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Health News - Genetics

Progeria: Viennese researchers describe mechanism behind premature aging disease
Progeria, a premature aging disease, is the research focus of Roland Foisner's team at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. (Medical News Today)

Studies suggest new ways to inhibit oncogenes, enhance tumor-suppressor activity
Two new studies by cancer scientists at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. (Medical News Today)

From Molecular Case Studies: Genomics of exceptional responder to NOTCH inhibitor
Normal T-cell development requires Notch signaling but hyperactivity can lead to cancer. (Medical News Today)

Research calls for stricter screening recommendations for family history of colon cancer
If you have a close family member with colorectal cancer, don't delay screeningAll relatives of individuals with colorectal cancer are at increased risk for this cancer, regardless of the age of... (Medical News Today)

Melatonin and mealtime: Common genetic difference could put some at greater risk of diabetes
New study explores how genetics influences the effects of taking melatonin close to mealtimeResearchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and the University of Murcia, Spain, have shed new... (Medical News Today)

Of skin and teeth: Identifying key differences in Asians
Authors Susana Seixas et al., in a new study recently published in the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, have found key differences in a suite of genes important for skin... (Medical News Today)

The hand and foot of Homo naledi
Homo naledi may have been uniquely adapted for both tree climbing and walking uprightThe second set of papers related to the remarkable discovery of Homo naledi, a new species of human relative... (Medical News Today)

Women with Alzheimer's-related gene lose weight more sharply after age 70
Researchers led by Deborah Gustafson, PhD, MS, professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, have shown that women with a gene variant (APOEe4 allele) associated with Alzheimer's disease... (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify new gene linked to amyloid beta plaque buildup in Alzheimer's disease
In a newly published study, a multi-institutional team led by scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered an immune system gene associated with higher rates of amyloid... (Medical News Today)

Mixed up cell transportation key piece of ALS and dementia puzzle
It's the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), but until now scientists weren't sure how a specific gene caused these devastating diseases. (Medical News Today)

Scientists test new gene therapy for vision loss from a mitochondrial disease
NIH-funded study shows success in targeting mitochondrial DNA in miceResearchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber... (Medical News Today)

A genetic polymorphism associated with lung cancer progression
Genetic polymorphisms associated with cancer progression lead to variations in gene expression and may serve as prognostic markers for lung cancer. (Medical News Today)

Pinpointing gene that regulates repair and regeneration in adult lungs
The whimsically named sonic hedgehog gene, best known for controlling embryonic development, also maintains the normal physiological state and repair process of an adult healthy lung, if damaged... (Medical News Today)

Study reveals key structure in telomerase enzyme, a target for cancer drugs
Over-activation of telomerase in 90 percent of malignant tumors has made the unusual enzyme a prime target for drug development effortsNew findings revealed a molecular "tug of war" that plays... (Medical News Today)

Spay, neuter, or shot? How an injection could be the future of animal control
A single shot into the muscle is enough to stop egg and sperm production in mice, report California Institute of Technology scientists on October 5 in Current Biology. (Medical News Today)

Nonfamilial breast cancer risk could be predicted by genetic alterations
Researchers have identified a number of genetic aberrations that could indicate a predisposition toward the development of sporadic breast cancer. (Medical News Today)

Cure for rare form of color blindness steps closer with novel gene insight
By analyzing the genes of dogs, researchers have uncovered new insight into the mechanisms underlying a rare form of color blindness called achromatopsia. (Medical News Today)

Studying cardiac arrhythmias in nematodes
The C. elegans feeding apparatus is a model for genetic arrhythmiaResearchers at the Goethe University have developed a simple model using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans that can be used to... (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover evidence that lead exposure in mothers can affect future generation
A team of researchers at Wayne State University have discovered that mothers with high levels of lead in their blood not only affect the fetal cells of their unborn children, but also their... (Medical News Today)

Big eyes!
"Why, Grandma, what big eyes you have!" Though similar in appearance, the hidden cause of those big eyes Little Red Riding Hood notices in Grimms' fairy tale has nothing to do with the hidden cause... (Medical News Today)

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists take first up-close look at activity in human breast cancer cells
A photograph may reveal how something looks, but direct observation can divulge how the objects behave. The difference can mean life or death, especially when it comes to fighting human disease. (Medical News Today)

Penn Vet-Temple team characterizes genetic mutations linked to a form of blindness
Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye's cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. (Medical News Today)

Fatty liver disease and scarring have strong genetic component
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say that hepatic fibrosis, which involves scarring of the liver that can result in dysfunction and, in severe cases... (Medical News Today)

Gene therapy doubles survival in recurrent glioblastoma
San Antonio's Cancer Therapy & Research Center led Phase 2 testing of new agentAn experimental gene therapy essentially doubled the overall survival of patients with recurrent glioblastoma... (Medical News Today)

A natural history of neurons
Diverse mutations reveal lineage of brain cellsWalt Whitman's famous line, "I am large, I contain multitudes," has gained a new level of biological relevance. (Medical News Today)

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