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H3N2 viruses mutate during vaccine production but new tech could fix it

April 30, 2019

In late March 2019, the World Health Organization and a vaccine advisory committee of the Food and Drug…
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International team of scientists detect cause of rare pediatric brain disorder

March 4, 2019

Mathilde came into the world with chubby cheeks and a full head of auburn hair. But she was…
Gene mutation found to cause macrocephaly and intellectual deficits

November 13, 2018

The absence of one copy of a single gene in the brain causes a rare, as-yet-unnamed neurological disorder,…
Scientists find evidence that cancer can arise from changes in the proteins that package DNA

May 13, 2016

A mutation that affects the proteins that package DNA—without changing the DNA itself—can cause a rare form of…
A World Without Color – Researchers Find Gene Mutation That Strips Color, Reduces Vision

June 2, 2015

People with achromatopsia, an inherited eye disorder, see the world literally in black and white.  Worse yet, their…
Mutation may cause early loss of sperm supply

March 3, 2015

Problems in a gene responsible for producing the protein TAF4b leave mice — and maybe men — unable…
Study finds potential genetic link between epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders

July 23, 2014

A recent scientific discovery showed that mutations in prickle genes cause epilepsy, which in humans is a brain…
Mutation stops worms from getting drunk

July 16, 2014

Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by…
No extra mutations in modified stem cells, study finds

July 10, 2014

The ability to switch out one gene for another in a line of living stem cells has only…
Healthy people carry disease-causing mitochondrial DNA mutations

July 8, 2014

For the first time, researchers have discovered that disease-causing mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are common in healthy…
Following the molecular footsteps that lead to oesophageal cancer

June 23, 2014

A new diagnostic test may be around the corner thanks to the discovery of two gene mutations that…
BRCA test results affect patients’ surgery plans

June 16, 2014

A new study reports that 7 in 10 women with breast cancer who learned before surgery they have…
Small Mutation Changes Brain Freeze to Hot Foot

May 10, 2014

Ice cream lovers and hot tea drinkers with sensitive teeth could one day have a reason to celebrate…
A journey between XX and XY

May 6, 2014

Researchers at UNIGE get closer to unravelling the mystery of sexual ambiguity A team of researchers from the…
A Crisper Version of CRISPR

May 5, 2014

New genome-editing tool reduces risk of off-target mutations A next-generation genome-editing system developed by Harvard Medical School investigators…
A fattening gene

April 29, 2014

Max Planck researchers discover a gene that controls fat metabolism The long-term consumption of too much high-energy and…
Too much protein may kill brain cells as Parkinson’s progresses

April 13, 2014

NIH-funded study on key Parkinson’s gene finds a possible new target for monitoring the disease Scientists may have…
Darwin meets Newton: Evolution and the mass of the galaxy

April 9, 2014

The Large Magellanic Cloud (right) visible in the southern sky is a nearby galaxy to our own. Flickr/Tracey Harrison…
Possible explanation for human diseases caused by defective ribosomes

April 2, 2014

Ribosomes are essential for life, generating all of the proteins required for cells to grow. Mutations in some…
Researchers discover unusual genetic mutation linked to adolescent liver cancer

March 4, 2014

In the race for better treatments and possible cures, rare diseases are often left behind. In a collaboration…
Hormone transport in plants deciphered

February 13, 2014

Regulating hormone distribution mechanisms in plants could lead to sustainable bioenergy crops with increased growth and reduced needs…
Study finds targetable mutation in rare brain tumor

January 13, 2014

CT of a craniopharyngioma. This unenhanced CT shows a calcified cystic structure in the supra sellar region, together…
‘Light skin’ gene mirrors socio-cultural boundaries in Indian population

November 18, 2013

 Latest research shows that the presence of the genetic mutation for lighter skin – found in “almost 100%”…
The Gene Machine

November 17, 2013

Scientists have discovered that the human body contains more than 25,000 genes, but what they do remains mostly a…
No peak in sight for evolving bacteria

November 15, 2013

Sample competition plates. Bacteria compete in the same liquid environment in which they evolve; a sample of each…
Update: Deletion of Any Single Gene Provokes Mutations Elsewhere in the Genome

November 15, 2013

Findings call for a rethinking of cancer genetics Johns Hopkins researchers report that the deletion of any single…
Genetic errors identified in 12 major cancer types

October 17, 2013

Examining 12 major types of cancer, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified…
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