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

Biologists May Have Solved a 30-Year-Old Mystery on Why Touch Stresses Plants Out

Biologists May Have Solved a 30-Year-Old Mystery on Why Touch Stresses Plants Out

Scientists have long known that touching plants can set off a stress reaction in them – but until now it hasn’t been exactly clear how that worked at a molecular level, something that a new study hopes to shed light on. The researchers behind the study have identified certain genetic keys inside plants that lead … Read more

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for infants with epilepsy, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Neurology. The reduction in hospital stay time in babies with epilepsy who spent time in the NICU was not explained by changes in the episode of illness, … Read more

New research helps to better understand the basic biology of nerve cells

New research helps to better understand the basic biology of nerve cells

Scientists are starting to understand the precise workings of a type of gene that, unlike other genes, does not code for proteins – the building blocks of life. New research led by the University of Bath shows the mechanism by which genes coding for a subset of long non-coding RNA lncRNA interact with genes (to … Read more

Digging Deep: Is genetic recombination linked to expression of harmful traits?

Digging Deep: Is genetic recombination linked to expression of harmful traits?

Most mammals, including humans, are diploid. That is, nuclear DNA (nrDNA) exists as pairs of chromosomes (humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes, while mice have 20). This pair of chromosomes are homologous, in that the sequence of genes on both the chromosomes is the same. However, a gene that sits on a particular address (‘locus’) … Read more

Combinations of multiple genetic factors play a role in the broad spectrum of autism

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is referred to as a “spectrum” because clinical features of ASD range from mild social impairments in some people to severe intellectual disability or epilepsy in others. Genetic studies have offered clues, identifying genes associated with ASD, but despite finding many pieces to the puzzle, scientists have not yet figured out … Read more

Most synonymous genetic mutations are strongly harmful, study shows

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

In the early 1960s, University of Michigan alumnus Marshall Nirenberg and a few other scientists deciphered the genetic code of life, determining the rules by which information in DNA molecules are translated into proteins, the working parts of living cells. They identified three-letter units in DNA sequences, known as codons, that specify each of the … 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

Severe covid-19 symptoms linked to more than 1300 genetic variants

Severe covid-19 symptoms linked to more than 1300 genetic variants

Hundreds of genetic variants may influence your risk of becoming severely ill with covid-19, a discovery that could lead to more targeted treatments or even tests that assess a person’s likelihood of complications Health 14 June 2022 By Clare Wilson A genetic test in a laboratory Haydar Dogramaci/Getty Images More than 1000 genes may contribute … Read more

Scientists discover 15 additional genetic mutations linked to KCNK9 imprinting syndrome

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

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