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Dragnet for Epilepsy Genes

January 23, 2015 3:42 pm | by University of Bonn | News | Comments

An international team of scientists have taken a new path in the research into causes of epilepsy. Read more...                        

Identifying Potential Target for Epilepsy Treatment

January 23, 2015 9:07 am | by Imperial College | News | Comments

Epilepsy is a common and serious disease that affects around 50 million people worldwide. The mortality rate among people with epilepsy is two to three times higher than the general population. Read more...                           

Why Protein Mutations Lead to Parkinson's

January 22, 2015 12:21 pm | by USCD | News | Comments

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, have shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson's disease.                     


New Revolutionary Culturing Technique for Liver and Pancreas

January 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Hubrecht Institute | News | Comments

Scientists successfully developed a culturing system for human liver stem cells as well as stem cells from pancreatic cancer. Read more...                     

Researchers Make Progress Understanding Rare Pediatric Cancer

January 22, 2015 9:41 am | by Laura Herperger, University of Calgary | News | Comments

This malignant cancer is characterized by an excessive growth of melanin-producing cells in both the skin and the brain. Read more...                     

Shedding Light on Genetic Mutations in Autism

January 21, 2015 10:19 am | by Dartmouth Univ. | News | Comments

Recent research has linked autism with a lack of "pruning" in developing brain connections, but a new Dartmouth study suggests instead it is the excessive growth of new connections that causes sensory overload in people with the disorder. Read more...

New Sequencing Technique Reveals Genetic Clues to Rare Breast Tumors

January 15, 2015 10:53 am | News | Comments

A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center characterizes the genetic underpinnings of a rare type of breast tumor called phyllodes tumors, offering the first comprehensive analysis of the molecular alterations at work in these tumors. Read more...

Scientists Discover Protective Cooling of the Brain Could Lead to New Drug Target

January 15, 2015 9:51 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

The team discovered that this protective process may be defective in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Read more...                      


Researchers Create Novel Platform for Pancreatic, Breast Cancer Treatment

January 14, 2015 12:34 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a novel synthetic compound that sharply inhibits the activity of a protein that plays an important role in in the progression of breast and pancreatic cancers. Read more...          

Techniques for RNA Detection in Live Cells

January 13, 2015 4:34 pm | by Martin J. Stoddart, Ph.D. Principal Scientist, Musculoskeletal Regeneration AO Research Institute Davos and Don Weldon R&D Manager EMD Millipore Corporation | Articles | Comments

RNA plays a key regulatory role in cell and tissue development as well as during disease progression. By studying RNA, researchers can advance the understanding of gene expression patterns and determine the roles of genomic elements in cellular function and dysfunction. Read more...

'Survival' Protein a Target in Drug Resistant Lymphomas

January 13, 2015 10:00 am | by Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered that targeting a cell ‘survival’ protein could help treat some lymphomas. Read more...                         

Targeting Brain Cancer Cells with a Wound-Healing Drug

January 12, 2015 12:47 pm | by Ashley WennersHerron - Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Scientists are planning to create a virus capable of destroying brain cancer. Read more...                             

Scientists Find Possible Target for Treating Brain Inflammation

January 12, 2015 12:34 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists identified an enzyme that produces a class of inflammatory lipid molecules in the brain. Read more...                         


Bacteria May Contribute to Wound-Induced Skin Cancer

January 9, 2015 9:24 am | by King's College London | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a new mechanism by which skin damage triggers the formation of tumors. Read more...                         

FDA Approves Roche's HIV, Hepatitis Screening Test

January 9, 2015 9:09 am | News | Comments

The combination of viral target detection and identification steps on a fully automated system offers workflow advantages to blood and plasma testing centers. Read more...               

23andMe, Genentech Team Up for Research Project on Parkinson's Disease

January 8, 2015 2:03 pm | News | Comments

23andMe and Genentech will together to generate whole genome sequencing data for approximately 3,000 people in 23andMe's Parkinson's disease community. Read more...              

'Cellular Backpacks' Attach to White Blood Cells Targeting Inflammation

January 8, 2015 12:52 pm | by University of California, Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Persistent inflammation is often indicative of more serious conditions and can lead to problems of its own, including impaired healing, loss of function or even tissue death. Read more...            

Broad Immune Response May Destroy Latent HIV

January 8, 2015 12:39 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

A major barrier to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS is the presence of latent HIV in the cells of chronically infected individuals. Read more...                    

Nestlé Health Science Invests $65M in Microbiome Therapy Startup

January 6, 2015 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Nestlé Health Science’s investment will help fund the next stage of development of the startup's CDI treatment. Read more...                       

Researchers Study Potential Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

January 5, 2015 4:06 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Vanderbilt University researcher William Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Germany and Canada have demonstrated a method for detecting “cell-free” tumor DNA in the bloodstream. Read more...                                

Personalizing Oncology with Genomics: Tools & Techniques

January 2, 2015 11:05 am | by Philip Breitfeld, MD, Vice President, Global Head, Therapeutic Centers of Excellence, Quintiles and Jeff Fitzgerald, Director of Personalized Medicine Integration, Quintiles | News | Comments

Sophisticated, genomics-based tools have potential to transform cancer care within the next decade. Among these will be biomarkers that can distinguish between tumors based on their molecular characteristics, enabling ever-greater personalization of cancer treatments.

Chicken Flu Evolution Yields Insight into Origins of Deadly Strain

December 30, 2014 11:40 am | by St. Judes Children's Hospital | News | Comments

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian influenza. Read more...               

New Protein Could Become Therapy Target for Multiple Viral and Bacterial Infections

December 30, 2014 10:29 am | by VCU | News | Comments

A protein could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria. Read more...                  

New Drug Helps Huntington's Disease Afflicted Mice, Offspring

December 23, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Famine, drug abuse and even stress can “silence” certain genes, causing health problems in generations to come. Read more...                       

Research Suggests Riluzole May Prevent Foggy 'Old Age' Brain

December 22, 2014 9:26 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Researchers found they could stop normal, age-related memory loss in rats by treating them with riluzole. Read more...                        

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