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Exercise changes the genetic identity of your muscle cells

New research may change the way we view our DNA and its ability to change. This could not only help improve the benefits of exercising, but also combat cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.



Genetic variant increases risk of common type stroke

A genetic variant that increases the risk of a common type of stroke has been identified by scientists in a study published online in Nature Genetics today. This is one of the few genetic variants to date to be associated with risk of stroke and the discovery opens up new possibilities for treatment.



Scientists find genetic key to why some cancer patients don't respond to treatment

Researchers from Newcastle University have identified a gene variation carried by 20 per cent of the population which can significantly affect how patients with a rare type of blood cancer will respond to treatment.



Optimal recognition of 'true' genetic differences

VIB scientists connected to the K U Leuven and the University of Antwerp describe in Nature Biotechnology a method that makes it possible to trace genetic variations in the DNA with a high degree of certainty when using short-read sequencing technologies by Complete Genomics and Illumina



Test kit identifies genetic risk of thrombosis

Astra Thrombosis kit detects three common mutations which disrupt the blood coagulation mechanism



Developments in data visualisation pave the way in genetic research

With such vast amounts of data to consider, it can be difficult for scientists to understand the true biological meaning of their research, says Carl-Johan Ivarsson. However, new data visualisation techniques are now making it much easier to uncover new and unexpected results



Genetic switch discovered that turns on pain

Researchers studied the mechanics of the pain gene known as substance-P - first shown to be involved in chronic inflammatory pain more than 30 years ago



Scientists unravel genetic risk of bowel cancer

The team showed that high levels of the eifh3 protein lead to the development of bowel cancer



Study backs screening men at higher genetic risk of prostate cancer

Men at higher risk of prostate cancer due to genetic changes may benefit from regular screening, according to preliminary results from the first multinational study



Genetic resistance to rice sheath blight

Agricultural Research Service scientists have identified sources of genetic resistance to sheath blight, a major disease affecting rice production worldwide.



Potential genetic factor in eating disorders

A groundbreaking pilot study found that influence of one’s genes on eating disorder symptoms was much greater in pubertal girls with higher levels of estradiol than pubertal girls with lower levels of estradiol.



Supplements induce stem cell genetic abnormalities

High doses of antioxidant nutritional supplements, such as vitamins C and E, can increase genetic abnormalities in cells, which may predispose supplement-takers to developing cancer, according to a new study.



Genetic secrets to jumping the species barrier

Understanding the genetics of the key interactions between viruses and hosts could provide insight to how some viruses manage to jump the species barrier and even give us a better idea of how animal diseases are generated.



Rewiring genetic switches

Researchers in Manchester have successfully carried out the first rewire of genetic switches, creating what could be a vital tool for the development of new drugs and even future gene therapies.



Genetic defect in myotonic muscular dystrophy

Research on the genetic defect that causes myotonic muscular dystrophy has revealed that the mutation disrupts an array of metabolic pathways in muscle cells through its effects on two key proteins.



Preserving the genetic diversity of rice

Domesticated rice is an important supply of the world's rice. However, these strains are genetically static and cannot adapt to changing growing conditions.



High-speed genetic sequencing

Faster sequencing of DNA holds enormous potential for biology and medicine, particularly for personalised diagnosis and customised treatment based on each individual's genomic makeup.



Genetic correlations with cardiovascular risk factors

Two indicators of liver function, glutamyl transferase and albumin have been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.



Interpreting genetic testing for long QT syndrome

Results of a long QT syndrome study published in the current issue of Circulation play an important role in understanding genetic testing's role in diagnosing disease



Genetic map for cowpea

Cowpea, a protein-rich legume crop, is immensely important in many parts of the world, particularly drought-prone regions of Africa and Asia, where it plays a central role in the diet and economy of hundreds of millions of people.



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