Study identifies new genetic cause of male reproductive birth defects
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Study identifies new genetic cause of male reproductive birth defects

Baylor College of Medicine scientists defined a previously unrecognized genetic cause for two types of birth defects found in newborn boys, described in a report published today in the journal Nature Medicine. “Cryptorchidism and hypospadias are among the most common birth defects but the causes are usually unknown,” said Dr. Dolores Lamb, director of the … Continue reading

New Technology May Help Identify Safe Alternatives to BPA
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New Technology May Help Identify Safe Alternatives to BPA

Numerous studies have linked exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic, receipt paper, toys and other products with various health problems, from poor growth to cancer. Some studies in very young animals exposed to BPA have raised safety concerns about its use in infant bottles and training cups, and FDA has been supporting industry efforts … Continue reading

Shedding light on the microbiome during pregnancy
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Shedding light on the microbiome during pregnancy

We are not alone. With us at all times from conception on, is the microbiome – a collection of microbes made up of bacteria, viruses, single cell eukaryotes, and fungi that inhabit the human body. These are not disease-causing bacteria and viruses, instead they cohabitate with human cells and help cells properly function. Understanding how … Continue reading

Brinkley honored with highest scientific honor from the American Society for Cell Biology
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Brinkley honored with highest scientific honor from the American Society for Cell Biology

Dr. William R. Brinkley, dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and distinguished service professor in the department of molecular and cellular biology at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named as one of the recipients of the E.B. Wilson Medal, the highest scientific honor of the American Society for Cell Biology. Named … Continue reading

The RNA code: Nature’s Rosetta Stone
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The RNA code: Nature’s Rosetta Stone

By C. Thomas Caskey, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine and Philip Leder, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School. Marshall Nirenberg and Heinrich Matthaei initiated their biochemical approach to elucidating the genetic code in 1959, 6 years following the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA (1). At the time, … Continue reading

Researchers find maternal nutrition before pregnancy leaves permanent marks on child’s genome
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Researchers find maternal nutrition before pregnancy leaves permanent marks on child’s genome

Over 10 years ago a landmark mouse study showed that a mother’s diet before and during pregnancy can change her offspring’s coat color by affecting the establishment of ‘epigenetic’ marks on the genome. It has remained unknown, however, whether such effects also occur in humans. Now, by studying naturally-occurring seasonal differences in the diet and … Continue reading