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Scientists explore the evolution of a 'social supergene' in the red fire ant
PHYS.ORG Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that the chromosome responsible for the social organisation of colonies of the... 53 minutes
Mapping the family tree of stars
PHYS.ORG Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking... 11 hours
Multi-disciplinary project receives £390,000 grant to discover genetic cause of epilepsy
NEWS MEDICAL The University of Liverpool has received a £390,000 grant from Medical Research Council to conduct research into how mutations in genes can cause epilepsy. 13 hours
UPM researchers measure energy expenditure in different training programs
NEWS MEDICAL Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have calculated for the first time the real energy expenditure in different training programs, including both aerobic and anaerobic contribution. 13 hours
ASU-led engineers develop new DNA switch to control flow of electrons within atomic-sized molecule
NEWS MEDICAL DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development... 13 hours
Group introduces six new particles to standard model to solve five enduring problems
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—A quartet of researchers has boldly proposed the addition of six new particles to the standard model to explain five enduring problems.... 16 hours
Targeting RNA repeats
NEWS MEDICAL RNA repeats are stretches of code in the body that incrementally repeat. For example, in the most common cause of adult-on-set muscular dystrophy a RNA has a repeat of r(CUG) and this three letter code can repeat thousands of times. 16 hours
More lessons from Dolly the sheep—is a clone really born at age zero?
PHYS.ORG In 1997 Dolly the sheep was introduced to the world by biologists Keith Campbell, Ian Wilmut and colleagues. Not just any lamb,... 17 hours
Switched-on DNA: Sparking nano-electronic applications
PHYS.ORG DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices. 19 hours
Gene sequences reveal secrets of symbiosis
PHYS.ORG Advances in genomic research are helping scientists to reveal how corals and algae cooperate to combat environmental stresses. KAUST researchers have sequenced and compared the genomes of three strains of Symbiodinium, a member of the dinoflagellate... 1 day
New gene drive technology could wipe out malaria, but is it safe?
Science Magazine A Q&A with evolutionary ecologist James Collins 1 day
New imaging technique catches DNA ‘blinking’ on
SCIENCE-NEWS Dye-free imaging technique zooms in below 10-nanometer threshold, allowing new cellular views. 2 days
Genomic analysis of brain tumor helps doctors keep cancer at bay for five years
NEWS MEDICAL An analysis of a patient's deadly brain tumor helped doctors at Smilow Cancer Hospital identify new emerging mutations and keep... 2 days
Micro-RNA may amplify effectiveness of sorafenib in difficult liver cancer cases
SCIENCE DAILY Only 25% of patients respond to sorafenib treatment, so researchers have endeavored to understand its mechanism of action and discover a way to boost its effectiveness. 2 days
Egg-free surrogate chickens produced in bid to save rare breeds
SCIENCE DAILY Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds. The advance -- using gene-editing techniques --... 2 days
Gene editing can complement traditional food-animal improvements
SCIENCE DAILY Animal scientist say that gene editing -- following in the footsteps of traditional breeding -- has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing food-animal health and welfare. 2 days
Powerful optical imaging technology catches DNA naturally fluorescing
SCIENCE DAILY Biomedical engineers have developed imaging technology that is the first to see DNA 'blink,' or fluoresce. The tool enables researchers to study individual biomolecules (DNA, chromatin, proteins) as well as important global... 2 days
Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla
PHYS.ORG German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called "My Friend Cayla" that can chat with children, warning Friday that it was a de facto "spying device". 3 days
Gene editing can complement traditional food-animal improvements
PHYS.ORG Gene editing—one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology—enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes. 3 days
Scaffolding bacterial genomes and probing host-virus interactions in gut microbiome by proximity ligation (chromosome capture) assay
Science Magazine The biochemical activities of microbial communities, or microbiomes, are essential parts of environmental and animal ecosystems.... 3 days
Age-associated molecular changes are deleterious and may modulate life span through diet
Science Magazine Transition through life span is accompanied by numerous molecular changes, such as dysregulated gene expression, altered metabolite levels, and accumulated molecular damage. These changes... 3 days
Modifying fat content in soybean oil with the molecular scissors Cpf1
SCIENCE DAILY Successful inactivation of two genes in soybean using CRISPR-Cpf1. 3 days
Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs
SCIENCE DAILY Dogs with an inherited muscle-wasting disorder that was treated with a single infusion of corrective gene therapy were indistinguishable from normal animals one year later. Puppies with this naturally occurring, fatal genetic mutation and... 3 days
New imaging technology catches DNA naturally fluorescing
NEWS MEDICAL Many of the secrets of cancer and other diseases lie in the cell's nucleus. But getting way down to that level -- to see and investigate the important genetic material housed there -- requires... 3 days
Mice study provides clues to how genetic variations in gut microbes influence metabolic disease
NEWS MEDICAL The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem... 3 days
Research provides more evidence that mRNA vaccines can protect mice against Zika virus
NEWS MEDICAL Vaccine developers have successfully protected mice against Zika by injecting synthetic messenger RNA that encodes for virus proteins into the animals. 3 days
MRC researchers discover genetic 'switch' that plays key role in Parkinson's disease
NEWS MEDICAL A genetic 'switch' has been discovered by MRC researchers at the University of Leicester which could help to prevent or delay the symptoms of... 3 days
From mice, clues to microbiome's influence on metabolic disease
SCIENCE DAILY The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin... 3 days
Right-handed or left-handed: Why?
SCIENCE DAILY It is not the brain that determines if people are right or left-handed, but the spinal cord, new research indicates. The biopsychologists have demonstrated that gene activity in the spinal cord is asymmetrical already in the womb. 3 days
Scientists Say They Could Bring Back Woolly Mammoths Within Two Years
HISTORY A team of scientists working on the “de-extinction” of the woolly mammoth say they are on the brink of resurrecting the prehistoric species, in a revised... 3 days
Molecular patterns of complex diseases
SCIENCE DAILY Results of the largest genome-wide association study on proteomics to date reports 539 associations between protein levels and genetic variants. These associations overlap with risk genes for 42 complex diseases. 3 days
Discovery of genetic 'switch' could help to prevent symptoms of Parkinson's disease
SCIENCE DAILY A genetic 'switch' has been discovered, which could help to prevent or delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, report scientists. 3 days
Glowing mice suggest new gene therapy technique
SCIENCE DAILY A collaboration between chemists and gene therapy experts produced a new way of inserting the code for modified proteins into the cells of mice. If successful in humans, the technique could be useful for... 3 days
Researchers are first to see DNA 'blink'
PHYS.ORG Many of the secrets of cancer and other diseases lie in the cell's nucleus. But getting way down to that level—to see and investigate the important genetic material housed there—requires creative thinking and extremely... 3 days
Robbed of royalty: Mutilation and social determination of female Diacamma ants
SCIENCE DAILY Triggered by mutilation, expression of select genes determines social castes in Diacamma ants, outlines a new report. 3 days
DNA computer brings 'intelligent drugs' a step closer
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers present a new method that should enable controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream using DNA computers. The team developed the first DNA computer capable of detecting several antibodies in the blood... 3 days
Congo river fish evolution shaped by intense rapids
PHYS.ORG New DNA-based research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and... 3 days
Medical News Today: Parkinson's: 'Genetic switch' may play key role in preserving brain cells
MNT Study finds a genetic switch that controls PINK1 and PARKIN genes, defects in which cause mitchondrial dysfunction seen in some... 4 days
Method developed by biomedical scientists could help in treatment of several diseases
SCIENCE DAILY Nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD) is a processing pathway in cells that, like a broom, cleans up erroneous RNA. Biomedical scientists report that they have... 4 days
Reasons for our left or right-handedness
SCIENCE DAILY It is not the brain that determines if people are right or left-handed, but the spinal cord, new research indicates. The biopsychologists have demonstrated that gene activity in the spinal cord is asymmetrical already in the... 4 days
Parkinson's: 'Genetic switch' may play key role in preserving brain cells
MNT Study finds a genetic switch that controls PINK1 and PARKIN genes, defects in which cause mitchondrial dysfunction seen in some forms of Parkinson's. 4 days
Spider web of cancer proteins reveals new drug possibilities
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have mapped a vast spider web of interactions between proteins in lung cancer cells, as part of an effort to reach what was considered 'undruggable.' This approach revealed new... 4 days
Research sheds light on mechanisms underlying aging
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have known for decades that drastically restricting certain nutrients without causing malnutrition prolongs health and lifespan in a wide range of species, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect have remained a mystery.... 4 days
What happens to gene transcription during DNA damage?
PHYS.ORG It's well known that when the DNA in a cell is damaged, the cell responds by activating specific genes that help defend the integrity of its genome. But less well studied is... 4 days
DNA computer brings 'intelligent drugs' a step closer
PHYS.ORG Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) present a new method for controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream using DNA computers. In the journal Nature Communications, the team, led by biomedical engineer... 4 days
Father's diet impacts on son's ability to reproduce, study finds
PHYS.ORG New research involving Monash University biologists has debunked the view that males just pass on genetic material and not much else to their offspring. Instead, it found a father's diet can... 4 days
Samsung family succession hits snag with chief's arrest
PHYS.ORG South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country's richest family and de-facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal... 4 days
Medical News Today: Vitamin B-3 successfully prevents glaucoma in mice
MNT New mouse study finds a way to prevent glaucoma in genetically predisposed mice. This could pave the way for safer treatments for glaucoma patients. 4 days
Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs
MNT Work on gene therapy is showing significant progress for restoring muscle strength and prolonging lives in dogs with a previously incurable, inherited neuromuscular disease. 4 days
New method that detects NMD efficiency could help in treatment of many diseases
NEWS MEDICAL In cells, DNA is first converted to RNA, and RNA is next converted to proteins--a complicated process involving several other steps. Nonsense-mediated... 4 days
Doctors use targeted molecular drugs to treat fatal cancerous blood syndromes
NEWS MEDICAL Genomic testing of biopsies from patients with deadly, treatment-resistant cancerous blood syndromes called histiocytoses allowed doctors to identify genes fueling the ailments and use targeted molecular drugs to... 4 days
UT Southwestern scientists unravel role of PARP enzymes in major cellular activities
NEWS MEDICAL A component of an enzyme family linked to DNA repair, stress responses, and cancer also plays a role in enhancing or inhibiting major cellular activities under physiological conditions,... 4 days
Canadian researchers use gene therapy to treat patient with Fabry disease
NEWS MEDICAL A team of Canadian physicians and researchers is believed to be the first in the world to have used gene therapy to treat a patient with... 4 days
Glowing mice could mark major step forward for new gene therapy
NEWS MEDICAL Timothy Blake, a postdoctoral fellow in the Waymouth lab, was hard at work on a fantastical interdisciplinary experiment. He and his fellow researchers were refining compounds... 4 days
[Cell Biology] Dissecting the effects of APOE
Science Magazine Three APOE alleles are expressed in humans: APOE4 allele is the single most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, APOE3 is neutral, and APOE2 – [Read More] 4 days
[Infection] Touchdown for gut pathogen virulence
Science Magazine Escherichia coli is transformed from a commensal organism into a pathogen by acquisition of genetic elements called pathogenicity islands (PAIs). Katsowich et al. – [Read More] 4 days
[Mutation Detection] When is a mutation a true genetic variant?
Science Magazine Large-scale sequencing studies have set out to determine the low-frequency pathogenic genetic variants in individu als and populations. However, Chen et al. demonstrate that – [Read More] 4 days
[Planetary Science] Organic compounds detected on Ceres
Science Magazine Water and organic molecules were delivered to the early Earth by the impacts of comets and asteroids. De Sanctis et al. examined infrared spectra taken by the Dawn spacecraft – [Read More] 4 days
[Policy Forum] CRISPR, surrogate licensing, and scientific discovery
Science Magazine Several institutions are embroiled in a legal dispute over the foundational patent rights to CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, and it may take years for their competing claims to be resolved (1–4). But even... 4 days
[Report] Seagrass ecosystems reduce exposure to bacterial pathogens of humans, fishes, and invertebrates
Science Magazine Plants are important in urban environments for removing pathogens and improving water quality. Seagrass meadows are the most widespread coastal ecosystem on... 4 days
[Perspective] Oliver Smithies (1925–2017)
Science Magazine Oliver Smithies passed away on 10 January 2017, at the age of 91, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. On that day, the world lost a legendary scientist, and I lost a colleague, collaborator, and friend. Smithies began his career as... 4 days
[This Week in Science] When is a mutation a true genetic variant?
Science Magazine Author: Laura M. Zahn 4 days
[In Depth] A yellow light for embryo editing
Science Magazine Editing the DNA of a human embryo could be ethically allowable in limited circumstances, says a report released this week by a committee convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and... 4 days
[Report] Host cell attachment elicits posttranscriptional regulation in infecting enteropathogenic bacteria
Science Magazine The mechanisms by which pathogens sense the host and respond by remodeling gene expression are poorly understood. Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), the cause of severe intestinal... 4 days
[Report] DNA damage is a pervasive cause of sequencing errors, directly confounding variant identification
Science Magazine Mutations in somatic cells generate a heterogeneous genomic population and may result in serious medical conditions. Although cancer is typically... 4 days
Honey bee genetics sheds light on bee origins
PHYS.ORG Where do honey bees come from? A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis and UC Berkeley clears some of the fog around honey bee origins. The work could... 4 days
In a possible step forward for gene therapy, researchers made mice glow like fireflies
PHYS.ORG Timothy Blake, a postdoctoral fellow in the Waymouth lab, was hard at work on a fantastical interdisciplinary experiment. He and... 4 days
A case where smoking helped: Scientists help understand mechanics of rare hemoglobin mutation
PHYS.ORG There's at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect, and it took an international collaboration of... 4 days
Researchers develop potential treatment for fatal kidney disease
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have developed a potential drug to treat polycystic kidney disease -- an incurable genetic disease that often leads to end-stage kidney failure. 4 days
More patients with early-stage breast cancer may be able to avoid chemotherapy in the future
SCIENCE DAILY Women with early-stage breast cancer who had an intermediate risk recurrence score (RS) from a 21-gene expression assay... 4 days
Prebiotic evolution: Hairpins help each other out
SCIENCE DAILY The evolution of cells and organisms is thought to have been preceded by a phase in which informational molecules like DNA could be replicated selectively. New work shows that hairpin structures make particularly effective... 4 days
Analyzing copies of genes offers new treatment possibilities for ovarian cancer
SCIENCE DAILY A team of researchers has developed a new tool to analyze an often overlooked aspect of cancer genetics -- an alteration that results in the loss... 5 days
Otzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers
PHYS.ORG Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new... 5 days
Ebolaviruses need very few mutations to cause disease in new host species
SCIENCE DAILY Ebola is one of the world's most virulent diseases, though rodent species such as guinea pigs, rats and mice are not normally susceptible to... 5 days
Modifying fat content in soybean oil with the molecular scissors Cpf1
PHYS.ORG A team from the Center for Genome Engineering, within the Institute for Basic Research (IBS), succeeded in editing two genes that contribute to the fat contents... 5 days
Potential new causes for the odor-producing disorder TMAU
SCIENCE DAILY A new study provides new insight into the causes of trimethylaminura (TMAU), a genetically-transmitted metabolic disorder that leads to accumulation of a chemical that smells like rotting fish. Previously attributed solely to... 5 days
Ötzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers
SCIENCE DAILY Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new... 5 days
Molecular hairpin structures make effective DNA replicators
PHYS.ORG The evolution of cells and organisms is thought to have been preceded by a phase in which informational molecules like DNA could be replicated selectively. New work shows that hairpin structures make particularly effective... 5 days
New fossil discovery suggests sea life bounced back after the 'Great Dying' faster than thought
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found a trove of marine fossils at a North American site that... 5 days
Cell-infused gloves and bandages light up when in contact with certain chemicals
PHYS.ORG Engineers and biologists at MIT have teamed up to design a new "living material"—a tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells... 5 days
Revealing the origin and nature of the outskirts of stellar megalopolis
PHYS.ORG The most detailed study of the outskirts of massive elliptical galaxies at half the age of the Universe was carried out by an international team led... 5 days
UNIGE researchers develop new technique to improve diagnosis of genetic diseases
NEWS MEDICAL When a child is conceived, he or she receives DNA from both parents. The child's own genome thus consists of a maternal and a paternal genome.... 5 days
IBS scientists modify fat content in soybean oil using new CRISPR-Cpf1 technology
NEWS MEDICAL A team from the Center for Genome Engineering, within the Institute for Basic Research (IBS), succeeded in editing two genes that contribute to the... 5 days
Sick and tired - not just a figure of speech
MNT Large-scale study looks at tiredness and its associations with environment, genes, and mental and physical health.Already feeling drained so early in the year? 5 days
Gene editing patent ruling sways fortune of biotech hopefuls
PHYS.ORG In a highly anticipated decision that could sway the fortunes of a handful of biotechnology companies, the federal patent office has turned back a challenge to patents covering a widely... 5 days
Gene therapy treats myotubular myopathy in dogs
NEWS MEDICAL The rare disorder, called myotubular myopathy, or MTM, affects only males. It causes fatal muscle wasting. Both dogs and boys with the disease typically succumb in early life due to breathing difficulties. 5 days
Unexpected Early Triassic marine ecosystem and the rise of the Modern evolutionary fauna
Science Magazine In the wake of the end-Permian mass extinction, the Early Triassic (~251.9 to 247 million years ago) is portrayed as an environmentally... 5 days
In the developing ears of opossums, echoes of evolutionary history
PHYS.ORG When we are confronted with the remarkable diversity and complexity of forms among living things—the lightweight and leathery wings of a bat, the dense networks of genes that... 5 days
Fossils show quick rebound of life after ancient mass extinction
REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal... 5 days
How the battle lines over CRISPR were drawn
Science Magazine Commercializing the revolutionary gene-editing tool led to acrimonious disputes over intellectual property, academic credit, and personal profit 5 days
Genome analysis helps keep deadly brain cancer at bay for five years
SCIENCE DAILY An analysis of a patient’s deadly brain tumor helped doctors identify new emerging mutations and keep a 55-year old woman alive for more than... 5 days
DNA patterns can unlock how glucose metabolism drives cancer, study finds
SCIENCE DAILY Less aggressive cancers are known to have an intact genome--the complete set of genes in a cell--while the genome of more aggressive cancers tends to have... 5 days
Father's diet impacts on son's ability to reproduce, study in flies suggests
SCIENCE DAILY The view that males just pass on genetic material and not much else to their offspring has now been debunked. Instead, new research found... 5 days
[Editors' Choice] The clone wars
Science Magazine Genome sequencing of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma reveals high concordance of driver alterations across metastases. 5 days
[Editors' Choice] Baring cellular souls
Science Magazine Coupling chemical approaches for disrupting DNA-protein complexes in intact nuclei with combinatorial barcoding enables high-throughput single-cell DNA sequencing. 5 days
Global ocean de-oxygenation quantified
SCIENCE DAILY The ongoing global change causes rising ocean temperatures and changes the ocean circulation. Therefore less oxygen is dissolved in surface waters and less oxygen is transported into the deep sea. This reduction of oceanic oxygen supply has major consequences for... 5 days
Scientists take aim at obesity-linked protein
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have shown that deleting the gene for this protein, known as IP6K1, protects animal models from both obesity and diabetes. 5 days
Medical News Today: Genetic basis for male baldness identified in large-scale study
MNT New large-scale genetic study examines over 52,000 men with moderate-to-severe hair loss and identifies over 250 genetic locations linked to the condition. 5 days
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Solar geometry sheds new light on historic painting
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Hints from the fossil record on how to re-oyster the Chesapeake
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Nostalgia could help smokers quit, study finds
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The Outer Space Treaty Has Been Successful – But Is It Fit for the Modern Age?
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New research helps organizations deliver stronger diversity training
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