Antiviral Gene Vanquishes ZikaNews
It’s been known for years that humans and other mammals possess an antiviral gene called RSAD2 that prevents a remarkable range of viruses from multiplying. Now, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore, have discovered the secret to the gene’s success: The enzyme it codes for generates a compound that stops viruses from replicating. The newly discovered compound, described in today’s online edition of Nature, offers a novel approach for attacking many disease-causing viruses.
Discovery Advances Efforts to Prevent Spread of CancerNews
Newly identified gene targets could be key to preventing the spread of cancer, new University of Alberta research has shown.
Streaming Protocol Makes Gene Data Sharing Future-ProofNews
The Large Scale Genomics Work Stream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has announced eight new implementations of its htsget protocol, a standard released in October 2017 for accessing large-scale genomic sequencing data online that does not depend on file transfers. The protocol and interoperability testing are reported in a paper released online this week in the journal Bioinformatics.
Mechanism Controlling Multiple Sclerosis Risk IdentifiedNews
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now discovered a new mechanism of a major risk gene for multiple sclerosis (MS) that triggers disease through so-called epigenetic regulation. They also found a protective genetic variant that reduces the risk for MS through the same mechanism.
Genetic Analysis Adds Weight to Cannabis Strain Name ConcernsArticle
Inconsistent naming and labeling of cannabis strains continue to pose challenges for consumers and researchers alike.Read more
We're Not Prepared for the Genetic Revolution That's ComingArticle
New technologies are making genetic information (and the power to manipulate it) more widely available that ever before. What the public do with that information, and the effects of those actions, could be a defining theme of the 21st century.Read more
One Year on, Scientists Defend Canada’s Anti-Genetic Discrimination LawArticle
The Canadian Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA), introduced last May, made it illegal to require individuals to disclose genetic test results or to compel individuals to undergo genetic tests for any agreement or service. However, a subsequent legal challenge has prompted a robust defense of the act from scientists in the May issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).Read more
Metagenomics: Exploring Microbiomes at Nature’s New FrontiersArticle
Advances in sequencing technologies are providing scientists with a powerful way to view microbial communities in unprecedented detail. Metagenomics is a rapidly evolving field that is uncovering a wealth of hidden biodiversity, revolutionizing our understanding of uncharted corners in the living world.Read more
Tracking the Heritability of Cell StressArticle
As part of work recently published in Science Advances, a team of researchers from the Institute of Systems Biology at Yale University has built a microfluidic device to demonstrate that single cells preserve a memory of their mother's dynamic response to glucose limitation stress for multiple generations.Read more
The 3D Structure of Telomerase: Uncovering Its Role in Human DiseaseArticle
Researchers have published the first detailed picture and description of the 3-dimensional molecular structure of telomerase – a discovery that could enable better targeted drug screening and could result in more successful telomerase-related clinical therapeutics.Read more