Jul 14, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
RNA molecules live short lives
RNA molecules are small molecules made from a cell's DNA. Unlike DNA, RNA is often a single-strand folded onto itself. They sense and respond to cellular signals, and act as templates for the production of proteins. Their lifespans exist briefly before being degraded. Now science finds that RNA molecules live only an average of two minutes, ten times shorter than was previously assumed.
Jul 13, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
RNA misprocessing causes muscle weakness disorder
For years, the underlying process that causes a debilitating muscle disorder in infants and young children was largely unknown. Now, researchers have identified fundamental mechanisms that cause congenital myotonic dystrophy or CDM.
Jul 12, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Cells constantly remix their genes
New research reveals that genes are constantly in motion! This helps expain how our cells adapt so quickly. By changing location, a gene alters its energy flow, increasing or decreasing energy as needed. "Louder" genes perhaps vibrate with more energy and thus contribute more to the function of a cell.
Jul 11, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
General anesthesia disrupts infant brain development
The U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) has recently issued a safety advisory warning against exposure to anesthetics and sedatives during the third trimester of prenancy and the first three years of life. These medications can have lasting adverse effects on intellectual function of the developing baby.
Jul 10, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
We are still passing flame retardants on to our babies
Trace amounts of flame retardants, banned in the USA for more than a decade, are still found in umbilical cord blood. These chemicals cause hormone disruption and are linked to low infant birth weights.