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Snake-like proteins can wrangle DNA

January 13, 2020

It turns out the coiled snakes often used to symbolize medical knowledge are more than apt. They also mimic a…
New Gene for Male Infertility Discovered

December 23, 2019

At least one in five cases of infertility remains unexplained. Malefactors contribute to about half of these cases…
New tool predicts three-dimensional organization of human chromosomes

December 11, 2019

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have developed a computational tool that can accurately predict the three-dimensional interactions between regions…
Father’s X chromosome may yield clues to higher rates of autoimmune disease in women

December 11, 2019

UCLA researchers find differences in maternal and paternal X chromosomes. UCLA scientists have discovered one reason why autoimmune…
A new way to regulate gene expression

December 10, 2019

Sometimes, unexpected research results are simply due to experimental error. Other times, it’s the opposite — the scientists…
Non-coding DNA located outside chromosomes may help drive glioblastoma

November 22, 2019

Extra DNA scooped up and copied alongside cancer-causing genes helps keep tumors going—elements that could represent new drug…
Genes Linked to Sex Ratio and Male Fertility in Mice

October 21, 2019

One of the more recent trends among parents-to-be is the so-called gender reveal, a party complete with pink…
Cellular aging is linked to structural changes in the brain

September 26, 2019

Telomeres are the protective caps of our chromosomes and play a central role in the ageing process. Shorter…
A Child’s Shattered Chromosomes Illustrate the Value of Supportive Therapies

September 23, 2019

To a trained eye, the chromosome chart (karyotype) above has 4 irregularities, circled in red. They’re chromosome pairs…
Chromosome structure inspires intricate works of art

August 2, 2019

A collaboration between a Virginia Tech entomology professor, art professor, and computer science professor working in biophysics has…
Unraveling links to possible origins, better treatment for genetic disorders

July 30, 2019

New tool designed at MU will allow scientists to study a detailed view of the interaction between genes,…
Common feature of cancer cells may also be their Achilles’ heel

July 29, 2019

In a study using yeast cells and data from cancer cell lines, Johns Hopkins University scientists report finding a potential…
Researchers probe cell division defects to gain insight into cancer

July 9, 2019

From bugs to plants to animals, for all living things to grow they must create more cells. To…
Archaeological mystery solved with modern genetics

June 21, 2019

Researchers at the University of Tokyo conducted a census of the Japanese population around 2,500 years ago using…
Landmark study signals shift in thinking about stem cell differentiation

June 21, 2019

A pioneering new study led by Florida State University biologists could fundamentally change our understanding of how embryonic…
FISH Gets Worm

May 31, 2019

3D genome structure imaging technique expands into study of whole organisms. In the image below, worm DNA glows…
Synthetic E. coli pushes the limits of gene synthesis

May 28, 2019

Designing and building organisms from scratch could be the Holy Grail of synthetic biology. It therefore comes as…
Researchers sequence the genome’s elusive centromere

May 15, 2019

Though much of the human genome has been sequenced and assembled, scientists have hit road blocks trying to…
New Doctors’ DNA Ages 6 Times Faster Than Normal in First Year

May 15, 2019

A new study finds that the long work hours of an intern’s first year of medical residency are…
Measuring chromosome imbalance could clarify cancer prognosis

May 14, 2019

Most human cells have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Any deviation from this number can be fatal for cells,…
Molecular switch for the X chromosome

April 17, 2019

A large number of genes have to be switched on or off at different times during development. A…
DNA puzzle uncovers rare chromosome defects

February 15, 2019

Using puzzle pieces from four different DNA analyses, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have been able to map three…
Male Y chromosomes not ‘genetic wastelands’

February 12, 2019

When researchers say they have sequenced the human genome, there is a caveat to this statement: a lot…
Could higher levels of testosterone hold the key to slower ageing?

January 30, 2019

A new study of older men carried out by The University of Western Australia has found there is…
What makes a species different?

January 9, 2019

Most evolutionary biologists distinguish one species from another based on reproductivity: members of different species either won’t or…
Finding the first male chromosome

December 20, 2018

Experts studying the evolutionary differentiation of organisms into male and female sexes have identified a very small sex…
Sex Chromosomes Hold the Secret to Female Longevity

December 19, 2018

Around the world, women outlive men. This is true in sickness and in health, in war and in…
Genetic Predictors of Lifespan Studied in Whites and Asians Don’t Apply to Black Youth

October 1, 2018

Protective caps at the ends of our chromosomes called telomeres protect our cells’ genomic information but shorten each…
Genome Duplication Drives Evolution of Species

September 25, 2018

Polyploid plants have a duplicate set of chromosomes. As a result, large-scale genetic changes are therefore possible in…
Sex determined by a single base alteration in DNA

September 12, 2018

Fishing has long been the core industry in the area surrounding Lake Hamana. However, at the Fisheries Laboratory,…
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