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How Finland’s Unique Genetic Heritage Is Being Used to Study the Links Between Genes and Diseases

How Finland’s Unique Genetic Heritage Is Being Used to Study the Links Between Genes and Diseases

How Finland’s Unique Genetic Heritage Is Being...

The unique genetic heritage of the Finns — marked by repeated population bottlenecks and isolation from their neighbors in northern Europe — is helping scientists embark on a search for the complex links between genes and diseases.  ...

An On/Off Switch for Genes: Meet Zinc Finger Transcription Factors

An On/Off Switch for Genes: Meet Zinc Finger Transcription Factors

An On/Off Switch for Genes: Meet Zinc Finger...

Scientists made a surprising discovery in 1985 while studying the African clawed frog. Along the frog’s DNA, they noticed elongated loops resembling fingers that tightly gripped tiny segments of genes. They soon learned that these “zinc fingers” (so called because they’re bound by a zinc ion) are...

How CRISPR Helps Find the Genetic ‘Needle in a Haystack’ of Diseases

How CRISPR Helps Find the Genetic ‘Needle in a Haystack’ of Diseases

How CRISPR Helps Find the Genetic ‘Needle in a...

CRISPR is best known as a powerful gene editing tool, but it’s also helping scientists search for the genetic sources of certain diseases. ...

Hiding In The Crowd: Designing Therapies To Evade Immune Detection

Hiding In The Crowd: Designing Therapies To Evade Immune Detection

Hiding In The Crowd: Designing Therapies To...

Using computer modeling and DNA sequencing, scientists are building better biologic medicines that are potentially invisible to the immune system. ...

International Project to Help Detect a Liver Disease Called NASH Gets $35M Boost

International Project to Help Detect a Liver Disease Called NASH Gets $35M Boost

International Project to Help Detect a Liver...

Imagine if the only way to know whether you have diabetes was for a doctor to take a biopsy of your pancreas, rather than being able to check your glucose levels using a simple blood test. ...

What Does Science Have to Say About Your Resolutions?

What Does Science Have to Say About Your Resolutions?

What Does Science Have to Say About Your...

It’s time to drop bad habits and pick up healthy new ones for the year ahead. For inspiration, here are some scientific insights into exercise, body fat, coffee and alcohol. ...

Treating Cancer by Using Epigenetics, the ‘Software’ of Our Genes

Treating Cancer by Using Epigenetics, the ‘Software’ of Our Genes

Treating Cancer by Using Epigenetics, the ...

All of our cells possess the same set of DNA. So, why is it that some cells turn into skin cells while other cells turn into lung cells — and still other cells go rogue and turn into cancer cells? ...

The Search for a ‘Liquid Biopsy’ and Other Advances to Diagnose Cancer

The Search for a ‘Liquid Biopsy’ and Other Advances to Diagnose Cancer

The Search for a ‘Liquid Biopsy’ and Other...

A liquid biopsy — a technology that attempts to diagnose a disease through a blood sample rather than by using a tissue sample collected through a traditional biopsy — is just one technology being explored to make cancer diagnosis faster and less invasive. ...

Metabolism and Immunology: Using Lessons From Metabolic Diseases to Treat Autoimmune Disorders

Metabolism and Immunology: Using Lessons From Metabolic Diseases to Treat Autoimmune Disorders

Metabolism and Immunology: Using Lessons From...

By regulating the metabolism of immune cells, researchers are uncovering novel ways to suppress inflammation and treat autoimmune diseases. ...

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