Genetics

New screening test for those at risk of sudden cardiac arrest

New research from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute will allow families around the world to discover if they are carrying genetic mutations that cause sudden cardiac arrest—a condition that kills 9 out of 10 victims.

Genetics

A subtle genetic change gives new clues about epilepsy

Sometimes, even the alteration of a single nucleotide in a gene can cause serious disease. In a young boy with epilepsy, this kind of mutation has not just affected the functioning of the protein in question—it could also ...

Medical research

A Nobel Prize-worthy question: How do we sense heat, cold, touch?

For centuries, understanding the basis for how we detect, process and react to light, sound, temperature, pressure and other environmental signals has been a scientific focus. Science has advanced, and new understanding at ...

Genetics

The surprising twist behind a rare neurological disorder

A fruit fly study, by an international group of researchers, has pinpointed how a genetic mutation causes one of the important molecular machines in our cells to malfunction. The findings provide a biological mechanism behind ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Ion channel regulates molecule that contributes to COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—COPD for short—is one of the most common diseases of the lung. It affects almost 300 million people worldwide, of which about three million die every year. A collective term for chronic ...

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