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Scientists find gene for love of the sea

What did Thor Heyerdahl, Captain Ahab, and Odysseus have in common? They all may have shared a common variant of a gene for love...

Scripps Research study points to liver, not brain, as origin of...

LA JOLLA, CA -- March 3, 2011 -- Unexpected results from a Scripps Research Institute and ModGene, LLC study could completely alter scientists' ideas about Alzheimer's disease -- pointing to the liver instead of the brain as the source of the "am...

Researchers pinpoint genetic pathways involved in breast cancer

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Using recent advances in genomics, researchers have uncovered a genetic pathway that affects the development of breast cancer, work that could help predict which patients are at risk of relapse for the disease. By st...

Scientists identify susceptibility factor for bipolar disorder

A new study provides fascinating insight into the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, a highly heritable mood disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. The research, published by Cell Press online February 24 in the Americ...

Type 2 diabetes linked to single gene mutation in 1 in...

A multinational study has identified a key gene mutation responsible for type 2 diabetes in nearly 10 percent of patients of white European ancestry. The study, which originated in Italy and was validated at UCSF, found that defects in the HMGA1 g...

Protein and microRNA block cellular transition vital to metastasis

HOUSTON - Like a bounty hunter returning escapees to custody, a cancer-fighting gene converts organ cells that change into highly mobile stem cells back to their original, stationary state, researchers report online at Nature Cell Biology. ...

New study finds molecular mechanisms that control Rb2/p130 gene expression in...

Despite innumerable studies on lung cancer, many aspects of the disease have yet to be understood, including the role played by the retinoblastoma-related protein Rb2/p130 in the evolution of the disease. In a new study, researchers from the Sba...

Missing sugar molecule raises diabetes risk in humans

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego say an evolutionary gene mutation that occurred in human millions of years ago and our subsequent inability to produce a specific kind o...

Just like cars, developmental genes have more than 1 way to...

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- There's more than one way to silence gene activity, according to a Michigan State University researcher. Downregulating activity is how healthy genes should shift out of their development cycle. The results, published in t...

New research suggests that obesity and diabetes are a downside of...

As if the recent prediction that half of all Americans will have diabetes or pre-diabetes by the year 2020 isn't alarming enough, a new genetic discovery published online in the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) provides a disturbing explanation...

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