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December 7, 2012--------News Archive

New Prenatal Test Proposed as Standard of Care
Research shows that microarray analysis of fetal DNA is significantly more accurate than current methods of prenatal testing, picking up an abnormality in one out of every 60 pregnancies

His and hers: Male Hormones Control Differences in Mammary Gland Nerve Growth
Mechanism identified in mice could explain other sex-specific variations in nerve networks

How DNA is Reprogrammed During Egg and Sperm Development
Scientists at the Babraham Institute have gained a new understanding of when and how the DNA in developing egg and sperm cells is 'reset', in preparation for making a new embryo

December 6, 2012--------News Archive

Semen Quality Fell in French Men Between 1989 and 2005
New research shows that the concentration of sperm in men's semen has been in steady decline between 1989 and 2005 in France. In addition, there has been a decrease in the number of normally formed sperm

Baby's Health Tied to Mother's Value of Family
Mom's cultural values are linked to higher birthweights as well as lower asthma rates

Origin of Intelligence and Mental Illness Linked to Ancient Genetic Accident
Scientists begin to piece together a theory of how reason and intelligence evolved beginning 500 million years ago

December 5, 2012--------News Archive

'Junk DNA' Drives Embryonic Development
Sanford-Burnham researchers discover that microRNAs play an important role in germ layer formation—the process that determines which cells become which organs during embryonic development

5 Big Strides Fight Lung Disease in Tiniest Patients
BPD, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, affects approximately 10,000 very premature newborns in Canada and the U.S. every year. However, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from human umbilical cord have a protective effect when administered into neonatal lungs under certain conditions

Salk Scientists Develop Faster, Safer Production of Stem Cells
The new method boosts cell yields and increases safety, helping to get another step closer to regenerative medicine

December 4, 2012--------News Archive

Genes Link Fetal Growth with Adult Metabolism and Disease
Researchers have identified four new genetic regions that influence birth weight, providing further evidence that genes as well as maternal nutrition are important for growth in the womb

Low Birth Weight Genes Linked to Adult Shortness, Diabetes Risk
An international team of genetics researchers has discovered four new gene regions that contribute to low birth weight. Three of those regions influence adult metabolism, and appear to affect longer-term outcomes such as adult height, risk of type 2 diabetes and adult blood pressure

Insights into Genetic Causes of Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Attacks
Largest coronary artery disease study to date identifies many new genetic regions associated with risk of heart attacks

December 3, 2012--------News Archive

Electrically Spun Fabric Offers Dual Defense Against Pregnancy, HIV
The only way to protect against HIV and unintended pregnancy today is the condom. It’s an effective technology, but not appropriate or popular in all situations

Molecular Knock-out Alleviates Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice
Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) have identified the enzyme HDAC6 as a possible target for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists Identify Key Biological Mechanism in Multiple Sclerosis
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have defined for the first time a key underlying process implicated in multiple sclerosis (MS)—a disease that causes progressive and irreversible damage to nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This discovery offers new hope for the millions who suffer from this debilitating disease for which there is no cure

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