Genetics & Molecular Biology

Greatest Lupus Genetic Risk Factor Pathway Revealed

The molecular mechanism that drives the disease-causing effects of the most common genetic risk factor for lupus,  HLA-DRB1*03:01, has been revealed in a new study. Systemic lupus erythematosus is a common, incurable autoimmune disease that affects million ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 18 2022 - 6:33am

Biologic From Reengineered Human Skin Cells As COVID-19 Therapy

Few treatments exist for COVID-19 and the ones that do primarily focus solely on preventing the virus from replicating. A new potential treatment inhibits replication but also protects or repairs tissue, which is important because COVID-19 can cause sympto ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 23 2022 - 9:50am

Being A Great Drummer May Be Genetic

'Keeping time' is easy for humans, but not all can keep time equally. Some great drummers, and even more guitarists, use a device like a metronome to keep them on a precise beat, while others seem to do it effortlessly. A new study finds human ca ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 19 2022 - 11:40am

Gene Editing Can Now Be Done Inside The Body

Crispr-Cas9 genome editing is one of ...

Article - Mark Pierce - Oct 18 2022 - 6:06pm

Zafirlukast: Myristoylglycine Metabolite Research May Pave The Way To Convert White Fat Cells To Brown

A metabolite that converts white fat cells (sometimes called “bad” fat) to brown fat (“good” fat) cells could lead to treatment metabolic conditions like cardiovascular disease plus lifestyle-preventable things like type 2 diabetes. Obesity is best treated ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 19 2022 - 9:52am

The Genetic Drivers Of Longevity In Mice, Humans And Worms

Since the dawn of civilization, people have searched for the secret to long life. ...

Article - Mark Pierce - Oct 21 2022 - 8:30am

I Made Smirnoff Vodka Concede Its Non-GMO Label Is Just A Marketing Gimmick

Smirnoff, the vodka brand owned by Diageo of Great Britain, recently undertook an ad campaign starring celebrities Ted Danson and Jenna Fischer touting how they are gluten-free and non-GMO. Wow, healthy vodka. Who knew that was possible? ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 27 2022 - 9:59am

Syn3: This Synthetic Bacteria Is The Smallest Mobile Lifeform Ever (Artificially) Created

To help try and understand the evolution and origins of cell motility, researchers have created the smallest mobile lifeform ever.  Scientists introduced seven proteins, believed to be directly involved in allowing Spiroplasma bacteria to swim into a synth ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 30 2022 - 4:37pm

Phages: Scientists Create New Natural Weapon Against Bacterial Contamination And Infection

A new process uses harmless viruses that eat bacteria to form microscopic beads that can safely be applied to food and other materials to rid them of harmful pathogens such as E. coli. Though tiny, each bead is about one third the width of human hair, the ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Dec 7 2022 - 9:40am

Diet And Disease: Trying To Predict Effects Of Nutrients On Cancer Cells

Food is not medicine, anyone claiming it is medicine is selling you something, like a diet plan, but nutrients can impact cancer cells. How that applies consistently is unknown so a new tool hopes to create an exploratory method using mice. Mice don't ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2023 - 9:32am