human diseases

Proteins’ absence causes diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis


September 10th, 2012 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 10 (IANS) The absence of related protein molecules, Puma and Bin, prompts immune cells to turn against human organs they are meant to protect and cause type-1 diabets ... Read more...

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‘Bacterial rope, DNA chips to shape Indian biotech scene’


September 4th, 2012 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Sep 4 (IANS)Material like bacterial rope and DNA chips will shape up the 2050 scene as the Indian biotechnology sector leapfrogs into the future, eminent scientist Pushpa M. Bhargava ... Read more...

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Humans are cancer prone, but chimps are not


August 24th, 2012 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 24 (IANS) Chimps and humans share a whopping 96 percent genetic similarity -- surprisingly the simians rarely develop cancer, while their human cousins are particulalry vulnerable.Georgia Tech's Soojin ... Read more...

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Household chemicals ‘causing cancer, reducing fertility’


May 11th, 2012 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 11 (IANS) Chemicals found in household products may be contributing to rising incidence of cancer, reduced fertility and obesity, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned.EEA warned that ... Read more...

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World’s first handmade cloned sheep produced in China


April 20th, 2012 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, April 20 (IANS) Chinese scientists in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have produced the world's first transgenic sheep with a simplified technique of Handmade Cloning. The project, completed March ... Read more...

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Cancer-causing H. pylori bug spurs cell death


November 2nd, 2011 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 2 (IANS) Researchers have figured out how cancer-causing bug H. pylori, which infects half the world's population, attacks a cell's innards, causing it to die by self-destructing.The finding ... Read more...

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Chinese scientist wins US award for malaria drug


September 15th, 2011 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Sep 15 (IANS) A Chinese scientist has won a prestigious award in the US for her discovery of a new drug therapy for treatment of malaria.Pharmacologist Tu Youyou, 81, ... Read more...

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Baker’s yeast protects against fatal diseases


August 10th, 2011 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 10 (IANS) Simple baker's yeast can keep at bay fatal fungal infection like aspergillosis which can cause kidney and liver failure, says a new study. Aspergillosis is the ... Read more...

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Now, a dog that glows in the dark


July 30th, 2011 - 12:23 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 30 (IANS) South Korean scientists have created a dog that glows fluorescent green under ultraviolet light after antibiotic drugs are put in its food.The dog named Tagon - ... Read more...

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Antibiotic resistance spreads rapidly between bacteria: Study


April 12th, 2011 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 12 (ANI): A research team at the University of Gothenburg in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology has indicated that the part of bacterial DNA that often carries antibiotic resistance ... Read more...

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Finding paves way for new personalized treatments to target inflammation


April 5th, 2011 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 05 (ANI): Researchers have found a way of mimicking the body's natural mechanism of fighting inflammation.During inflammation cells release very small particles termed 'microparticles' that retain features of their parent ... Read more...

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Why it is difficult to produce large numbers of same type cells in lab


April 1st, 2011 - 7:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 01 (ANI): Researchers have provided another piece in the puzzle of why it can be so hard to produce large numbers of the same type of cell in the lab ... Read more...

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Newly identified spider toxin may help treat pain, human diseases


March 10th, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 10 (ANI): Researchers from the University of California have discovered that a newly identified spider toxin may help uncover novel ways of treating pain and human diseases.Spider venom toxins are ... Read more...

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Major selective sweeps did not drive human evolution, says study


February 18th, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 18 (ANI): A new study has found that selective sweeps, which were thought to drive human evolution, may not have done so. In fact, such events may have been rare, ... Read more...

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‘Water flea’ important indicator of environmental contamination


February 4th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): A study has said that 'water fleas' could be indicators of environmental toxins and pollutants.Daphnia pulex is the first crustacean to have its complete genome sequenced by members ... Read more...

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Antibiotic paves way for novel anti-cancer agents


January 29th, 2011 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 29 (ANI): Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have reported that an antibiotic known for its immunosuppressive functions could also point the way to the development of new ... Read more...

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Groundbreaking technology to detect Alzheimer’s developed


January 7th, 2011 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 07 (ANI): A novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer's disease in patients' blood samples has been developed by the scientists from ... Read more...

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Indian American cancer specialist’s book in Time’s “Top 10 Nonfiction Books”


December 14th, 2010 - 12:37 pm ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Indian American cancer specialist Siddhartha Mukherjee's book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" has notched yet another success with the Time magazine rating ... Read more...

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New discovery could shrink dengue-spreading mosquito population


December 3rd, 2010 - 2:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 3 (ANI): University of California researchers have identified a microRNA in female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that when deactivated disrupts the mosquito's blood digestion and egg development.The discovery could help control ... Read more...

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Genetically engineered monkey could lead to Alzheimer’s cure


October 31st, 2010 - 9:23 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Oct 31 (IANS) Scientists in China have bred the country's first genetically engineered rhesus monkey, a step that could speed up the development of cures for diseases ranging from cancer to ... Read more...

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How dietary supplement could block cancer cells


June 30th, 2010 - 5:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 30 (ANI): Scientists have found how a substance, which is produced when eating broccoli and Brussels sprouts, can block the proliferation of cancer cells.Researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive ... Read more...

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‘Jumping genes’ make up roughly half of the human genome


June 25th, 2010 - 4:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 25 (ANI): Geneticists have revealed that Transposons or 'jumping genes', which create genomic instability and are implicated in cancer and other diseases, make up roughly half of the human genome."Now ... Read more...

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Genetically modified ’sick pigs’ created to cure human diseases


June 17th, 2010 - 3:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 17 (ANI): Scottish scientists, who created Dolly the cloned sheep, have now produced pigs that are genetically modified to suffer from incurable human diseases - so they can be used ... Read more...

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New discovery may help explain how cancer cells spread


June 1st, 2010 - 1:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 1 (ANI): Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have identified a novel enzyme that they believe plays a major role in the progression or metastasis of cancer cells.The ... Read more...

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Breakthrough in stem cell culture, holds hope for cures


June 1st, 2010 - 12:11 am ICT by IANS
London, May 31 (IANS) For the first time, human embryonic stem cells have been cultured under chemically controlled conditions without the use of animal proteins, paving the way for harvesting large quantities ... Read more...

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Novel sperm stem-cell technique helps produce genetically modified rats


May 28th, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 28 (ANI): Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have used a novel sperm stem-cell technique to produce genetically modified rats.For 20 years, the laboratory mouse has been the workhorse of ... Read more...

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Sequencing of frog genome may offer new insights into human diseases


May 7th, 2010 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 7 (ANI): An international team of researchers has cracked the genetic code of an amphibian, the African clawed frog Xenopus tropicali - the latest research aimed at understanding how genes ... Read more...

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Inbreeding may have caused Darwin family ills


May 5th, 2010 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 5 (IANS) Charles Darwin's worries about possible adverse effects of inbreeding in his family seem to have been justified, says a new study. Darwin married his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, and ... Read more...

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Human and frogs share the ‘kissing cousin’ bond


April 30th, 2010 - 3:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 30 (ANI): An international team of researchers has cracked the genetic code of an amphibian, the African clawed frog Xenopus tropicali - the latest research aimed at understanding how genes ... Read more...

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Scientists use zebrafish to study Parkinson’s disease


April 23rd, 2010 - 4:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington April 23 (ANI): Scientists have recently developed a zebrafish model for Parkinson's disease that can be used for understanding the mechanism underlying its development.The knowledge gained will be helpful for ... Read more...

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Scientists to inject human genes into goats, cows, and sheep


April 16th, 2010 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Wellington, Apr 16 (ANI): Scientists have been granted approval to continue genetic engineering research on goats, sheep and cattle, using human DNA, to see if the animals will produce human proteins in ... Read more...

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Scientists discover new genes for cancer, other diseases in plants, yeast and worms


April 14th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 14 (ANI): While studying the genomes of organisms as diverse as plants, worms and yeast, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin discovered new genes responsible for causing human ... Read more...

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Possible onset mechanism for multiple sclerosis discovered


February 27th, 2010 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 27 (ANI): Researchers from the Catholic University of Rome have identified a possible onset mechanism for multiple sclerosis.A non-pathogenic bacterium is capable to trigger an autoimmune disease similar to the ... Read more...

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Junk DNA could provide vital clues to heart disease


February 22nd, 2010 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI
Normal 0London, February 22 (ANI): Scientists have linked a region of junk DNA, the 98 per cent or so of the genome that does not code for proteins, to the ... Read more...

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Dramatic rise in genetic information about diseases


February 20th, 2010 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 20 (IANS) Scientists have dramatically expanded the volume of genetic information about complex human diseases and their potential treatment. A team of researchers from Children's Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research ... Read more...

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