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Genetic Study Provides New Insights Into Molecular Basis Of Language Development

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have identified the first gene that is associated with a common childhood language disorder, known as specific language impairment (SLI). The gene -- CNTNAP2 -- has also been recently...

First African, Asian, and Woman Get Full Genome Map

10 years ago from PopSci

Geneticists announced last week in the journal Nature that they have sequenced the complete set of DNA for three people—a Nigerian man, a Chinese man, and a Caucasian woman with...

Scientists ID stem cell compounds

10 years ago from UPI

LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have identified compounds for stem cell production from adult cells, moving medicine closer to the reprogramming of...

Scientists first to sequence genome of cancer patient

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For the first time, scientists have decoded the complete DNA of a cancer patient and traced her disease - acute myelogenous leukaemia - to its genetic roots. A large research...

Research sheds light on key trigger of embryonic stem cell differentiation

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Clusters of mouse embryonic stem cells called embryoid bodies more closely approximate true embryos in organisation and structure than previously thought, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of...

Mitochondria Could Be a Target for Therapeutic Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease

10 years ago from Science Blog

A study in the Sept. 21 on-line edition of Nature Medicine describes the function and interaction of a critical molecule involved in cell death in Alzheimer’s disease patients. These new...

How Tuberculosis Might Be Thwarting Immune System: Proteomics Study Yields Clues

10 years ago from Science Daily

A link between the immune system and the self-cleaning system by which biological cells rid themselves of obsolete or toxic parts may one day yield new weapons in the fight...

European Union Floats Tighter Animal Research Rules

10 years ago from Science NOW

Proposal would ban medical research on great apes and extend oversight to most animal studies

Island Invaders: Infect and Conquer

10 years ago from Science NOW

A disease carried by black rats spelled the end for two endemic species on Christmas Island

Dopamine is key to a parasite`s ability to unite rat and cat, researcher says

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Who knew cat urine could be sexy? With a dab here and a dab there, you can have male rats swooning over you.

African, Asian join the library of genomics

10 years ago from Physorg

Laboratories have for the first time sequenced the full genetic code of an African and an Asian in what amounts to a major step towards the goal of a tailor-made...

Most human genes found to make isoforms

10 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found nearly all human genes produce varying forms of the same protein, depending on the tissue in which...

Masters of Disguise

10 years ago from PopSci

Animals use camouflage to hide from and confuse predators and prey. For some such animals, their natural appearance mimics, matches, and fades into their surroundings. Others actively shift shape, texture...

Anesthetics found to trigger arrhythmias

10 years ago from UPI

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. and German researchers using a new animal model of genetic mutations say they've discovered some common anesthetics trigger arrhythmias in humans.

Argentine cow clones may help boost milk output

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine scientists have found a way to make cows produce more milk by injecting them with a bovine growth hormone produced by cloned and genetically modified...

Computer finds molecules causing diseases

10 years ago from UPI

NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have created an algorithm that can identify genes and proteins most likely to cause complex diseases such as...

Exercisers face the challenge of dark times

10 years ago from Physorg

This time of year tries runners' souls as much as their soles, and the same goes for cyclists and walkers. Really, almost anyone who exercises outdoors in the fall and...

Good fit, trial period critical for effective hearing aids

10 years ago from Physorg

For some, the sound is that of crickets chirping, for others it's bacon frying, or even a high-pitched ringing sound.

Fungus Pitted Against Apple Pest

10 years ago from Science Daily

A cocktail of gaseous compounds emitted by a beneficial fungus may offer a way to biologically fumigate stored apples, ridding them of codling moth larvae.

'Junk' DNA Proves Functional; Helps Explain Human Differences From Other Species

10 years ago from Science Daily

In a new study, scientists in Singapore report that what was previously believed to be "junk" DNA is one of the important ingredients distinguishing humans from other species.

The Post-Election Edition

10 years ago from PopSci

There may be hope for those who suffer from avatar gender confusion, and exciting news for people who thought those jackets with built-in headphone holders were the height of tech...

‘Natural Killer’ Immune Cells Reveal Factors For Reproductive Success

10 years ago from Science Daily

Immune cells known as natural killer (NK) cells are linked with pregnancy problems including pre-eclampsia and recurrent miscarriage. Scientists are illuminating the role that pregnancy-related NK cells play in moderating...

Great Apes Debate leads to EU testing ban proposal

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's environment chief plans to ban laboratory tests on mankind's closest relatives -- chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans -- in a clampdown on animal testing by the...

Jumonjd3: A Key For Unlocking Neuronal Stem Cell Fate

10 years ago from Science Daily

A novel role for the protein, Jumonjd3, as an epigenetic modulator in the neuronal differentiation of embryonic stem cells, has recently been uncovered -- a step forward in the understanding...

How the plant cell synthesises the pharmaceutical compounds?

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VTT's Research Scientist Suvi Haekkinen (MSc, Tech) has studied in her thesis alkaloid biosynthesis and metabolism in two Solanaceae plants, tobacco and Egyptian henbane. The studies bring new information about...

DNA breakthrough on 1946 murder

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Scientists working on the case of a 12-year-old girl raped and shot dead 62 years ago obtain a family DNA profile of her killer.

DNA Provides 'Smoking Gun' in the Case of the Missing Songbirds

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

DNA evidence shows conclusively that males from a North American warbler species interbred with females from a related species and took over a large part of the other species'...

Homosexual Beetle Activity Offers Reproductive Edge

10 years ago from National Geographic

Among flour beetles, male homosexuality can up the chances of reproducing with the opposite sex, a new study finds.