Genomic & Biopharma News

Gas sensors 'see' through soil to analyze microbial interactions
Researchers use programmed bacteria as gas sensors that help them 'see' into soil to learn about the behavior of the microbial communities within.
ScienceDaily, 2016-07-18 17:32:16

Proteins team up to turn on T cells
Scientists are learning how cells make the decision to become T cells.
ScienceDaily, 2016-07-15 22:19:15

GAGA may be the secret of the sexes, at least in insects
Without simple repeating sequences of the DNA 'letters' GA on the X chromosome, distinct genders could never have evolved, at least in flies and mosquitoes, report scientists.
ScienceDaily, 2016-07-14 19:14:12

Modeling predicts which counties could store more carbon in soil by growing bioenergy crops
To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers are using computational modeling to predict which counties could see increases in soil organic carbon from cultivation of crops for biofuels.
ScienceDaily, 2016-07-13 15:52:18

Selfish mitochondria implicated in a variety of diseases
A research team has identified some of the methods that allow mutant mitochondrial DNA to act selfishly by circumventing the molecular mechanisms that cells use to regulate mitochondrial activity.
ScienceDaily, 2016-07-12 17:01:09

Researchers advance treatment possibilities for Gaucher, Parkinson's
Bethesda, Md., Mon., July 12, 2016 - NIH researchers have identified and tested a molecule that shows promise as a possible treatment for the rare Gaucher disease and the more common Parkinson's disease. These findings demonstrate how insights from a rare disorder can have direct relevance to the treatment of more common disorders. The findings were published July 12, 2016 in The Journal of Neuroscience.
National Human Genome Research Institute, 2016-07-12 17:00:00

Stem cells feel the force
Scientists have gained new insights into how stem cells feel and respond to external mechanical forces by changing the way DNA is organized in the nucleus, and thereby the expression of genes that are required for stem cell differentiation.
ScienceDaily, 2016-07-12 15:02:49

Media Availability: Genetics of type 2 diabetes revealed in unprecedented detail
Bethesda, Md., Mon., July 11, 2016 - A comprehensive investigation of the underlying genetic architecture of type 2 diabetes has unveiled the most detailed look at the genetic differences that increase a person's risk for disease development. The findings, published July 11 in the journal Nature, reveal the complexity of the disease in more detail than previously appreciated and also identify several promising targets for new treatments.
National Human Genome Research Institute, 2016-07-11 17:00:00

Researchers harness DNA as the engine of super-efficient nanomachine
Researchers have established a way to harness DNA as the engine of a microscopic 'machine' they can turn on to detect trace amounts of substances that range from viruses and bacteria to cocaine and metals.
ScienceDaily, 2016-07-07 12:30:11