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November 16, 2012--------News Archive

AGT2R Gene Points to Pre-Eclampsia Pregnancy Complication
New research at the University of Adelaide has revealed a genetic link in pregnant moms - and their male partners - to pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening complication during pregnancy

Eating More Fish Could Reduce Postpartum Depression
Evidence suggests many pregnant women are deficient in omega-3 which may lead to postpartum depression

piRNA Molecules Protect Germ Cells From Damage
Passing one's genes on to the next generation is a mark of evolutionary success. So the body works to ensure that next generation genes are exact replicas of the originals

November 15, 2012--------News Archive

New Brain Gene Gives Us Edge Over Apes
Scientists have taken a step forward in helping to solve one of life's greatest mysteries – what makes us human?

Boys And Girls May Get Different Breast Milk
Mother's milk may be the first food, but it is not created equal. In humans and other mammals, milk composition changes depending on the infant's gender and whether conditions are good or bad. Understanding those differences gives insight into human evolution

Triclosan in Cosmetics, Personal Care Products Increases Allergy Risk
Triclosan - an antibacterial chemical found in toothpaste and other products - can contribute to an increased risk of allergy development in children. This comes from the Norwegian Environment and Childhood Asthma Study, in which the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is involved. Similar results are reported in the USA

November 14, 2012--------News Archive

Understanding the 'Clock' in Each Embryonic Cell
Developing vertebrate embryos form vertebrae in a sequential, time-controlled way. Scientists had determined previously that the process of body segmentation is controlled by a kind of "clock," regulated by the oscillating activity of certain genes within embryonic cells. Now, it may be that these oscillations are correlated to mitosis in the cell division cycle

Variation in Sperm Length Not a Good Sign
A new study finds the greater the inconsistency in the length of a sperm tail (flagellum), the lower the concentration of sperm that can swim well. Fertility clinicians have a potential new marker for fertility trouble that might trace back to how a patient’s sperm are being made

Brain Tumors Might Require Personalized Treatment
Cancers arise when a normal cell acquires a mutation in a gene that regulates cellular growth or survival. But the particular cell this mutation happens in—the cell of origin—can have an enormous impact on the behavior of the tumor, and on the strategies used to treat it

November 13, 2012--------News Archive

Cilia Guide Neuron Migration in Developing Brain
A new study demonstrates cilia guiding the migration of neurons in the embryonic brain. Cilia are tiny hair-like structures on the surfaces of cells, but here they are acting more like radio antennae

Gene Sequencing Identifies Rare Childhood Leukemia Gene
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital – Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project discovery provides insight into a tough-to-cure form of acute myeloid leukemia that lays the groundwork for advances in clinical care

Scientists Discover 'Master Control Gene' to Expand Stem Cells
Canadian and Italian stem cell researchers have discovered a new "master control gene" for human blood stem cells and found that manipulating its levels could potentially create a way to expand these cells for clinical use

November 12, 2012--------News Archive

Extra Chromosome 21 Removed from Down Syndrome Cell Line
University of Washington scientists have succeeded in removing the extra copy of chromosome 21 in cell cultures derived from a person with Down syndrome, a condition in which the body’s cells contain three copies of chromosome 21 rather than the usual pair

Hunting Neuron Killers in Alzheimer’s and TBI
Sanford-Burnham researchers discovered that the protein appoptosin prompts neurons to commit suicide in several neurological conditions—giving them a new therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury

Scripps Scientists Uncover a New Pathway that Regulates Information Processing in the Brain
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a new pathway that appears to play a major role in information processing in the brain. Their research also offers insight into how imbalances in this pathway could contribute to cognitive abnormalities in humans

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