Science. ...> Full Article


Coming soon: Genetically edited fruit? (8/23/2014)

Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes now raise the possibility that fruit and other crops might be genetically improved without the need to introduce foreign genes, according to researchers writing in the Cell Press publication Trends in Biotechnology on Aug. 13. ...> Full Article


Next generation sequencing shakes up genotype/phenotype correlation, disease discoveries (8/22/2014)

With the ability to use next generation sequencing technology, researchers have a broadened understanding of the association of genetic changes and disease causation to a much greater resolution, driving new discoveries, said clinical geneticists from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the University of Montreal in Canada in a perspective published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. ...> Full Article


Utility of sequence-related amplified polymorphism (SRAP) markers (8/22/2014)

Sequence-related amplified polymorphism markers have proved to be useful for agronomic studies (including crop development and identification of pathogen-resistant markers), but their use in other fields of plant biology has been limited. A new study in Applications in Plant Sciences surveys the SRAP literature and makes a case for the potential use of SRAP markers across a broad range of research fields including plant systematics, biogeography, conservation, and ecology. ...> Full Article

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Researchers develop models to study polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNAResearchers develop models to study polyelectrolytes, including DNA and RNA

'Deep sequencing' picks up hidden causes of brain disorders

The channel that relaxes DNAThe channel that relaxes DNA

Gene therapy protects mice from lethal heart condition, researchers findGene therapy protects mice from lethal heart condition, researchers find

Sequencing at seaSequencing at sea

More than just X and Y: A new genetic basis for sex determinationMore than just X and Y: A new genetic basis for sex determination

Suspect gene corrupts neural connectionsSuspect gene corrupts neural connections

A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscapeA shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape

Woodrats' genes help them to win the arms race against their food

New gene editing method shows promising results for correcting muscular dystrophyNew gene editing method shows promising results for correcting muscular dystrophy

Forcing chromosomes into loops may switch off sickle cell disease

Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand

Coming soon: Genetically edited fruit?

Next generation sequencing shakes up genotype/phenotype correlation, disease discoveries

Utility of sequence-related amplified polymorphism (SRAP) markers



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