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Discovery at University of Adelaide to help thousands of young girls worldwide suffering from debilitating form of epilepsy
The discovery of the gene responsible for a form of epilepsy in girls has led to a new treatment for the disorder. (Medical News Today)

Novel DNA repair mechanism could lead to new Alzheimer's treatments
Scientists have a discovered a new mechanism through which breaks in strands of DNA long believed to be inaccessible are repaired. (Medical News Today)

Singapore team's discovery of new genomic aberrations of gastric cancer could pave the way for precision medicine
Singapore scientists from A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), together with colleagues from the National University Health System (NUHS)... (Medical News Today)

Targeting gene-control molecule may heal chronic wounds
A new study suggests that targeting a gene control molecule that influences the transition from inflammation to growing new tissue could promote healing in chronic wounds. (Medical News Today)

Molecule found that helps BRCA gene resist cancer treatment
Researchers have identified a small molecule without which the BRCA2 gene cannot carry out the DNA repair that enables cancer-driving mutations to resist treatment. (Medical News Today)

Erythropoietic protoporphyria: Phase III SCENESSE studies published
Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd has announced that results from its pivotal Phase III studies of SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg) in the orphan genetic disorder erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP)... (Medical News Today)

Genes may not be to blame for link between migraine and heart disease
A new study suggests that genes may not be to blame for the increased risk of heart disease some studies have shown in people with migraine, especially those with migraine with aura. (Medical News Today)

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy trial offers hope of treatment
A trial to test the safety and effectiveness of a therapy that replaces a faulty gene in the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis has shown encouraging results. (Medical News Today)

Could eye color predict the risk of alcohol dependence?
For the first time, researchers have uncovered a link between eye color and alcohol dependence, finding people with light-colored eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics. (Medical News Today)

Oxitec mosquito works to control Aedes aegypti in dengue hotspot
The journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases has published the results of a trial of Oxitec's genetically engineered mosquitoes. (Medical News Today)

Latent virus and life expectancy
Molecular, cellular and clinical changes that arise from an infection with a latent virus and result in a decrease in longevity. (Medical News Today)

Genetic variation influences effectiveness of anti-diabetic drug
The first study to show how natural genetic variation can affect individual response to an anti-diabetic drug takes a step toward individualized treatment of metabolic disorders. (Medical News Today)

Cause of acute liver failure in young children discovered
Mutations in patients disrupt cellular transportAcute liver failure is a rare yet life-threatening disease for young children. (Medical News Today)

New technique maps elusive chemical markers on proteins
Unveiling how the 20,000 or so proteins in the human body work--and malfunction--is the key to understanding much of health and disease. (Medical News Today)

Melanoma mutation rewires cell metabolism
B-raf V600E activates ketogenesis enzymeA mutation found in most melanomas rewires cancer cells' metabolism, making them dependent on a ketogenesis enzyme, researchers at Winship Cancer Institute... (Medical News Today)

CNIO researchers show that telomeres are linked to the origins of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
These results suggest that idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may be treated by therapies based on the activation of the enzyme telomeraseIdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) causes a gradual loss of... (Medical News Today)

HKUST researchers discover ways to regenerate corticospinal tract axons
Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have found a way to stimulate the growth of axons, which may spell the dawn of a new beginning on chronic SCI treatments. (Medical News Today)

Genetic variation determines response to anti-diabetic drug
In the first study of its kind, Penn researchers have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals. (Medical News Today)

ASHG issues position statement on genetic testing in children and adolescents
Statement addresses scientific advances, ethical questions, and implementationThe American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Workgroup on Pediatric Genetic and Genomic Testing has issued a... (Medical News Today)

Study of gene mutations in aplastic anemia may help optimize treament
Scientists have identified a group of genetic mutations in patients with aplastic anemia, which likely will help doctors optimize treatment for this rare and deadly blood condition. (Medical News Today)

New epigenetic mechanism revealed in brain cells
For decades, researchers in the genetics field have theorized that the protein spools around which DNA is wound, histones, remain constant in the brain, never changing after development in the womb. (Medical News Today)

Penn team identifies gene responsible for some cases of male infertility
In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. (Medical News Today)

Why human egg cells don't age well
When egg cells form with an incorrect number of chromosomes--a problem that increases with age--the result is usually a miscarriage or a genetic disease such as Down syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study says
Experiments link the recycling of a DNA-supporting protein with the formation of new connections among neuronsNeurons are a limited commodity; each of us goes through life with essentially the... (Medical News Today)

Humans evolved to be taller and faster-thinking, suggests study
People have evolved to be smarter and taller than their predecessors, a study of populations around the world suggests. (Medical News Today)

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