News tagged with molecular genetics

Opioid dependence plays role in chronic pain

The bodies of mammals, including humans, respond to injury by releasing endogenous opioids—compounds that mitigate acute pain. A team of researchers led by those at the University of Kentucky has uncovered groundbreaking ...

Sep 19, 2013
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Shining light on neurodegenerative pathway

University of Adelaide researchers have identified a likely molecular pathway that causes a group of untreatable neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.

Sep 18, 2013
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New genetic clue to anorexia

The largest DNA-sequencing study of anorexia nervosa has linked the eating disorder to variants in a gene coding for an enzyme that regulates cholesterol metabolism. The finding suggests that anorexia could be caused in part ...

Sep 11, 2013
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Inner-ear disorders may cause hyperactivity

Behavioral abnormalities are traditionally thought to originate in the brain. But a new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has found that inner-ear dysfunction can directly cause ...

Sep 05, 2013
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Rapid recall to fight familiar foes

The immune system's first encounter with a potential threat is a valuable learning experience. Through a process of genetic recombination, our immune B cells can potentially produce a wide array of B cell ...

Aug 23, 2013
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