Aug 7, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Drinking at conception boosts diabetes risk for baby
Babies conceived by women who drink alcohol around the time of conception face dramatically increased risks of type 2 diabetes and obesity in early middle age, a University of Queensland, Australia study has found.
Aug 6, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Altered brain growth in autism spectrum disorder
More than half a century after autism was identified by psychiatrist Leo Kanner in 1943, the exact causes of this brain disorder still remain unclear. Now Scripps research has uncovered how mutations in the gene PTEN, mutated in 20% of autism cases, alters early brain development in mice and contributes to macrocephaly or enlarged head.
Aug 5, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Stem cells one step closer to curing genetic disease
Healthy brain, muscle, eye and heart cells would improve the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world with debilitating mitochondrial diseases. Now, researchers at the Salk Institute have gotten one step closer to making such cures a reality: they've turned cells from patients into healthy, mutation-free stem cells that can then become any cell type.
Aug 4, 2015-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Simple flip of a genetic switch begins aging
Scientists have pinpointed the start of aging and discovered it is not a slow series of random events. Two Northwestern University scientists have now identified a molecular clue in the transparent roundworm C. elegans. that abruptly begins aging just when the animal reaches reproductive maturity.
Aug 3, 2015-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Drug for Rett syndrome may reverse the disorder
A team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has developed a striking new approach for treating Rett syndrome, a devastating autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that affects 1 in 10,000 people in the US, mostly girls.