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Huntington's Disease Mutation Impairs Protein Needed for Cell Motility
News   Apr 04, 2019

Changes in Rac1 activity could affect the structure, motility and connectivity of neurons in people with Huntington's Disease.

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New Gene Editing Technique Cuts DNA in Areas Inaccessible by CRISPR
News   Apr 04, 2019

Researchers, including one who was inspired by the cancer death of a close friend, have developed a new technology that could change how gene editing is approached in the future.

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How Male Haters Spread
News   Apr 03, 2019

Genetic analysis of the symbiotic bacterium Wolbachia, that prevents the birth and development of males in different species of arthropods, showed that the microorganisms exchanged their genes to rejuvenate.

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“Depression Gene” Hypothesis Is Debunked
News   Apr 03, 2019

A new study assessing genetic and survey data from 620,000 individuals found that the 18 most highly-studied candidate genes for depression are actually no more associated with it than randomly chosen genes.

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New Mouse Model Replicates Rare Neurological Disease
News   Apr 03, 2019

A new mouse model for the rare neurological disorder Joubert Syndrome has been developed by scientists who hope it will accelerate research to understand how the disease develops as well as help develop and evaluate therapeutic approaches.

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Genetic Drivers of Heavy Drinking and Alcoholism
News   Apr 03, 2019

A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people revealed new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD), the uncontrollable pattern of alcohol use commonly referred to as alcoholism.

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Building With DNA “Lego”
News   Apr 03, 2019

Scientists have created a three-dimensional cage from both protein and DNA building blocks through the use of covalent protein-DNA conjugates.

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Long-held Misconception of White Blood Cell Trafficking to Spleen Corrected
News   Apr 03, 2019

Contrary to prior belief, the white blood cells enter the spleen primarily via vessels in the red pulp. The research results change thoroughly our perception of the spleen producing antibodies vital for the human body.

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Backtracking for Accurate Gene Transcription
News   Apr 03, 2019

Scientists from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have recently uncovered the mechanisms of how RNA polymerase II performs intrinsic cleavage reaction to proofread RNA transcriptions, shedding light on how mis-regulation of accurate transcription can lead to diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Crop Yield in Maize Influenced by Unexpected Gene “Moonlighting”
News   Apr 02, 2019

Researchers have identified a relationship between crop yield in the maize plant and specific genetic activity associated with one of the plant's metabolic pathways.

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