Genetics

Uk Working To Recover Some 400,000 Records Accidentally Deleted From Police Database In Tech Blunder

An error occurred earlier this month, when biometric evidence from thousands of arrest records, including fingerprints and DNA, were accidentally erased in a massive software glitch.
Related topics: Police, Databases, DNA

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Spinal Cord Injury Breakthrough Makes Paralyzed Mice Walk Again

Researchers from Germany use a designer protein to treat spinal cord damage in mice.The procedure employs gene therapy to regenerate damaged nerve fibers that carry signals to and from the brain.The scientists aim to eventually apply the technique...
Related topics: Brain Injury, Medical Research, Proteins

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Research Identifies Genetic Risk Factor For Stroke

A team of researchers has identified a common genetic variant as a risk factor for stroke, especially in patients older than 65.
Related topics: Medical Research, Stroke

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Als Study Reveals A Unique Population

The secrets long hidden in the DNA of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) living in Malta have been unlocked, according to a new study.
Related topics: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Medical Research, DNA

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Dna Origami Enables Fabricating Superconducting Nanowires

Researchers describe how to exploit DNA origami as a platform to build superconducting nanoarchitectures. The structures they built are addressable with nanometric precision that can be used as a template for 3D architectures that are not possible...
Related topics: DNA, Superconductors

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Exploration Of Toxic Tiger Rattlesnake Venom Advances Use Of Genetic Science Techniques

A team of researchers has decoded the genome of the Tiger Rattlesnake, which has venom 40 times more toxic than that of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes, the largest venomous snake in North America.

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11th-hour Deal Strips Fda Oversight Of Genetically Modified Animals

The Health and Human Services Department has agreed to an industry-backed plan to effectively strip the FDA of oversight of certain genetically modified animals — the latest instance of Trump political appointees overriding the agency's...
Related topics: Food And Drug Administration

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A New Coronavirus Mutation Is Spreading Quickly In California

The California Department of Public Health announced that it has found a new coronavirus mutation (L452R) that has been spreading rapidly throughout the state. First discovered in March 2020, the mutation arrived in California by early May....
Related topics: Medical Research

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Gene-editing 'scissor' Tool May Also Be A 'dimmer Switch'

In a series of experiments with laboratory-cultured bacteria, scientists have found evidence that there is a second role for the widely used gene-cutting system CRISPR-Cas9 -- as a genetic dimmer switch for CRISPR-Cas9 genes.

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Genetic Rewiring Behind Spectacular Evolutionary Explosion In East Africa

Genetic rewiring could have driven an evolutionary explosion in the shapes, sizes and adaptations of cichlid fish, in East Africa's answer to Darwin's Galapagos finches.

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Spinal Cord Cure Breakthrough Makes Paralyzed Mice Walk Again

Researchers from Germany use a designer protein to treat spinal cord damage in mice.The procedure employs gene therapy to regenerate damaged nerve fibers that carry signals to and from the brain.The scientists aim to eventually apply the technique...
Related topics: Medical Research, Proteins

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Kenyan Scientists Discover New Coronavirus Mutation

Kenyan scientists have raised an alarm on a coronavirus variant they say differs from the one spreading in South Africa and Britain.About 10 investigators from the Kenya Medical Research Institute, or KEMRI, discovered the mutation of the virus...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries

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Story Of Mammoth Survival Is In The Soil

Ancient DNA preserved in soil may rewrite what we thought about the Ice Age -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: DNA

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Biden Nominates Dr. Eric Lander As Cabinet-level Science Adviser, In U.s. First

Dr. Lander is a mathematician and geneticist who's best known for his leading role in the Human Genome Project.Biden nominated Dr. Lander to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy and also serve as a cabinet-level science adviser, marking...
Related topics: Joe Biden, Mathematics

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Cdc Warns Uk Coronavirus Mutation Might Be The Dominant Strain In The Us By March

The CDC modeled the transmission of the highly contagious UK coronavirus mutation and found the strain could become dominant by March, fueling another surge. The model took into account the current spread in the US, existing COVID-19 immunity in the...
Related topics: Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

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‘designer Baby’ Book Trilogy Explores The Moral Dilemmas Humans May Soon Create

A new sci-fi book series called "Genetic Pressure" explores the scientific and moral implications of a world with a burgeoning designer baby industry.It's currently illegal to implant genetically edited human embryos in most nations, but designer...

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Rapid Blood Test Identifies Covid-19 Patients At High Risk Of Severe Disease

Scientists have shown that a relatively simple and rapid blood test can predict which patients with COVID-19 are at highest risk of severe complications or death. The blood test measures levels of mitochondrial DNA, which normally resides inside the...
Related topics: Blood Test, DNA Test, DNA

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Artificial Intelligence Helps In The Search For New Antibiotics

With the search for new antibiotics becoming increasingly urgent, artificial intelligence offers valuable help. Smart software developed by Leiden Ph.D. candidate Alexander Kloosterman searched genomes of bacteria and found clusters of DNA that code...
Related topics: Antibiotics, DNA

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Small, Single-stranded Genetic Material May Account For Zoonotic Covid Transmission

A study led by researchers at University of Westminster shows that small single stranded genetic material may play a role in how COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) passes from animals to humans and why some animal carriers of the virus may show no symptoms while...
Related topics: Medical Research, Virus, Virology

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New Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer And Normal Cells From Single-cell...

In an effort to address a major challenge when analyzing large single-cell RNA-sequencing datasets, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a new computational technique to accurately differentiate between...

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