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  • February 10, 2017
  • 08:19 AM

BHD in patients undergoing chest CT and characteristics of BHD in Korea.

by Joana Guedes in BHD Research Blog

To date, there have been no prospective studies attempting to diagnose BHD syndrome or literature reviews on BHD in Korea. Park et al. (2017) address this in their new study that aims to detect BHD prospectively in patients undergoing chest computed tomography (CT) scans and to classify the characteristics of BHD in Korea.... Read more »

  • September 22, 2016
  • 10:27 AM

Will tardigrades get humanity into space?

by gdw in FictionalFieldwork

The mighty water bear Tardigrades, aka water bears, are tiny animals that can be found just about everywhere on earth, with a slight preference for the moisture in moss. They happily amble along on their four pairs of legs and slurp up plant cells, algae, and even smaller invertebrates that can’t get away fast enough […]... Read more »

Boothby TC, Tenlen JR, Smith FW, Wang JR, Patanella KA, Nishimura EO, Tintori SC, Li Q, Jones CD, Yandell M.... (2015) Evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer from the draft genome of a tardigrade. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(52), 15976-81. PMID: 26598659  

Koutsovoulos G, Kumar S, Laetsch DR, Stevens L, Daub J, Conlon C, Maroon H, Thomas F, Aboobaker AA, & Blaxter M. (2016) No evidence for extensive horizontal gene transfer in the genome of the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(18), 5053-8. PMID: 27035985  

Hashimoto T, Horikawa DD, Saito Y, Kuwahara H, Kozuka-Hata H, Shin-I T, Minakuchi Y, Ohishi K, Motoyama A, Aizu T.... (2016) Extremotolerant tardigrade genome and improved radiotolerance of human cultured cells by tardigrade-unique protein. Nature communications, 12808. PMID: 27649274  

  • August 25, 2016
  • 10:40 AM

How to rebuild a brain

by gdw in FictionalFieldwork

After the stroke The human brain is complicated. Very complicated. And like any piece of complex machinery that relies on the smooth functioning of many components, it’s not immune to malfunction. When a part of the brain doesn’t get proper nutrition through a nice and smooth blood flow, things go awry and a stroke occurs. […]... Read more »

  • January 8, 2016
  • 10:59 PM

CRISPR Successfully Restores Gene Function in Animal Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Ph.D. and Dr. Chengzu Long, PhD Department of Molecular Biology UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX 75390-9148 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), … Continue reading →
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Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Ph.D. and, & Dr. Chengzu Long, Graduate Student. (2016) CRISPR Successfully Restores Gene Function in Animal Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. info:/

  • October 12, 2015
  • 09:23 AM

Promising Study Supports Gene Therapy For Wet Macular Degeneration

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Professor  P. Elizabeth Rakoczy Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences The University of Western Australia Head of Department – Molecular Ophthalmology Lions Eye Institute Australia Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Prof. Rakoczy: Wet age … Continue reading →
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Professor P. Elizabeth Rakoczy. (2015) Promising Study Supports Gene Therapy For Wet Macular Degeneration. info:/

  • October 12, 2014
  • 03:45 AM

How EBOLA Treatment Works

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

A basic insight into the biology behind the experimental EBOLA treatment. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

  • October 9, 2014
  • 01:04 AM

RotM: Interview with Prof. Kenro Kusumi

by Coffee Table Science in CTS

Prof. Kenro Kusumi (R) with authors of the paper,
Jeanne Wilson-Rawls (L) and Elizabeth Hutchins (centre).
Photo credit: Joel Robertson. 

We, continue our Researcher of the Month initiative, with an interview with Professor Kenro Kusumi, who studies development, regeneration and diseases of the spine in his lab at the School of Life Sciences at the Arizona State University. Prof. Kusumi's ... Read more »

  • August 16, 2014
  • 10:14 AM

High Sugar & Plants

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Activating PPARy can cure high blood sugar, but the problem is that current treatment has serious side effects. Accordingly, we turn to plants and natural medicine to provide new chemical formulas for PPARy agonists to help cure hyperglycemia.[Infographic]... Read more »

Wang L, Waltenberger B, Pferschy-Wenzig EM, Blunder M, Liu X, Malainer C, Blazevic T, Schwaiger S, Rollinger JM, Heiss EH.... (2014) Natural product agonists of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ): a review. Biochemical pharmacology. PMID: 25083916  

  • August 4, 2014
  • 04:00 PM

One Gene, One Cancer

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

A mutation in the BRAF gene, called V599E, is purportedly the cause of several different cell pathways leading to the symptoms of melanoma. This mutation is present in many patients with melanoma, and stopping it could mean a cure or treatment. [Infographic]... Read more »

Hingorani SR, Jacobetz MA, Robertson GP, Herlyn M, & Tuveson DA. (2003) Suppression of BRAF(V599E) in human melanoma abrogates transformation. Cancer research, 63(17), 5198-202. PMID: 14500344  

  • July 20, 2014
  • 10:13 PM

Parasite Cures Cancer

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

A parasite commonly found in the intestines of cats turns out to be an immune system boost against cancer! [Infographic]... Read more »

  • June 19, 2014
  • 12:22 AM

Cancer Vaccine

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Finally, a possible vaccine for cancer. [Infographic]... Read more »

Yukai He,, Yuan Hong,, Yibing Peng,, Lisa Butterfield,, Sheng Guo,, David Bartlett,, David Munn1,, Jose Guevara-Patino,, Junfeng Pang,, & Nahid Mivechi,. (2014) Engineering AFP and GPC3 to create highly immunogenic gene vaccines to prevent carcinogen-induced murine autochthonous hepatocellular carcinoma. The Journal of Immunology, 192(1). info:/

  • June 10, 2014
  • 02:00 PM

[Creepy] Plasmids and Antibiotic Resistance

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

If the title didn’t give it away, plasmids are creepy. For those of you who are confused by that statement let’s cover what a plasmid is exactly. Plasmids are very […]... Read more »

Maria A. Schumacher, Nam K. Tonthat, Stephen M. Kwong, Naga babu Chinnam, Michael A. Liu, Ronald A. Skurray, & Neville Firth. (2014) Mechanism of staphylococcal multiresistance plasmid replication origin assembly by the RepA protein. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1406065111

  • June 3, 2014
  • 10:56 AM

Gene Scissors

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Gene scissors allow scientists to cut out any gene: a dream for gene therapy! [Infographic]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2014
  • 10:52 AM

Gene therapy for the heart

by EE Giorgi in CHIMERAS

My post today is about state-of-the-art gene therapy that delivers genes straight to heart, where the genes activate proteins critical in restoring cardiac tissue in people affected by heart failure. The technique, developed at the Cardiovascular Research Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is undergoing clinical trial.Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Heart failure--a condition by which the heart weakens and no longer pumps blood efficiently througho........ Read more »

  • January 28, 2014
  • 07:38 AM

Geneticaly developed toxin destroy HIV carrying lymphocytes

by B V Waghmare in HIV virus and antiretroviral drugs and antiAIDS vaccine research and developmets

Drug that destroy HIV carrying lymphocytes; can impart complete treatment so that patient will not have to take antiretroviral drugs through out life as after certain period after attaining nill HIV count discontinuation of antiretroviral drug therapy there will be no hidden HIV virus in human body cells lymphocytes that relapse HIV infection and reproduce HIV count. ... Read more »

B V Waghmare. (2014) Drug that destroy HIV carrying lymphocytes; will result in complete treatment that will not require to taking antiretroviral drugs through out life. . info:/

  • December 16, 2013
  • 11:14 AM

Genetic Factors Contribute to Being Skinny

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

An increasing body of research supports a genetic contribution to obesity.However, relatively few genetic studies of the opposite or lean phenotype have been done.The lean phenotype is important to study because being very underweight is linked to mortality risk and several clinical disorders including anorexia nervosa.Typically, I review neuroscience research manuscripts from other scientists in Brain Posts.Today I want to summarize some of my own research published recently in the journal PLOS........ Read more »

Yates WR, Johnson C, McKee P, Cannon-Albright LA. (2013) Genetic Analysis of Low BMI Phenotype in the Utah Population Database. PLOS One. info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0080287

  • November 29, 2013
  • 05:22 PM


by Emtel in Antisense Science

We all injure ourselves often- a cut finger when doing the washing up, that scab we can’t resist picking. We don’t usually think much of it, maybe a quick curse, but the wound stops bleeding, stops hurting and heals. But what would happen if scabs didn’t form and if small cuts didn’t stop bleeding? Well for some people this is the case. Haemophilia A, a haemorrhagic disorder, is generally an X-linked recessive trait and effects 1 in 10000 males. It involves defects of p........ Read more »

Du LM, Nurden P, Nurden AT, Nichols TC, Bellinger DA, Jensen ES, Haberichter SL, Merricks E, Raymer RA, Fang J.... (2013) Platelet-targeted gene therapy with human factor VIII establishes haemostasis in dogs with haemophilia A. Nature communications, 2773. PMID: 24253479  

  • July 26, 2013
  • 11:30 AM

Genetics of Blindness: Inherited Retinal Diseases

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

The genetics of inherited vision disorders — notably retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) — are an area of intense research. Numerous genes responsible for inherited retinopathies have been identified in the past ten years. At the time of writing, there are at least 242 different genetic disorders, with 202 different genes identified [...]... Read more »

  • July 7, 2013
  • 10:23 AM

Male DNA in the Female Brain

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

When you are pregnant, people like to tell you all sorts of things about yourself.probably the most complimentary thing I have been compared to."you are going to have a boy/girl""you are carrying high/low""you look like an olive on a toothpick/beached whale""you probably have some of your husband's DNA/baby's cells in your brain now."huh?That last one requires a little more explanation. How could new external foreign cells get into my brain? First of all there is the blood-brain barrier which pr........ Read more »

Dawe GS, Tan XW, & Xiao ZC. (2007) Cell migration from baby to mother. Cell adhesion , 1(1), 19-27. PMID: 19262088  

  • May 14, 2013
  • 08:12 AM

Turtle genome shows breathing is optional

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

Genome of the western painted turtle has developed a remarkable ability to go without oxygen for months. And this genomic change could point to better heart attack and stroke treatments for us.... Read more »

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