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Category Archives: DNA

Continued funding needed for DNA lab – mySanAntonio.com

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 1:40 am

Express-News Editorial Board Photo: Jaime Dunaway /Associated Press Continued funding needed for DNA lab Reduced federal funding for the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification comes with serious national implications especially for smaller law enforcement agencies. The National Institute of Justice has diverted grant funding that used to go to labs analyzing DNA to identify missing people and the unidentified dead Continue reading

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Gene therapy using ‘junk DNA’ could lower risk for heart disease – UCLA Newsroom

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FINDINGS Scientists from UCLA and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute successfully used a gene that suppresses cholesterol levels as part of a treatment to reduce plaque in mice with a disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia. In a preclinical study, researchers found that the gene, LeXis, lowered cholesterol and blockages in the arteries, and the treatment appeared to reduce the build-up of fat in liver cells. Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited condition characterized by extremely high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (commonly referred to as bad cholesterol) and an increased risk of early heart disease Continue reading

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Two-thirds of Americans approve of editing human DNA to treat disease – The Verge

Posted: August 30, 2017 at 11:50 am

About two-thirds of Americans support the use of gene editing to treat diseases, according to a new survey. Continue reading

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With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten – The New … – New York Times

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These days, family secrets like this one are becoming harder to keep. A growing number of companies now offer DNA tests that promise to pinpoint a customers heritage and, with permission, to identify genetic relatives. Continue reading

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Fast-forward aging due to DNA damage – Phys.Org

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The nematode C. elegans is an important model organism for aging research Continue reading

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Coroner using dental records, DNA to identify bodies found in Missoula basement – The Missoulian

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A Missoula County coroner is still working to identify the bodies of a man and a woman found in the basement of a Missoula home on Aug. 17 during a murder investigation Continue reading

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Dark DNA Is Changing the Way We See Evolution – Big Think

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What allows the cuttlefish to camouflage itself so perfectly that it blends in with every nuance and contour of its environment? How come notothenioid fish of the Antarctic developed antifreeze proteins in their blood to survive the extreme temperatures? How is it the African Pyxie Frog can seal itself in a mucus membrane cocoon and hibernate for up to seven years, in order to wait out long droughts? Continue reading

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Scientists Try To Fight Crop Damage With An Invasive Moth’s Own … – NPR

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The destructive diamondback moth has spread across the world and mutated to become immune to each new chemical pesticide designed to slay it. Continue reading

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DNA leads Army to declare 3 Black Hawk crew members dead after crash – KHON2

Posted: August 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Related Coverage Three of five crew members on board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that crashed off Kaena Point during a night training mission earlier this month have been officially declared dead. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner declared 1st Lt. Kathryn M. Continue reading

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Warnings over shock dementia revelations from ancestry DNA tests – The Guardian

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People who use genetic tests to trace their ancestry only to discover that they are at risk of succumbing to an incurable illness are being left to suffer serious psychological problems. Dementia researchers say the problem is particularly acute for those found to be at risk of Alzheimers disease, which has no cure or effective treatment. Yet these people are stumbling upon their status inadvertently after trying to find their Viking, Asian or ancient Greek roots. Continue reading

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