Study identifies critical genes and biological pathways related to COVID-19 myocarditis

Study identifies critical genes and biological pathways related to COVID-19 myocarditis

Scientists from China have recently deciphered the genetic network and biological mechanisms associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) myocarditis using bioinformatic methods. They have published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE. Study: Identification of critical genes and molecular pathways in COVID-19 myocarditis and constructing gene regulatory networks by bioinformatic analysis. Image Credit: Lightspring/Shutterstock Background … Read more

Researchers develop new chemistry on natural compounds to obtain a therapeutic agent for treating leukemia

Researchers develop new chemistry on natural compounds to obtain a therapeutic agent for treating leukemia

Natural compounds often have promising therapeutic potential but their use to treat diseases that are hampered due to toxicity or non-desirable effects. Now, a new study led by Gonçalo Bernardes, group leader at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM; Portugal) and Professor at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK), and Gonzalo Jiménez-Osés, … Read more

‘This is the future of medicine’: Center for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine CEO Michael May on bringing Canada’s life science discoveries to the market

‘This is the future of medicine’: Center for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine CEO Michael May on bringing Canada’s life science discoveries to the market

Canada’s mark on the world of stem cell research goes back 60 years to James Till and Ernest McCulloch, two scientists who discovered these miraculous cells. Stem cells are capable of dividing into a multitude of different cell types — a boon for medical science. Unfortunately, life science companies in Canada have found it difficult … Read more

Researchers discover specific genetic signals in people who develop severe COVID-19

Researchers discover specific genetic signals in people who develop severe COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Stanford University in the US have discovered there are specific genetic signals in people who develop severe coronavirus infection. It is known that age, body mass index and pre-existing health problems account for some of the disparities, but genetics also play a significant role. This pioneering research aimed … Read more

Scientists discover 15 additional genetic mutations linked to KCNK9 imprinting syndrome

Scientists discover 15 additional genetic mutations linked to KCNK9 imprinting syndrome

A collaborative team of scientists led by Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine has discovered 15 additional genetic mutations in the KCNK9 gene that cause a neurodevelopmental syndrome. Symptoms of the disorder range from speech and motor impairment to behavioral abnormalities, intellectual disability and distinctive facial features. “Until now, only one genetic alteration in the … Read more

Genetic discovery may pave the way to new diagnostic approaches, treatments for motor neurone diseases

Genetic discovery may pave the way to new diagnostic approaches, treatments for motor neurone diseases

A new genetic discovery adds weight to a theory that motor neurone degenerative diseases are caused by abnormal lipid (fat) processing pathways inside brain cells. This theory will help pave the way to new diagnostic approaches and treatments for this group of conditions. The discovery will provide answers for certain families who had previously had … Read more