Genetic Mutants? 5 Strange Science Facts About Moms

Many people will spend Mother's Day, this Sunday (May 11), celebrating the love, warmth and emotional support they get from their mothers. But did you know that many moms are also genetic mutants whose very brains altered in the process of motherhood? So this Mother's Day, we've rounded up some of the stranger scientific facts about motherhood

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New life engineered with artificial DNA

(CNN) – All of life as we know it on Earth — pigs, pandas, fish, bacteria and everything else — has genetic information encoded in the same way, with the same biological alphabet. Now, for the first time, scientists have shown it is possible to alter that alphabet and still have a living organism that passes on the genetic information

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Scientists say procedure can create new, complicated drugs

(CNN) – All of life as we know it on Earth — pigs, pandas, fish, bacteria and everything else — has genetic information encoded in the same way, with the same biological alphabet.

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Few women at high-risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer receive genetic counseling

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 8-May-2014 Contact: John Wallace wallacej@vcu.edu 804-628-1550 Virginia Commonwealth University Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes account for nearly 25 percent of hereditary breast cancers and most hereditary ovarian cancers, yet a study by cancer prevention and control researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggests an alarmingly small amount of women who qualify for BRCA genetic counseling actually receive the services.

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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results and Highlights Recent Period Activities

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Scientists Successfully Expand the Genetic Alphabet

Scientists have for the first time been able to build a organism containing a new, synthetic pair of DNA units, marking a breakthrough in the field of synthetic biology that has major implications for medicine.

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Genetic Disorders Partnering Terms and Agreements

LONDON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Genetic Disorders Partnering Terms and Agreements http://www.reportbuyer.com/pharma_healthcare/biotechnology/genetic_disorders_partnering_terms_agreements.html …

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UNIGE researchers get closer to unraveling mystery of sexual ambiguity

A team of researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has been involved in a thorough genetic investigation based on the case of a child suffering from the Nivelon-Nivelon-Mabille Syndrome, a complex condition characterised mainly by a sexual development disorder. Following a genome analysis of the patient and parents, the scientists, led by Serge Nef, Professor of the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development in the Faculty of Medicine, have identified not only the gene, but also the protein-producing mechanism, whose malfunctioning causes the syndrome in question.

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Alnylam Advances Development Candidate for ALN-AAT, a Subcutaneously Administered RNAi Therapeutic Targeting Alpha-1 …

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it is advancing its Development Candidate for ALN-AAT, an RNAi therapeutic targeting alpha-1 antitrypsin in development for the treatment of AAT deficiency-associated liver disease

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Genetic, environmental influences equally important risk for autism spectrum disorder

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 5-May-2014 Contact: Sid Dinsay sid.dinsay@mountsinai.org 212-241-9200 The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine In the largest family study on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, along with a research team from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm Sweden and King’s College in London found that individual risk of ASD and autistic disorder increased with greater genetic relatedness in families that is, persons with a sibling, half-sibling or cousin diagnosed with autism have an increased likelihood of developing ASD themselves.

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Genetic and Environmental Influences Are Equally Important Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Contact Information Available for logged-in reporters only Newswise In the largest family study on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, along with a research team from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm Sweden and Kings College in London found that individual risk of ASD and autistic disorder increased with greater genetic relatedness in families that is, persons with a sibling, half-sibling or cousin diagnosed with autism have an increased likelihood of developing ASD themselves. Furthermore, the research findings showed that environmental factors unique to the individual (birth complications, maternal infections, etc.) were more of a determinant for ASD than previously believed. The population-based, longitudinal study, titled “The Familial Risk of Autism,” was led by Abraham Reichenberg, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and was first published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association

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March of Dimes Awards $250,000 Prize to Scientist Who Discovered Genetic Mutations Responsible for Autism Spectrum …

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A pediatric neurologist whose breakthrough research identified genetic mutations that cause Rett syndrome and many other neurological disorders will receive the 2014 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology today. Huda Y.

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Welcome | Institute of Genetic Medicine

Johns Hopkins – School of Medicine More than a century ago, Baltimore merchant Johns Hopkins left behind $7 million after his death, along with a mandate that would change the face of medical education throughout the United States and beyond. The money should go to build a hospital and a university of the highest stature in the heart of Baltimore, Md., a place where all patients-rich or poor, black or white, male or female-could receive care.

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Breast cancer test made famous by Angelina Jolie now more affordable

by Andrea Lutz KTVB.COM Posted on May 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM Updated today at 11:04 PM BOISE — Modern medicine and early detection are helping women in the fight against breast cancer, but recently a decision in our nation’s highest court has made it easier to afford the cost of genetic cancer testing. The Saint Alphonsus Breast Cancer Center in Boise reports that one in 500 breast cancer cases women have what’s called the BRCA gene mutation. Saint Als Breast Surgeon Elizabeth Prier says knowledge of the BRCA gene has been around for the last decade, and identifying at-risk women has intesified in the last five years

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Prostate cancer and blood lipids share genetic links

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 30-Apr-2014 Contact: Scott LaFee slafee@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego Numerous studies have suggested a relationship between cardiovascular disease risk factors and prostate cancer. A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Norway, significantly refines the association, highlighting genetic risk factors associated with low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides as key players and identifying 17 related gene loci that make risk contributions to levels of these blood lipids and to prostate cancer The findings, published in the April 30, 2014 online issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology, provide new insights into the pathobiology of prostate cancer and may point to novel therapies to lower blood lipid levels that might help prevent prostate cancer the second most common cause of cancer death among American men

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Assurex Health Launches Comprehensive Genetic-Based Test to Help Clinicians Select Pain Medications for Patients

MASON, Ohio, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Assurex Health, Inc. today announced a significant expansion of its GeneSight Analgesic test.

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Hippocrates' ancient tree genetically 'fingerprinted'

London, April 30 (IANS) How would have Hippocrates reacted after seeing a DNA project that has identified the genetic fingerprint of the tree that served as one of medicine's earliest classrooms under his tutelage?

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