Medical research

Against gut instinct

By turning a pathogenic yeast into an immunity-conferring symbiont, a team of A*STAR researchers is unraveling mysteries behind gut evolution and universal vaccines

Medical research

Natural gene therapy for intractable skin disease discovered

Pathogenic gene mutations causing a type of intractable skin disease can be eliminated from some parts of patients' skin as they age, according to Hokkaido University researchers and their collaborators in Japan. This represents ...

Genetics

New technique searches 'dark genome' for disease mutations

When doctors can't find a diagnosis for patient's disease, they turn to genetic detectives. Equipped with genomic sequencing technologies available for less than 10 years, these sleuths now routinely search through a patient's ...

Genetics

Spontaneous mutations in key brain gene are a cause of autism

Spontaneous mutations in the brain gene TBR1 disrupt the function of the encoded protein in children with severe autism. In addition, there is a direct link between TBR1 and FOXP2, a well-known language-related protein. These ...

Genetics

Healthy people carry disease-causing mitochondrial DNA mutations

(Medical Xpress)—For the first time, researchers have discovered that disease-causing mutations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are common in healthy individuals, according to a Cornell study published July 7 in the Proceedings ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

MRSA strain in humans originally came from cattle, research says

A strain of bacteria that causes skin and soft tissue infections in humans originally came from cattle, according to a study to be published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. ...

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