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MiMIC proves versatile tool for fruit fly research
Articles / Genetics

MiMIC proves versatile tool for fruit fly research

    By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. The “Swiss Army Knife” of the fruit fly laboratory – dubbed MiMIC (Minos-mediated integration cassette) – provided the basis for building a large protein collection that allows researchers to assess expression of genes and proteins under the microscope in unfixed tissues as well as to assess the consequences of knocking … Continue reading

Articles / Genetics

A matter of health — Naming disorders brings order to nomenclature

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Ever wonder how diseases or disorders get their names? Why aren’t diseases caused by gene mutations named after the gene involved? Dr. Christian Schaaf, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and a faculty member of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas … Continue reading

Baylor College of Medicine to develop Emergency Smart Pod
Articles / Infectious diseases / Public Health

Baylor College of Medicine to develop Emergency Smart Pod

By Dipali Pathak Baylor College of Medicine’s Emergency Smart Pod was one of 12 ideas selected for President Barack Obama’s challenge to find innovative tools to help fight the Ebola crisis and other public health emergencies around the world. The selection was announced by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Emergency Smart … Continue reading

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Should ads featuring athletes promoting unproven stem cell treatments at for-profit clinics be subject to oversight?

In an editorial that appears on the website of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy — Baylor College of Medicine Joint Program in Health Policy Research, two Baker Institute researchers Drs. Kirstin R.W. Matthews  and Maude Cuchiara, warn that anecdotes are not proof and that treatments should be subjected to scientific scrutiny and validation … Continue reading

Researchers seek to make mini-guts that mimic life
Gastrointestinal diseases / Public Health

Researchers seek to make mini-guts that mimic life

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. A five-year, $5.1 million National Institutes of Health grant will help researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center engineer better “mini-guts” that are physiologically active. This grant will also allow engineering of the these cultures to mimic the stretch and pull … Continue reading

Many paths to degeneration for neurons
Articles / Genetics / Genome

Many paths to degeneration for neurons

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Adult neurons are touchy. Too much protein can throw them off course, resulting in neurodegeneration. After showing how mutant ATAXIN1 (the protein associated with the neurodegenerative disorder spinocerebellar ataxia 1) cannot fold and be discarded properly, resulting in malfunctioning neurons, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor … Continue reading