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Aug 30, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Obese women dieting before pregnancy can be bad
New research suggests that the periconceptional period is vitally important for nutritional programming in the baby, and dieting prior to—or at—conception can be detrimental.

Protein that protects nucleus also regulates stem cell
New study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that a protein found in the nuclei of all cells — lamin-A — plays a key role in the stem cell differentiation process.

Nitric oxide regulates gene expression
Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy have discovered a new role for nitric oxide, a gas molecule crucial for cell signaling and health.

Aug 29, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

School-age drinking increases breast cancer risk
Here's a sobering fact for millions of young women heading back to school: The more alcohol they drink before motherhood, the greater their risk of future breast cancer.

New approach to gene regulation can activate multiple genes simultaneously
By creating a powerful new gene regulation system—CRISPR-on— Whitehead Institute researchers have the ability to increase the expression of multiple genes simultaneously and precisely manipulate each gene's expression level. The system is effective in both mouse and human cells.

A major cause of age-related memory loss identified
Study points to possible treatments and confirms distinction between memory loss due to aging and that of Alzheimer's.

Aug 28, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

105 Additional genetic errors that cause cystic fibrosis
Discovery increases diagnostic certainty and opportunity for individualized drug therapy.

Preventing preterm birth caused by gene-environment interactions
Preterm birth causes more than 1 million deaths a year and can leave premature infants who survive with lifelong medical challenges ranging from respiratory distress to developmental problems. In new findings, scientists provide important new insights into this major global health problem—one that remains stubbornly persistent in the United States.

Breakthrough in DNA editing technology
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to apply a powerful new DNA-editing technology more broadly than ever before.

Aug 27, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Found, the essential brain circuit in visual development
NIH-funded study could lead to new treatments for amblyopia, a vision disorder that occurs when the brain ignores one eye in favor of the other.

New tool enhances the search for genetic mutations
Concealed within the human genome, (made up of some 3 billion base pairs), mutations are commonplace. While the majority of these appear to have no effect on human health, many others are associated with diseases and disease susceptibility.

Scientists discover how gene controls stem cell self-renewal
Stem cell scientists have discovered the gene GATA3 has a role in how blood stem cells renew themselves. The finding advances the quest to expand these cells for clinical use in bone marrow transplants, a procedure saving thousands of lives every year.

Aug 26, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Chromosome translocations can be advantageous
A pioneer study shows for the first time that chromosome rearrangements (such as inversions or translocations) can provide advantages to the cells that harbor them depending on the environment in which they are exposed.

Editing genes in flies gives insight into human development and disease
In an era of widespread genetic sequencing, the ability to edit and alter an organism's DNA is a powerful way to explore the information within and how it guides biological function.

Fetal tissue-derived stem cells may be ideal source for tissue and organ repair
MFDCs have many advantages over adult skin cells, including proliferation and differentiation.


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