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

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

Scientists identify new genetic disease that delays children’s intellectual development

Scientists identify new genetic disease that delays children’s intellectual development

Scientists have identified a new genetic disease, which causes some children’s brains to develop abnormally, resulting in delayed intellectual development. The majority of patients with the condition, that is so new it doesn’t have a name yet, have severe learning difficulties which affect their quality of life. An international team of researchers from the universities … Read more

Most synonymous genetic mutations are strongly harmful, study shows

Most synonymous genetic mutations are strongly harmful, study shows

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

Scientists discover 15 additional genetic mutations linked to KCNK9 imprinting syndrome

Most synonymous genetic mutations are strongly harmful, study shows

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