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Virulence gene superfamily

A research team has identified an enormous superfamily of pathogen genes involved in the infection of plants.

Mitosis gets harder

A biological process taught to every pupil studying GCSE science has just become a little more complicated thanks to a new discovery.

Alcohol damages DNA

Reshaping of the DNA scaffolding that supports and controls the expression of genes in the brain may play a major role in the alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Stress response variability

Inherited variations in the amount of an innate anxiety-reducing molecule help explain why some people can withstand stress better than others.

Fungal multidrug resistance

Researchers have identified a mechanism controlling multidrug resistance in fungi and could help advance treatments for opportunistic fungal...

Molecular evolution of influenza

Fujian Center for Disease Control & Prevention, China, reported the molecular evolution of influenza A (H3N2) viruses in Fujian Province, south of China during the period 1996-2004.

Development of a model for marburg virus

The filoviruses, Ebola (EBOV) and Marburg (MARV), cause a lethal hemorrhagic fever.

Viral genome sequencing

Most emerging health threats are of zoonotic origin. For the overwhelming majority, their causative agents are RNA viruses which include but are not limited to HIV, SARS, Ebola, and Dengue.

Diseases share genes

Scientists have identified six new genes which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, and among the group is a prostate cancer gene.

Aiding drug discovery

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development - but this may now change.

Genes in action

Researchers describe the development of gene probe eye drops that make it possible to monitor and detect tissue repair in the brain of living organisms using MRI.

Vaccine for Ebola virus

An international team of researchers has successfully tested several Ebola vaccines in primates and are now looking to adapt them for human...

Software processes mountains of genome data

New software is one of a new breed of computer programs able to accurately process the mountains of genome data flowing from the latest generation of gene decoding machines

Brain development

Scientists have identified a gene that, in mice, is critical for these stem cells to divide correctly. Without it, they fail and die.

Stroke brain cell damage

Researchers have identified a key player in the killing of brain cells after a stroke or a seizure - the protein asparagine endopeptidase.

Numbers not enough

Researchers are not contradicting the theory that it is possible to demonstrate signal transfer in proteins using statistical methods.

Blood test replacement

One day soon patients may spit in a cup, instead of bracing for a needle prick, when being tested for cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

Virus detection and identification

PCR-based detection and identification of viruses assumes a known, relatively stable genome.

Genotyping of Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis

Anthrax and plague bacteria are etiological agents for worldwide zoonotic diseases and are considered among the most feared potential bioterror agents.

Microbial evolution

A mathematical approach for analysing a protein simultaneously in a set of ecologically distinct species to identify occurrences of natural selection has been developed.

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