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Health News - Genetics

Gene discovered that reduces risk of stroke
Scientists have discovered a gene that protects people against one of the major causes of stroke in young and middle-aged adults and could hold the key to new treatments. (Medical News Today)

How does environment-damaged DNA lead to disease?
Using a technique called time-lapse crystallography, researchers have observed for the first time how the polymerase enzyme inserts nucleotides into strands of DNA. (Medical News Today)

Missing gene linked to autism
Researchers at the University of Leeds have shed light on a gene mutation linked to autistic traits. (Medical News Today)

Four more genes identified in severe food allergy
In eosinophilic esophagitis, new targets emerge for potential treatmentsScientists have identified four new genes associated with the severe food allergy eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). (Medical News Today)

New mechanism identified for misfolded proteins in heart disease
A Jackson Laboratory research team has found that the misfolded proteins implicated in several cardiac diseases could be the result not of a mutated gene, but of mistranslations during the "editing"... (Medical News Today)

Ultrafast, low-cost DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality
A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. (Medical News Today)

Has a possible new lead been found in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases?
Good communication between brain cells is vital for optimal (mental) health. Mutations in the TBC1D24 gene inhibit this process, thereby causing neurodegeneration and epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Possibilities for personalized cancer vaccines revealed at ESMO symposium
The possibilities for personalised vaccines in all types of cancer were revealed in a lecture from Dr Harpreet Singh at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Medical News Today)

Mutant gene discovered that can cause deafness
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies. (Medical News Today)

Limiting abnormal cell growth in tumors may be achieved by clipping proteins that package genes
Changes to the structure of the protein histone H3.3 may play a key role in silencing genes that regulate cancer cell growth, according to a study led by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine... (Medical News Today)

GEDi proves more sensitive than exome sequencing in diagnosing inherited eye disease
Investigators at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and colleagues reported the development and characterization of a comprehensive genetic test for... (Medical News Today)

Researchers unwind the mysteries of the cellular clock
Human existence is basically circadian. Most of us wake in the morning, sleep in the evening, and eat in between. (Medical News Today)

Yellow fever research breakthrough could lead to better treatment
By examining how macaque monkeys react to the yellow fever virus, researchers have discovered white blood cell changes that could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment. (Medical News Today)

TSRI researchers find how mutant gene can cause deafness
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies. (Medical News Today)

Delivering a promising one-two punch for lung cancer
Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered a powerful one-two punch for countering a common genetic mutation that often leads to drug-resistant cancers. (Medical News Today)

In the fight against cancer, new understanding of genetic replication could help
A new line of research from a team at Florida State University is pushing the limits on what the world knows about how human genetic material is replicated and what that means for people with... (Medical News Today)

New "human interactome" map predicts new cancer genes
Scientists have created the largest-scale map to date of direct interactions between proteins encoded by the human genome and newly predicted dozens of genes to be involved in cancer. (Medical News Today)

Men with hemophilia B get reliable relief from gene therapy
Gene therapy developed at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, University College London (UCL) and the Royal Free Hospital has transformed life for men with a severe form of hemophilia B by... (Medical News Today)

Comparing the mouse's functional genome elements with the human genome
A group of international researchers has just discovered the keys to explaining why certain processes and systems in mice, like the immune system, metabolism and stress response, are so different to... (Medical News Today)

Power behind 'master' gene for cancer discovered
It's hard to believe, but there are similarities between bean sprouts and human cancer. (Medical News Today)

A world first: scientists sequence genome of tapeworm removed from man's brain
For the first time, UK researchers have sequenced the genome of a tapeworm removed from the brain of a 50-year-old man. The tapeworm causes a rare disease called sparganosis. (Medical News Today)

Researchers characterize a protein mutation that alters tissue development in males before birth
Case Western Reserve researchers have identified a protein mutation that alters specific gender-related tissue in males before birth and can contribute to the development of cancer as well as other... (Medical News Today)

Study finds early diagnosis and cord blood transplantation prevents permanent brain damage from rare inherited disease
Umbilical cord blood from unrelated donors can halt the progression of the neurodegenerative disease Hurler syndrome if performed before the affected child is less than 9 months old, according to a... (Medical News Today)

New research shows significant promise for stratified medicine's impact on the UK health system
Research by the ABPI published November 20 shows that 90% of clinicians and other health professionals surveyed believe that stratified medicine - particularly non-cancer applications - will have a... (Medical News Today)

Mutations identified that are expressed within melanoma tumors that predict effective responses to a groundbreaking immunotherapy
A team led by Ludwig and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) researchers has published a landmark study on the genetic basis of response to a powerful cancer therapy known as immune checkpoint blockade. (Medical News Today)

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