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The international trade in elephant ivory has been illegal since 1989, yet African elephant numbers continue to decline. A study reports that DNA test results of ivory seizures made by law enforcement have linked multiple ivory shipments to the same network of dealers operating out of a handful of African ports.READ MORE
A large genomic analysis has linked certain DNA mutations to a high risk of relapse in estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, while other mutations were associated with better outcomes, according to researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of British Columbia.READ MORE
For most people, pain eventually fades away as an injury heals. But for others, the pain persists beyond the initial healing and becomes chronic, hanging on for weeks, months, or even years. Now, we may have uncovered an answer to help explain why: subtle differences in a gene that controls how the body responds to stress.
A new method has made it possible to identify twenty-five parallel mutations located in genes associated with wound healing, blood coagulation and cardiovascular disorders, advancing research into new drugs to treat ageing-related disease.READ MORE
An analysis of the genomes of a half-million people reveals potential genes behind a common intestinal disorder — and could inform future treatment.
A newly-developed computational framework for drug discovery has been used to identify a therapeutic target for epilepsy.READ MORE
Asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and collaborators.
Scientists found that AP2-G is the master switch in the parasite that controls a pattern of gene expression essential for the parasite to successfully infect mosquitoes. These findings highlight a potential new target for approaches that, with further research and investigation, may unlock a new potential way to prevent the spread of this devastating disease.READ MORE