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Newswise: Iowa State researchers identify genes linked to rice resiliency
Released: 29-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Iowa State researchers identify genes linked to rice resiliency
Iowa State University

Researchers at Iowa State University have identified two genes that can help rice defend itself against diseases, including the devastating fungal blast pathogen that regularly causes significant losses of rice production worldwide.

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Newswise: After 25 Years, Researchers Uncover Genetic Cause of Rare Neurological Disease
25-Apr-2024 5:00 AM EDT
After 25 Years, Researchers Uncover Genetic Cause of Rare Neurological Disease
University of Utah Health

Spinocerebellar ataxia 4 is a devastating progressive movement disorder. A multinational study has now conclusively identified the genetic difference that causes the disease, bringing answers to families and opening the door to future treatments.

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Newswise: Automated machine learning robot unlocks new potential for genetics research
Released: 26-Apr-2024 7:00 AM EDT
Automated machine learning robot unlocks new potential for genetics research
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers have constructed a robot that uses machine learning to fully automate a complicated microinjection process used in genetic research.

Newswise: Genetic variations may predispose people to Parkinson’s disease following long-term pesticide exposure, study finds
22-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Genetic variations may predispose people to Parkinson’s disease following long-term pesticide exposure, study finds
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new UCLA Health study found certain genetic variants could help explain how long-term pesticide exposure could increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

Newswise: Revolutionizing Sweetpotato Genetics: A Comprehensive Update to the 'Taizhong 6' Genome Annotation
Released: 25-Apr-2024 12:05 AM EDT
Revolutionizing Sweetpotato Genetics: A Comprehensive Update to the 'Taizhong 6' Genome Annotation
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A research team has substantially enhanced the annotation of the sweetpotato genome 'Taizhong 6', introducing a more comprehensive and detailed version, v1.0.a2.

24-Apr-2024 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers Publish Final Results of Key Clinical Trial for Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

An international consortium published the final results of a key clinical trial of the gene therapy CASGEVY (exagamglogene autotemcel) for the treatment of sickle cell disease in patients 12 years and older with recurrent vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs).

Newswise: Newly discovered alteration of brain network condition could possibly predict extremely painful vaso-occlusive crisis in patients with sickle cell disease
Released: 24-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Newly discovered alteration of brain network condition could possibly predict extremely painful vaso-occlusive crisis in patients with sickle cell disease
Indiana University

A new study led by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers found a brain network condition called ‚Äúexplosive synchronization‚ÄĚ could be the cause of extreme pain crises in people with sickle cell disease.

Released: 24-Apr-2024 12:00 PM EDT
MD Anderson Research Highlights for April 24, 2024
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Research Highlights showcases the latest breakthroughs in cancer care, research and prevention. These advances are made possible through seamless collaboration between MD Anderson’s world-leading clinicians and scientists, bringing discoveries from the lab to the clinic and back.

   
Newswise: The first chromosome-level reference genomes of the ornamental banana and pink banana
Released: 24-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
The first chromosome-level reference genomes of the ornamental banana and pink banana
Chinese Academy of Sciences

The genus Musa, encompassing approximately 70 herbaceous species, is predominantly found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Oceania.

Newswise: Unveiling the Genetic Blueprint of Safflower: A Leap Forward in Crop Breeding and Biomedical Research
Released: 24-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Unveiling the Genetic Blueprint of Safflower: A Leap Forward in Crop Breeding and Biomedical Research
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A research team completes a high-quality chromosome-scale assembly of the 'Chuanhonghua 1' safflower genome.

Released: 24-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
UC Irvine to lead study of how DNA genetic variations might influence nicotine addiction
University of California, Irvine

A three-year, $1.19 million grant from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program will allow University of California, Irvine researchers to explore how specific sections of DNA might influence nicotine addiction. Deeper insights into these neurological processes may lead to more effective prevention and treatment strategies for cigarette smoking and vaping habits.

Released: 24-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Global consortium to study Pick's disease, rare form of early-onset dementia
Mayo Clinic

Pick's disease, a neurodegenerative disease of unknown genetic origin, is a rare type of frontotemporal dementia that affects people under the age of 65.

Newswise: Electronic Health Records Unlock Genetics of Tobacco Use Disorder
Released: 17-Apr-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Electronic Health Records Unlock Genetics of Tobacco Use Disorder
University of California San Diego

By utilizing the power of electronic medical records, researchers from UC San Diego are uncovering the genetics of tobacco use, which would help scientists discover new ways to stop occasional tobacco use from evolving into tobacco use disorder.

Newswise: Genetic analysis of rare, often deadly cervical cancer uncovers potential treatments
Released: 16-Apr-2024 8:00 AM EDT
Genetic analysis of rare, often deadly cervical cancer uncovers potential treatments
Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital

For the study, which involved patients from across the world, Yale Cancer Center (YCC) researchers at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) analyzed the genetic landscape of 66 tumors, the largest series of cervical NET ever reported in scientific literature.

Newswise: Polyploidy in vegetables: Unveiling genetic secrets for crop evolution and breeding success
Released: 16-Apr-2024 6:05 AM EDT
Polyploidy in vegetables: Unveiling genetic secrets for crop evolution and breeding success
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A research team has elucidated the role of polyploidy in the evolution and breeding of vegetable crops, leveraging advanced sequencing technologies to dissect the genetic and epigenetic nuances of polyploids.

Newswise: Deciphering the palette: Unveiling the genetic secrets of Rhododendron flower color diversity
Released: 16-Apr-2024 4:05 AM EDT
Deciphering the palette: Unveiling the genetic secrets of Rhododendron flower color diversity
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A research team has made strides in uncovering the genetic foundations of flower color variation within the Rhododendron genus.

Newswise: Unraveling the role of DlBGAL9 and AGL61/80 in Longan somatic embryogenesis and heat stress tolerance: A multi-omics approach
Released: 15-Apr-2024 9:05 PM EDT
Unraveling the role of DlBGAL9 and AGL61/80 in Longan somatic embryogenesis and heat stress tolerance: A multi-omics approach
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A research team has unveiled 20 ő≤-galactosidase (BGAL) genes within the longan genome, highlighting their crucial roles in embryogenic development and heat stress adaptation.

Newswise: Researchers Identify New Genetic Risk Factors for Persistent HPV Infections
Released: 11-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Researchers Identify New Genetic Risk Factors for Persistent HPV Infections
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the second most common cancer-causing virus, accounting for 690,000 cervical and other cancers each year worldwide.

Newswise: Study sheds light on how genes work together to influence smoking habits
Released: 10-Apr-2024 5:05 PM EDT
Study sheds light on how genes work together to influence smoking habits
University of Colorado Boulder

A new CU Boulder study sheds light on how genes associated with smoking work in conjunction with the rest of the genome, paving the way for more personalized approaches to help people kick the habit.

Newswise: The Surprising Connection Between Male Infertility and Family Cancer Risk
Released: 10-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
The Surprising Connection Between Male Infertility and Family Cancer Risk
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

A study by Joemy Ramsay, PhD, suggests families with infertile male relatives may face elevated cancer risks. Tapping into genetic data, families could help personalize cancer risk assessments.

Newswise: Characterization of mutational ‚Äúcoldspots‚ÄĚ in the cancer genome
Released: 10-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Characterization of mutational ‚Äúcoldspots‚ÄĚ in the cancer genome
Fundació Institut de Recerca Biomèdica (IRB BARCELONA)

Researchers at IRB Barcelona report mutation rate variation across the human genome. Regions with low mutation rates correlate with hypomethylation (low methylation levels), a way cells control which genes are turned on or off.

Newswise: Unlocking the body's hidden weapon against cancer: the role of broken chromosomes
Released: 9-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Unlocking the body's hidden weapon against cancer: the role of broken chromosomes
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Scientists have unraveled the mechanisms of the Cyclic guanosine monophosphate-adenosine monophosphate synthase-stimulator of interferon genes (cGAS-STING) signaling pathway activated by micronuclei, as well as its significant effects on tumor immunity.

Released: 8-Apr-2024 8:05 PM EDT
A gene mutation associated with a rare neurological disorder and increased susceptibility to viral infections may be treatable with oleic acid
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A mutation in a protein regulating natural killer (NK) cells’ function is at the root of immune deficiency in some people with a rare genetic condition characterized by cognitive and developmental delay, seizures, and other manifestations. The findings also have broader implications for immunity and cell therapies.

Newswise: Native UM Student Works to Create Missing Persons Database
Released: 8-Apr-2024 6:05 AM EDT
Native UM Student Works to Create Missing Persons Database
University of Montana

Haley Omeasoo was already studying forensic science at the University of Montana when she saw the poster that redefined her life.

Newswise: UC Irvine-led research team builds first tandem repeat expansions genetic reference maps
Released: 8-Apr-2024 6:05 AM EDT
UC Irvine-led research team builds first tandem repeat expansions genetic reference maps
University of California, Irvine

A research team led by the University of California, Irvine has built the first genetic reference maps for short lengths of DNA repeated multiple times which are known to cause more than 50 lethal human diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and multiple cancers.

Newswise: Toothed whale echolocation organs evolved from jaw muscles
Released: 8-Apr-2024 3:00 AM EDT
Toothed whale echolocation organs evolved from jaw muscles
Hokkaido University

Genetic analysis finds evidence suggesting that acoustic fat bodies in the heads of toothed whales were once the muscles and bone marrow of the jaw.

Newswise: A Deep Dive Into the Genetics of Alcohol Consumption
4-Apr-2024 1:30 PM EDT
A Deep Dive Into the Genetics of Alcohol Consumption
University of California San Diego

Some people have genes that protect them from alcohol abuse. An examination of databases at 23andMe reveal that those same alcohol-protective variants have associations with conditions and behaviors that may have nothing to do with alcohol.

Released: 3-Apr-2024 12:05 PM EDT
Lurie Children’s Hospital First in Illinois to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with FDA-Approved Gene Therapy
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

On March 27, 2024, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children‚Äôs Hospital of Chicago treated its first patient with ELEVIDYS (delandistrogene moxeparvovec-rokl), the first gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ‚Äď a rare, genetic disease characterized by progressive muscle damage and weakness.

Newswise: Study of MADS-box Genes in Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) Illuminates Plant Organ Development and Stress Responses
Released: 3-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Study of MADS-box Genes in Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) Illuminates Plant Organ Development and Stress Responses
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Passion fruit (Passiflora edulis), renowned for its nutritional richness and aromatic fruits, is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions.

Newswise: Unraveling Ethylene's Role in Carnation Postharvest Life: Insights into Varietal Sensitivity and Genetic Regulation
Released: 3-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Unraveling Ethylene's Role in Carnation Postharvest Life: Insights into Varietal Sensitivity and Genetic Regulation
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.) is a flower widely cultivated for its appealing apperance and frangance.

Newswise: DNA Reveals What 6th Century Emperor Wu Looked Like
Released: 1-Apr-2024 7:05 PM EDT
DNA Reveals What 6th Century Emperor Wu Looked Like
Newswise Review

A team of researchers used DNA to reconstruct the appearance of Chinese Emperor Wu of Northern Zhou, who lived 1,500 years ago.

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Released: 1-Apr-2024 6:05 PM EDT
A Clinic for Ovarian Cancer ‚ÄėPrevivors‚Äô
Cedars-Sinai

When Elisa Schoenfeld, a child development specialist, learned she had tested positive for a BRCA gene mutation, she knew it raised her risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She and her daughter, Amira, who received similar genetic test results, visited the BRCA Ovarian Previvor Clinic at Cedars-Sinai.

Released: 1-Apr-2024 4:05 PM EDT
From Economics to Electrocardiograms, Data Science Projects Get a Boost From New Seed Grants
University of Utah Health

The seven funded projects range from an investigation of the potential benefits of virtual reality-based ‚Äúnature‚ÄĚ experiences for hospital patients, to tools that allow scientists to make full use of huge databases of biomedical information.

   
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Released: 29-Mar-2024 5:05 PM EDT
March Monthly Research Highlights Newsletter
Cedars-Sinai

A roundup of the latest medical discoveries and faculty news at Cedars-Sinai for March 2024.

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Released: 29-Mar-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Cancer Experts Present New Findings at AACR 2024
Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Cancer investigators attending the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting April 5-10 in San Diego are available to comment on scientific advances being presented throughout the conference.

Newswise: High-resolution images reveal similarities in protein structures between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome
Released: 29-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EDT
High-resolution images reveal similarities in protein structures between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome
Indiana University

A new study recently published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology uses leading-edge cryo-electron microscopy imaging technology to determine whether differences exist between the protein structures in those with Alzheimer’s disease and those with both Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome.

28-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EDT
Scientists discover a key quality-control mechanism in DNA replication
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

DNA replication‚ÄĒwhich happens when cells divide‚ÄĒis one of the most important processes in all living organisms. In a landmark finding, published today in Cell, scientists identified a multi-protein ‚Äúmachine‚ÄĚ in cells that helps govern the pausing or stopping of DNA replication to ensure its smooth progress.

Newswise: Researchers Reveal Evolutionary Path of Important Proteins
Released: 29-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers Reveal Evolutionary Path of Important Proteins
University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison

New research from the University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison decodes the evolutionary pathway of regulatory proteins, the molecules that help control gene expression.The findings from the Raman Lab in the Department of Biochemistry recently published their findings in the journal Cell Systems.

Newswise: Lexington Teenager, Future Doctor Flourishes Despite Rare Illness
Released: 28-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Lexington Teenager, Future Doctor Flourishes Despite Rare Illness
University of Kentucky

In many ways, Treasure Newton is your typical 17-year-old. She loves hanging out with her friends and family, trying new recipes and doing her makeup. But unlike most teens, she knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up.

Newswise: Higher Genetic Risk of Obesity Means Working Out Harder for Same Results
26-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Higher Genetic Risk of Obesity Means Working Out Harder for Same Results
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Persons with a higher genetic risk of obesity need to work out harder than those of moderate or low genetic risk to avoid becoming obese, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) paper published in JAMA Network Open.

Released: 27-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Exploring the Impact of Pancreatic Enzyme Therapy in Pediatric Pancreatitis: A Leap Toward Personalized Medicine
Ochsner Health

A research study recently published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology explains the role of pancreatic enzyme therapy (PERT) in reducing the frequency of acute pancreatitis (AP) in children suffering from acute recurrent pancreatitis (ARP) or chronic pancreatitis (CP).

Newswise: NEI Study Points to ‚ÄėGround Zero‚Äô for AMD Development
Released: 27-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
NEI Study Points to ‚ÄėGround Zero‚Äô for AMD Development
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Eye Institute researchers studying human retinas discovered 87 target genes where a mix of environmental factors likely influence one’s risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in people ages 65 and older.

Released: 27-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Study of Different Autism Types Finds Shared Mechanism That May Respond to Drugs
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Health researchers detect similar disruptions in the neural development of genetic and unexplained autism.

Newswise: New Genetic Analysis Tool Tracks Risks Tied to CRISPR Edits
Released: 26-Mar-2024 6:05 PM EDT
New Genetic Analysis Tool Tracks Risks Tied to CRISPR Edits
University of California San Diego

While CRISPR has shown immense promise as a next-generation therapeutic tool, the gene editing technology‚Äôs edits are still imperfect. Researchers have developed a new system to test and analyze CRISPR-based DNA repair and related risks from unintended but harmful ‚Äúbystander‚ÄĚ edits.

Newswise: Beethoven's Genes Reveal Low Predisposition for Beat Synchronization
Released: 26-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Beethoven's Genes Reveal Low Predisposition for Beat Synchronization
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most celebrated musicians in human history, has a rather low genetic predisposition for beat synchronization, according to a Current Biology study co-authored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the Max Planck Institutes for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Newswise: Severe Hurricanes Boost Influx of Juveniles and Gene Flow in a Coral Reef Sponge
Released: 26-Mar-2024 8:30 AM EDT
Severe Hurricanes Boost Influx of Juveniles and Gene Flow in a Coral Reef Sponge
Florida Atlantic University

A study is the first to evaluate substrate recolonization by sponges in the U.S. Virgin Islands after two catastrophic storms using genetic analyses to understand how much clonality verses sexual recruitment occurs on coral reefs post-storms.



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