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Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells

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Photo: Lips [17/04/2014] University of Montreal researchers have discovered how a component of the Epstein Barr (EBV) virus takes over our cells gene regulating machinery, allowing the virus to replicate itself.Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells - Read more

Menkes Disease: Using PET Scanning to Evaluate Therapies

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Photo: PET image [27/03/2014] Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies have used PET imaging to visualize the distribution in the body of copper, which is deregulated in Menkes disease, a genetic disorder, using a mouse model. This study lays the groundwork for PET imaging studies on human Menkes disease patients to identify new therapy options.Menkes Disease: Using PET Scanning to Evaluate Therapies - Read more

New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells

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Photo: Structure of the Dnmt3a DNA methyl transferase [25/03/2014] Tumour cells shut down certain genes in the course of the progressing degeneration or mutate these, a process that considerably accelerates the growth of the tumour. An important role is played by DNA methyl transferase (Dnmts). A research group at the Chair for Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart is investigating the influence of mutations in Dnmt3a, that are observed in many leukaemias.New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells - Read more

Probe: A Quicker, Cheaper Way to Detect Staph in the Body

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Photo: Staph detector [04/02/2014] Researchers at the University of Iowa have created a noninvasive chemical probe that detects a common species of staph bacteria in the body.Probe: A Quicker, Cheaper Way to Detect Staph in the Body - Read more

USA: Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban

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Photo: Baby and baby bottle [15/01/2014] Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates that were banned from children's articles in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising steeply, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.USA: Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban - Read more

Models: New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance

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Photo: Petri dishes [13/12/2013] Using quantitative models of bacterial growth, a team of UC San Diego biophysicists has discovered the bizarre way by which antibiotic resistance allows bacteria to multiply in the presence of antibiotics, a growing health problem in hospitals and nursing homes.Models: New Perspective on Development of Antibiotic Resistance - Read more

Children: Air Pollution and Genetics Combine to Increase Risk for Autism

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Photo: Text Autism [02/12/2013] Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the risk for autism among people who carry a genetic disposition for the neurodevelopmental disorder, according to newly published research led by scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).Children: Air Pollution and Genetics Combine to Increase Risk for Autism - Read more

Genes: Regulation through Argonaute Proteins

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Photo: Puzzle pieces [15/11/2013] Heidelberg scientists identify protein motifs that influence gene silencing.Genes: Regulation through Argonaute Proteins - Read more

Complex Diseases: New Genetic Map

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Photo: Complex Diseases [02/10/2013] Now, scientists from the University of Chicago have created one of the most expansive analyses to date of the genetic factors at play in complex diseases—by using diseases with known genetic causes to guide them.Complex Diseases: New Genetic Map - Read more

Cell Structure: A Skeleton for Chromosomes

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Photo: Cell nucleus [26/08/2013] Jan-Michael Peters and his team at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) found that the structure of Chromosomes is supported by a kind of molecular skeleton, made of cohesin. Cell Structure: A Skeleton for Chromosomes - Read more

Genetics: “The procedure with as few additional findings as possible should be chosen for analysis”

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[22/08/2013] Genome analysis is able to reveal risks for the development of specific diseases like cancer or Alzheimer’s. But if an analysis shows dispositions that are relevant to health and that originally were not searched for, both physicians and patients face a problem. They might not know how to evaluate the impact of this knowledge and how to deal with it.Genetics: “The procedure with as few additional findings as possible should be chosen for analysis” - Read more

Cancer: Improved Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

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Photo: Tumor cell [16/08/2013] Cancer cells often develop defense mechanisms to survive chemotherapy. A group of researchers from the Institutes of Pharmacology and Pathology in Bern present new solutions for preventing the development of such resistances.Cancer: Improved Effectiveness of Chemotherapy - Read more

Biochemistry: Distinct Brain Disorders Biologically Linked

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Photo: Genes [05/08/2013] A team of researchers have shown that schizophrenia and a disorder associated with autism and learning difficulties share a common biological pathway. This is one of the first times that researchers have uncovered genetic evidence for the underlying causes of schizophrenia.Biochemistry: Distinct Brain Disorders Biologically Linked - Read more

Genetics: Mechanism Behind Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Photo: DNA [24/07/2013] A gene mutation disrupts the activity of certain immune cells and causes the immune system to erroneously attack the liver, according to a new animal study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.Genetics: Mechanism Behind Autoimmune Hepatitis - Read more

Influenza: Some H7N9 Strains Resistant to Antivirals

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Photo: Viruses [17/07/2013] Some strains of the avian H7N9 influenza that emerged in China this year have developed resistance to the only antiviral drugs available to treat the infection.Influenza: Some H7N9 Strains Resistant to Antivirals - Read more

Genomics: Rapidly Identifying Specific Strains of Illness

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Photo: Genomics [12/07/2013] Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and George Washington University (GWU) have developed a method to rapidly identify pathogenic species and strains causing illnesses, such as pneumonia.Genomics: Rapidly Identifying Specific Strains of Illness - Read more

DNA Helps: Speed Detection of Coronary Artery Disease

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Photo: Heart [02/07/2013] DNA fragments in your blood may someday help doctors quickly learn if chest pain means you have narrowed heart arteries, according to a new study.DNA Helps: Speed Detection of Coronary Artery Disease - Read more

Gene Therapy: Virus Restores Sight

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Photo: Gene Therapy [14/06/2013] Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new method to insert genes into eye cells that could greatly expand gene therapy to help restore sight to patients with blinding diseases.Gene Therapy: Virus Restores Sight - Read more

New Technique: Protein Drugs From Bacteria

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Photo: Bacteria [06/06/2013] A cheaper, more efficient technique for developing complex protein drugs from bacteria has been developed at the University of Sheffield.New Technique: Protein Drugs From Bacteria - Read more

Bacteria: Gut Microbiota Can Predict Diabetes

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Photo: Gut microbiota [05/06/2013] Intestinal bacteria may have a greater influence on us than was previously thought. In a new study Swedish researchers show that patients with type 2 diabetes have an altered gut microbiota. Bacteria: Gut Microbiota Can Predict Diabetes - Read more

Antibiotics: New Hope Against Resistant Diseases

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Photo: Anthrax cells [05/06/2013] Diseases such as tuberculosis, anthrax, and shigellosis -- a severe food-borne illness -- eventually could be treated with an entirely new and more-effective kind of antibiotic.Antibiotics: New Hope Against Resistant Diseases - Read more

Ethics: Caution When Using Genetic Sequencing

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Photo: Genetic sequence [17/05/2013] The use of genome-wide analysis (GWA), that examines the entirety of an individual's DNA for genomic mutations or variants which can cause health problems is a useful technology for diagnosing disease. But it can also pose major ethical problems if used incorrectly.Ethics: Caution When Using Genetic Sequencing - Read more

Cancer Cells: Stability for the Genome

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Photo: DNA [10/05/2013] In cancer cells, the genome is often in a chaotic, unstable state. Now, a research group from the Würzburg Biocenter, Germany, found out which enzymes can stabilize DNA.Cancer Cells: Stability for the Genome - Read more

Genetics: The Many Faces of the Bacterial Defense System

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Photo: Bacteria [02/05/2013] Even bacteria have a kind of immune system they use to defend themselves against unwanted intruders – in their case, viruses. Scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany, were now able to show that this defense system is much more diverse than previously thought and that it comes in multiple versions.Genetics: The Many Faces of the Bacterial Defense System - Read more

Proteins: A Scanner for Hereditary Defects

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Graphic [25/01/2013] The body’s own proteins continually scour the genetic material for signs of damage. Researchers from the Institute of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich see new possibilities in this damage recognition for improving cancer treatment in humans.Proteins: A Scanner for Hereditary Defects - Read more

Nanotechnology: Synthetic Cell Membrane Channels Made of DNA

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Photo: Membrane channel [21/11/2012] Physicists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the University of Michigan have shown that synthetic membrane channels can be constructed through "DNA nanotechnology."Nanotechnology: Synthetic Cell Membrane Channels Made of DNA - Read more

COMPAMED 2012: Inside the halls

From 14.-16. November 2012 the trade fair halls 8a and 8b were occupied by 500 COMPAMED-exhibitors and their products. "High tech solutions for medical technology" was the claim.COMPAMED 2012: Inside the halls - Read more

MEDICA 2012: Concluding Statement

Horst Giesen, Project Director of MEDICA and COMPAMED, resumes the two trade fairs, summarizes the highlights and gives a short outlook for 2013. MEDICA 2012: Concluding Statement - Read more

MEDICA 2012: The Congress

A multitude of seminars, presentations and practical courses make the MEDICA CONGRESS a unique event! Here you find some Impressions of it.MEDICA 2012: The Congress - Read more

Welcome to MEDICA 2012

MEDICA 2012 opened its doors today. For four days, the medical technology industry will meet here in the Exhibition halls in Düsseldorf. We asked the first visitors, what expectations they have.Welcome to MEDICA 2012 - Read more

Childhood Cancer: More Effective Treatment Through DNA Method

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[16/10/2012] A thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has studied a DNA method which is now used for all cases of neuroblastoma in Sweden. It has led to more effective treatment at individual level.Childhood Cancer: More Effective Treatment Through DNA Method - Read more

Inheritance: New Findings About Mitchondrial Diseases

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[09/10/2012] Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging discovered, how and when mitochondrial diseases are inherited, using a new model. This is decided when the future mother herself is still an embryo.Inheritance: New Findings About Mitchondrial Diseases - Read more

Immune Cells: Puzzle of B-Cell Lymphoma Development Solved

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[24/09/2012] Doctor Dinis Pedro Calado and Doctor Klaus Rajewsky of the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) have identified subgroups of B cells in germinal centers in which the proto-oncogene Myc, a critical regulator of cellular proliferation, is highly activated.Immune Cells: Puzzle of B-Cell Lymphoma Development Solved - Read more

Stem Cells: Moving Toward Regeneration

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[03/09/2012] Stowers scientists show how pluripotent stem cells mobilize in wounded planarian worms, to better understand stem cell behaviour in regeneration and disease. Stem Cells: Moving Toward Regeneration - Read more

Tracing the Causes: Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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[29/08/2012] Vitamin B12 is vital. In collaboration with colleagues from Canada, Germany and the United States, researchers from Zurich’s University Children’s Hospital and the University of Zurich have succeeded in decoding a novel cause of hereditary vitamin B12 deficiency. Tracing the Causes: Vitamin B12 Deficiency - Read more

Gene Discovery: Mysterious Paralysis of Childhood

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[30/07/2012] Researchers at Duke University Medical Centre have now discovered that mutations in one gene cause the disease in the majority of patients with a diagnosis of Alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC), and because of the root problem they discovered, a treatment may become possible.Gene Discovery: Mysterious Paralysis of Childhood - Read more

Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path

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[02/07/2012] While many physicians immediately think of biomarkers, genetic fingerprinting and new possibilities for cancer treatments when they hear the key words personalized medicine, most patients view the issue differently. They rightly assume that means they receive a treatment that places them in the center – and not just their genes. Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path - Read more

Lung: Pathogens in Biofilm

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[19/06/2012] People with the hereditary disease "cystic fibrosis" usually die as a result of chronic pulmonary infections. Scientists of the University of Basel have discovered that genetic modifications in a pathogen causing pneumonia help it to persist life-long in the lungs of a patient.Lung: Pathogens in Biofilm - Read more

Genetic: Mutations Impair Childhood Growth

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[30/05/2012] Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia studying rare genetic disorders have uncovered insights into those diseases in biological structures that regulate chromosomes when cells divide.Genetic: Mutations Impair Childhood Growth - Read more

New Study: More Children Living with 'Life-limiting' Conditions

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[12/03/2012] The number of children with conditions such as muscular dystrophy, neurodegenerative disorders or severe cerebral palsy who are surviving into adulthood has been underestimated, a new study led from the University of Leeds shows.New Study: More Children Living with 'Life-limiting' Conditions - Read more

DNA: Genome Sequencing Finds Unknown Cause of Epilepsy

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[24/02/2012] Only 10 years ago, deciphering the genetic information from one individual in a matter of weeks to find a certain disease-causing genetic mutation would have been written off as science fiction. Now researchers of the University of Arizona applied Next Generation Genome Sequencing to decipher the entire DNA from a patient who had died from sudden unexplained epileptic death.DNA: Genome Sequencing Finds Unknown Cause of Epilepsy - Read more

Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again

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[02/01/2012] There is no drug to treat anorexia nervosa. This complex mental illness that goes along with severe physical impairments requires intense therapy that has one final goal in mind: the affected person is supposed to relearn healthy eating patterns to avoid becoming dangerously underweight. Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again - Read more

Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research”

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[02/01/2012] Today, genome analyses can take up to 30 days. A new database technology is meant to help in analyzing and evaluating vast amounts of medical data in real-time. Doctor Matthieu-P. Schapranow from the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering (HPI) explains how in-memory technology works and how it benefits personalized medicine.Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research” - Read more

Medaka Fish: An Eye on Stem Cells

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[06/12/2011] A single stem cell has the potential to generate offspring that differentiates into a variety of specialised cell types. This has now been shown by a team of biologists at the Heidelberg University (Germany) in the adult retina of the medaka fish as a model system.Medaka Fish: An Eye on Stem Cells - Read more

Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer

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[29/11/2011] An inexpensive drug that treats Type-2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a study by a Michigan State University researcher.Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer - Read more

Breast Cancer: Girls with Family History of Breast Disease Should Avoid Alcohol

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[21/11/2011] Adding to research linking alcohol to breast cancer risk, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that adolescent girls with a family history of breast disease — either cancer or the benign lesions that can become cancer – have a higher risk of developing benign breast disease as young women than other girls. Breast Cancer: Girls with Family History of Breast Disease Should Avoid Alcohol - Read more

Imaging Methods: The View Inside

Imaging methods offer doctors the opportunity to find out what happens inside the patients body in shortest time. No matter if fractures, venereal activity or brain structures - the recording of the highly complex machines describe even tiny changes accurately. Combined with digital data processing diagnoses can be made more precise and faster than ever. Imaging Methods: The View Inside - Read more

MEDICA 2011: Concluding Statement by the MEDICA Project Director

Four exciting days come to an end. Four days the main subject an theme was medical technology. Horst Giesen, Project Director of MEDICA draws a balance.MEDICA 2011: Concluding Statement by the MEDICA Project Director - Read more

MEDICA 2011: The Congress

The MEDICA CONGRESS offers interesting lectures and medical education and training of a special class. In various courses, seminars and discussion forums current issues and developments in medical practices and clinics will be discussed by attendees and experts.MEDICA 2011: The Congress - Read more

Newlyborn: A safe start into this world

Wonders never cease - and that daily in maternity wards all over the world. But birth is still a risky matter. But the risks can be minimized greatly through modern medical technology, as they accompany mother and child from pregnancy to childbirth and the care afterwards.Newlyborn: A safe start into this world - Read more

COMPAMED 2011: Inside the halls

627 suppliers from 40 countries showcase their innovations in the exhibition halls 8a and 8b at the COMPAMED 2011. The products, ranging from small tubing to complete packaging systems, show the great diversity of the medical device industry. See for yourself!COMPAMED 2011: Inside the halls - Read more

MEDICA 2011 - A Special Experience

As every year, exhibitors and visitors will meet at the MEDICA for fascinating discussions, demonstrations and visits to the MEDICA FORUMS. We have let them draw a balance and asked what it is, that often makes them come back to the world's largest medical trade fair for many years in a row.MEDICA 2011 - A Special Experience - Read more

MEDICA 2011: Inside the halls

An overwhelming variety awaits visitors at MEDICA 2011. For you we have gone through the halls and looked closely at the most exciting novelties.MEDICA 2011: Inside the halls - Read more

Human Genes: “Junk DNA” May Give Rise to Evolutionary Innovation

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[02/11/2011] The vast majority of the human genome consists of DNA without any apparent function, so-called “junk DNA”. A study of Heidelberg University's Centre for Organismal Studies now highlights this “dark matter” of the genome as a resource for evolutionary novelty.Human Genes: “Junk DNA” May Give Rise to Evolutionary Innovation - Read more

Canadians': Skin Colour Matters When it Comes to Health

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[13/10/2011] A new University of British Columbia study finds that Black Canadians with darker skin are more likely to report poorer health than Black Canadians with lighter skin. The study also suggests that a mismatched racial identity can negatively affect health.Canadians': Skin Colour Matters When it Comes to Health - Read more

Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment"

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[08/09/2011] Many years ago in Chernobyl, now Fukushima (Japan) - when it comes to nuclear accidents, human lives are in danger. Not only in the moment of the accident, but for many years later. Because the disease-causing rays have a life-long effect on our health and can be the cause of cancer even in the following generation.Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment" - Read more

Proteins: Improved Method Holds Promise for Biomedical Research

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[17/08/2011] Antibodies are the backbone of the immune system—capable of targeting proteins associated with infection and disease. They are also vital tools for biomedical research, the development of diagnostic tests and for new therapeutic remedies.Proteins: Improved Method Holds Promise for Biomedical Research - Read more

DNA: How Yeast Chromosomes Avoid the Bad Breaks

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[10/08/2011] During meiosis—the cell division that produces sperm and eggs—repetitive elements place the genome at risk for dangerous rearrangements from genome reshuffling. This recombination typically does not occur in repetitive DNA, in part because much of it is assembled into specialised heterochromatin. Other mechanisms that restrain recombination in repetitive DNA have remained elusive, until now.DNA: How Yeast Chromosomes Avoid the Bad Breaks - Read more

Not Hereditary: Mutations Cause More Than Half the Cases of Schizophrenia

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[10/08/2011] Columbia University Medical Center researchers have shown that new, or "de novo," protein-altering mutations—genetic errors that are present in patients but not in their parents—play a role in more than 50 percent of "sporadic"—for example, not hereditary—cases of schizophrenia. Not Hereditary: Mutations Cause More Than Half the Cases of Schizophrenia - Read more

Identified: Molecular Basis for DNA Breakage

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[21/07/2011] Scientists from the Hebrew University have identified the molecular basis for DNA breakage, a hallmark of cancer cells.Identified: Molecular Basis for DNA Breakage - Read more

Study: New Link Between Parkinson’s Disease and Cellular Sorting

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[20/07/2011] Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München working in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna have identified a mutation associated with a inherited form of late-onset Parkinson’s disease. The mutation occurs in a gene that plays a role in intracellular protein sorting. Study: New Link Between Parkinson’s Disease and Cellular Sorting - Read more

Chromosomes: ‘Cord-stopper’ Protein Complex Makes Easier to Move

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[20/07/2011] In a study scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have discovered how a protein complex called condensin keeps chromosome arms folded and easy-to-transport, potentially acting as a cord-stopper.Chromosomes: ‘Cord-stopper’ Protein Complex Makes Easier to Move - Read more

Autism: Biomarker Discovered

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[13/07/2011] Siblings of people with autism show a similar pattern of brain activity to that seen in people with autism when looking at emotional facial expressions. University of Cambridge researchers identified the reduced activity in a part of the brain associated with empathy and argue it may be a 'biomarker' for a familial risk of autism.Autism: Biomarker Discovered - Read more

Genetic Study: New Light on Auto-Immune Arthritis

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[12/07/2011] Researchers are one step closer to understanding how an individual’s genetic make-up predisposes them to Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a common auto-immune arthritis which causes pain and stiffness of the spine, and in serious cases, progressive fusion of the vertebrae and other affected joints. Genetic Study: New Light on Auto-Immune Arthritis - Read more

Twin Study: Diet Can Influence Course of Macular Degeneration

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[07/07/2011] Eating a diet high in vitamin D, as well as the nutrients betaine and methionine, might help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, according to new research conducted by Tufts Medical Center scientists. Twin Study: Diet Can Influence Course of Macular Degeneration - Read more

Finding: Early Embryos Can Correct Genetic Abnormalities

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[07/07/2011] Professor William G. Kearns told the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology that a three-day-old embryo with an incorrect number of chromosomes was capable of undergoing "a dynamic process of genetic normalisation" so that by day five, when it had developed to the blastocyst stage, it had become euploid, with the correct number of chromosomes.Finding: Early Embryos Can Correct Genetic Abnormalities - Read more

Interactions: When Viruses Infect Bacteria

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[04/07/2011] Looking in vivo at virus-bacterium associations sets stage for better understanding of such interactions in human health.Interactions: When Viruses Infect Bacteria - Read more

New Tasks: Aurora Proteins in Cell Division

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[29/06/2011] When a cell divides, the genetic information in the chromosomes must be passed on error-free to the daughter cells. Researchers at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory in Tübingen are studying this process using fission yeast as a model organism. New Tasks: Aurora Proteins in Cell Division - Read more

Fetal Programming: Disease Risk Depends on Parental Gender

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[06/06/2011] Overexposure to stress hormones in the womb can program the potential for adverse health effects in those children and the next generation, but effects vary depending on whether the mother or father transmits them, a new animal study suggests. Fetal Programming: Disease Risk Depends on Parental Gender - Read more

Gene Transfer: Gonorrhea Acquires a Piece Of Human DNA

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[15/02/2011] If a human cell and a bacterial cell met at a speed-dating event, they would never be expected to exchange phone numbers, much less genetic material. In more scientific terms, a direct transfer of DNA has never been recorded from humans to bacteria. Until now.Gene Transfer: Gonorrhea Acquires a Piece Of Human DNA - Read more

Research: Kidney Gene Implicated in Increased Heart Failure Risk

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[18/01/2011] Scientists have identified the first DNA sequence variant common in the population that is not only associated with an increased risk of heart failure, but appears to play a role in causing it.Research: Kidney Gene Implicated in Increased Heart Failure Risk - Read more

Scientists Discover: Genes Linking Puberty Timing to Body Fat in Women

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[23/11/2010] Researchers at King's College London's Department of Twin Research have discovered, as part of a large international consortium, 30 new genes that control the age of sexual maturation in women. Scientists Discover: Genes Linking Puberty Timing to Body Fat in Women - Read more

Kids: Mom's Health May Increase Risk of Kidney Disease

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[23/11/2010] Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are more likely to have mothers who were obese or had diabetes during pregnancy, according to a study. Kids: Mom's Health May Increase Risk of Kidney Disease - Read more

A Mystery Solved: How Genes Are Selectively Silenced

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[20/10/2010] Cells read only those genes which are needed at a given moment, while the others are chemically labeled and, thus, selectively turned off. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have now been the first to discover how these labels are placed at exactly the right spot in the genetic material. A Mystery Solved: How Genes Are Selectively Silenced - Read more

Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk

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[13/10/2010] Having a family history of breast cancer can lead some people to wonder if their risk is out of their control. A study of more than 85,000 postmenopausal women observed that regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking less alcohol lowers breast cancer risk for women with, and without a family history of the disease.Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk - Read more

Biophysical Chemistry: On The Trail of The Epigenetic Code

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[12/10/2010] Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen have succeeded in creating an experimental system for testing the function of such chemical histone modifications and their influence on the organism.Biophysical Chemistry: On The Trail of The Epigenetic Code - Read more

Research: Genetic Factor in Osteoporosis Discovered

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[23/09/2010] Spanish researchers have confirmed there is a genetic risk factor for osteoporosis and bone fractures. Although more studies are still needed, these findings will make it possible to take preventive measures.Research: Genetic Factor in Osteoporosis Discovered - Read more

Genomic Imprinting: Researcher Links Maternal Genes to Selfish Behaviour

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[23/09/2010] If you are more inclined to love thyself than thy neighbour, it could be your mother's fault. Those are the findings of Francisco Úbeda, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.Genomic Imprinting: Researcher Links Maternal Genes to Selfish Behaviour - Read more

Nearsightedness: Gene Discovery Could Yield Treatments

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[14/09/2010] Scientists at Duke University Medical Center, in conjunction with several other groups, have uncovered a gene associated with myopia (nearsightedness) in Caucasian people from several different regions, including Dutch, British and Australian subjects. Nearsightedness: Gene Discovery Could Yield Treatments - Read more

Cancer Treatment: Biologists Find Way to Reduce Stem Cell Loss

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[06/09/2010] Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered that a gene critical for programmed cell death is also important in the loss of adult stem cells, a finding that could help to improve the health and well-being of patients undergoing cancer treatment.Cancer Treatment: Biologists Find Way to Reduce Stem Cell Loss - Read more

Nutrition: Anxious About Coffee?

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[23/08/2010] Würzburg scientists under psychiatrist Professor Jürgen Deckert, working with a team led by Peter Rogers from the University of Bristol, have now discovered that the extent of this anxiety also depends on how regularly coffee is consumed. Nutrition: Anxious About Coffee? - Read more

Cigarette: Smoke Causes Changes In the Lungs

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[20/08/2010] Casual smokers may think that smoking a few cigarettes a week is "no big deal." But according to new research from physician-scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, having an infrequent smoke, or being exposed to secondhand smoke, may be doing more harm than people may think. Cigarette: Smoke Causes Changes In the Lungs - Read more

DNA: Gene Identified Related to Chronic Pain

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[06/08/2010] Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have succeeded in identifying for the first time a gene associated with susceptibility to chronic pain caused by nerve injury in humans, signalling a significant step toward better understanding and treating of the condition.DNA: Gene Identified Related to Chronic Pain - Read more

Brain: Sirtuin1 May Boost Memory

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[12/07/2010] The same molecular mechanism that increases life span through calorie restriction may help boost memory and brainpower, researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report.Brain: Sirtuin1 May Boost Memory - Read more

Neurological Disorders: Identification of Genes

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[25/06/2010] A team led by a Los Angeles researcher developed a novel approach to efficiently identify disease relevant genes in human complex neurological disorders and demonstrated the effectiveness of this method by applying it to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease.Neurological Disorders: Identification of Genes - Read more

Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“

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[01/05/2010] Individual, goal oriented and without any side effects – this is how more and more patients should be treated in the future. Treatments according to the key-lock principle already partially exist today. MEDICA.de talked to Ivar Roots from the Charité Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology about cancer, genes and an unusual present. Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ - Read more

T Cells: Surprise for Stroke Researchers

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[16/03/2010] Strokes are less damaging if certain immune cells are absent in the blood. This previously unknown mechanism will be presented by researchers from the University of Würzburg.T Cells: Surprise for Stroke Researchers - Read more

Virus: Weekness of the Swine Flu

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[16/12/2009] Researchers have found what they believe is a weakness in H1N1's method for evading detection by the immune system. Virus: Weekness of the Swine Flu - Read more

Proteins: New Technique Captures Calcium Sensor in Action

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[03/09/2009] The protein calmodulin targets and steers the activities of hundreds of other proteins – mostly kinases – in our cells. Biophysicists have recently developed a new method to manipulate and observe it in action. Proteins: New Technique Captures Calcium Sensor in Action - Read more

Dwarfism: Key Gene Discovered

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[14/07/2009] Scientists have just discovered the gene behind Recessive Omodysplasia, a rare skeletal disease characterised by short-limbed dwarfism and craniofacial anomalies. Dwarfism: Key Gene Discovered - Read more

DNA: Faster, More Cost-Effective Test Developed

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[10/07/2009] Scientists in Japan are reporting development of a faster, less expensive version of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a DNA test widely used in disease diagnosis and other applications. DNA: Faster, More Cost-Effective Test Developed - Read more

Biochips: Proteins in Gel

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[30/06/2009] Biochips are already in widespread use for DNA testing. Researchers have recently developed a gel which also allows fixing proteins on their surface. Biochips: Proteins in Gel - Read more

Imaging: New Way to See Single RNA Molecules

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[09/04/2009] Biomedical engineers have developed a new type of probe that allows them to visualize single ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules within live cells more easily than existing methods.Imaging: New Way to See Single RNA Molecules - Read more

 
 

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