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Gene linked to congenital heart defect found


December 7th, 2010 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 7 (ANI): New treatment for congenital heart defects may be on its way as Princeton researchers have identified the gene that can cause the birth defect.The newly discovered gene, called ... Read more...

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Fruit fly study sheds light on brain development and diseases


November 13th, 2010 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 13 (ANI): Scientists have identified a new genetic marker that makes fruit fly a better model for brain development and diseases.The human brain is composed of 100 billion individual nerve ... Read more...

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‘Glowing’ plant cells that could control cell growth, death


November 1st, 2010 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 01 (ANI): Researchers have genetically inserted proteins from plants into mammalian cells, which glow when exposed to blue light - resulting in a novel 'on-off switch' that could be used ... Read more...

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Complexity ‘allows organisms to adapt to environmental change’


September 28th, 2010 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): A new study has revealed that instead of decreasing an organism's ability to adapt to environmental changes, complexity in fact boosts it.University of Michigan and Taiwan's National Health ... 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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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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How specific odours alter an organism’s lifespan


April 21st, 2010 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 21 (ANI): Specific odours that represent food or indicate danger trigger a small number of highly specialized sensory neurons that can alter an animal's lifespan and physiological profile, according to ... Read more...

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Yeast cells decide whether to have sex with each other within 2mins of meeting


April 19th, 2010 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 19 (ANI): Yeast cells can decide to mate within two minutes of meeting each other, a new research has found.According to one of the authors of the study, from Imperial ... Read more...

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Protein inhibits aging in fruit flies


March 5th, 2010 - 4:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 5 (ANI): Scientists in the US have identified a protein called Sestrin that serves as a natural inhibitor of aging and age-related pathologies in fruit flies.Researchers at the University of ... Read more...

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Drunk fruit flies may provide alcoholism cure


November 4th, 2009 - 12:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 4 (ANI): With the help of drunken fruit flies, scientists have identified entire networks of genes-also found in humans-that play a key role in alcohol drinking behaviour.Researchers from North ... Read more...

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Genetic “switch” that makes fruit flies alcohol tolerant identified


October 22nd, 2009 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 22 (ANI): Fruit flies have a genetic "switch" that makes them more tolerant to alcohol, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.This metabolic switch also has implications for the ... Read more...

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Largest orb-weaving spider discovered in South Africa


October 21st, 2009 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 21 (ANI): Scientists from the United States and Slovenia have discovered the largest orb-weaving spider in South Africa.The spider belongs to the Nephila species, and researchers have shown that on ... Read more...

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Global warming threatens existence of tropical species


August 26th, 2009 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 26 (ANI): A new research has determined that global warming threatens the existence of tropical species, the ecosystem and its by-products.The research was done by herpetologist Laurie Vitt, curator ... Read more...

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‘Happy hour’ gene may help boozers stay away from alcohol


May 22nd, 2009 - 12:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 22 (ANI): A newly identified gene, dubbed happyhour, controls fruit flies' response to booze. Researchers now claim that drugs mimicking the effects of the gene may offer a new treatment ... Read more...

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”Junk” DNA distinguishes humans from other species


November 5th, 2008 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 5 (ANI): What was earlier considered to be "junk" DNA has now been found to be an important ingredient distinguishing humans from other species, say scientists at the Genome ... Read more...

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Humans owe their identity to ‘junk’ DNA


November 5th, 2008 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 5 (IANS) What had been described by scientists as "junk" DNA is what gives humans their distinct identity. More than 50 percent of human DNA are copies of nearly identical ... Read more...

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Yeast mutates in a distinctly different pattern than C. elegans


June 20th, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 20 (ANI): A collaborative study on mutations in yeast has yielded significant findings that may help improve scientists understanding of the role evolutionary genetics play in human diseases and ... Read more...

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New technique eases targeting individual genes for inactivation


May 28th, 2008 - 2:42 pm ICT by admin
London, May 28 (ANI): In what may have broad implications for genetic research, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have developed a new technique that can improve their ... Read more...

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Fungi may help unravel the origin of sex chromosomes


March 18th, 2008 - 1:02 pm ICT by admin
Washington, March 18 (ANI): Swedish researchers have found that there are striking similarities between the parts of DNA that determine mating types in certain fungi and the parts of DNA that ... Read more...

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Scientists demonstrate how regulation of genes governs metabolism


February 24th, 2008 - 1:35 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Feb 24 (ANI): Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) are working towards showing that gene-regulatory network governs fundamental life processes, including metabolism.The study, performed on simple model organisms like yeast ... Read more...

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Bipolar disease drug dramatically increases lifespan in worms


November 14th, 2007 - 8:09 am ICT by admin
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