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Sobi and Biogen's Elocta (rFVIIIFc) approved in Europe for the treatment of haemophilia A
Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) (Sobi) (STO: SOBI) and Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) have announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved Elocta® (rFVIIIFc) for the treatment of haemophilia... (Medical News Today)

Childhood asthma: Looking on the brighter side
The effect of a widespread genetic variant that increases the risk for childhood asthma can be neutralized. (Medical News Today)

Scientists map genes essential for cancer to survive
Using new technology, scientists have mapped thousands of genes that are essential for cancer cell survival, and have started to identify clusters unique to individual cancers. (Medical News Today)

Dietary restriction gives fruit flies a rhythm for a long life
Research on circadian clocks identifies critical role for peripheral clock genes in fat metabolism and aging and presents new targets for drug development. (Medical News Today)

Normalizing the levels of MeCP2 in a mouse model of MECP2 duplication syndrome restores neurological functions
Gene duplications are a common cause of intellectual disabilities and autism as well as various other neurological disorders. In a new study that appears online in the journal Nature, Dr. (Medical News Today)

Nanoparticles simplify DNA identification and quantification
In an article published in Small, researchers successfully applied a new qualitative and quantitative method for the detection of a DNA sequence characteristic of Leishmania infantum kinetoplast, a... (Medical News Today)

The silence of the genes
New insights into genomic imprinting.Research led by Dr. Keiji Tanimoto from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, has brought us closer to understanding the mechanisms underlying the phenomenon of... (Medical News Today)

Structural brain connectivity as a genetic marker for schizophrenia
Schizophrenia has been considered an illness of disrupted brain connectivity since its earliest descriptions. (Medical News Today)

New study on complete response rates for late-stage cancer
The researchers reported the results of a meta-analysis of 68 chemotherapy trials for cancer treatment between 2000 and 2006 - before the gradual introduction of targeted cancer therapies (drugs that... (Medical News Today)

York research points to enhanced detection of Parkinson's
New research by biologists at the University of York could lead to improved methods of detection for early-onset Parkinson's disease. (Medical News Today)

International study led by University College Dublin uncovers mechanism behind Joubert syndrome, a brain disorder
The results of an international study just published in Nature Cell Biology have identified a gene (TMEM107) associated with Joubert syndrome, and crucially uncovered the mechanism by which it... (Medical News Today)

Gene variants involved in stress responses affect 'post-concussive' symptoms
Variations in a gene that affect the body's responses to stress influence the risk of developing so-called post-concussive symptoms (PCS) after car crashes, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine... (Medical News Today)

Study identifies genetic risk for hyperinflammatory disorder from viral infection
A group of people with fatal H1N1 flu died after their viral infections triggered a deadly hyperinflammatory disorder in susceptible individuals with gene mutations linked to the overactive immune... (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer clinic attributes increased uptake of double mastectomies to 'Angelina Jolie effect'
Researchers at a breast cancer prevention clinic in Manchester, UK, have observed an increased uptake of preventative double mastectomies since May 2013, when Angelina Jolie announced that she had... (Medical News Today)

Causal link between aneuploidy and cancer
Publication in Nature Cell Biology: researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles - ULB Cancer Research Center, U-CRC - show the causal link between aneuploidy and cancer. (Medical News Today)

Loneliness alters the immune system to cause illness, study finds
Researchers shed light on how loneliness can cause illness; it disrupts stress signaling, which ultimately leads to increased inflammatory response and reduced antiviral response. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify genes connecting endocrine disruption to genital malformations
University of Florida Health researchers have identified genes that are disrupted by abnormal hormone signaling at crucial points during development, a finding that may lead to a better... (Medical News Today)

Children's blood bears evidence of mom's smoking in pregnancy
New research shows if a mother smokes during pregnancy, molecular evidence of it can be found in the blood of the child up to the age of 5. (Medical News Today)

Gene-edited mosquitoes cannot transmit malaria
Using a new gene-editing technique, scientists create a mosquito that passes on inability to transmit malaria to 99.5% of its offspring, raising hopes for disease eradication. (Medical News Today)

New class of RNA tumor suppressors identified by Stanford researchers
A pair of RNA molecules originally thought to be no more than cellular housekeepers are deleted in over a quarter of common human cancers, according to researchers at the Stanford University School... (Medical News Today)

Ancient viral molecules essential for human development, Stanford researchers say
Genetic material from ancient viral infections is critical to human development, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Gene identified that produces benefits of steroids, without the detrimental side effects
Findings have important implications for treatment of muscular dystrophy and other muscle wasting conditions. (Medical News Today)

Study reveals how 'bacterial sex' leads to antibiotic resistance
Researchers looking into horizontal gene transfer have revealed why it can lead to the spread of traits - including antibiotic resistance. (Medical News Today)

Scientists create serotonin-releasing neurons from human skin cells
Scientists have successfully turned human skin cells into neurons that signal to each other with serotonin, creating a useful lab tool for studying this essential brain chemical. (Medical News Today)

Sickle cell trait and disease: raising awareness
Sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait have had an uncomfortable history, but genetic treatments may eventually bring a cure. We take a closer look at the conditions. (Medical News Today)

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