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Collaboration matters when looking for answers to undiagnosed diseases
Articles / Human genetics / undiagnosed diseases

Collaboration matters when looking for answers to undiagnosed diseases

It used to be that identifying genes involved in a particular disease was like finding a needle in a haystack. Nowadays, scientists still have to search through haystacks of genetic data, but advances in gene sequencing technologies and in computerized strategies to search genomic data sets with vast amounts of information have made the job … Continue reading

One more reason to focus on prenatal care – stronger muscles for newborn babies
Articles / nutrition / Prenatal

One more reason to focus on prenatal care – stronger muscles for newborn babies

Born too soon, she weighed just over 1 pound at birth and spent the first three months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit, fighting to live. This tiny baby survived under the care of skilled medical professionals and was sent home with her teenage mother. Today, she’s a high school student enrolled … Continue reading

How do muscles grow up? Check alternative splicing
Articles / Genetics / muscular disorders

How do muscles grow up? Check alternative splicing

Growing up is a complex affair, even for muscles. In the mouse, for instance, newborn muscles grow into adult muscles within the first three weeks after birth. This transition allows a newborn mouse with limited ability to move to become an agile, fast-moving creature. During this transition, some of the newborn muscle proteins are replaced by adult … Continue reading

Making the case for global genomic data sharing
Articles / Global Data Sharing

Making the case for global genomic data sharing

The scientific community may be overlooking a significant barrier to international collaboration reflected in a series of recent surveys: potential public resistance to sharing of genomic and other health data across national borders. In a paper published in PLOS Biology, Dr. Mary Majumder, associate professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College … Continue reading

Surviving bodily defenses: human rotavirus manipulates immune response to maintain infection
Articles / Gastrointestinal diseases / rotavirus

Surviving bodily defenses: human rotavirus manipulates immune response to maintain infection

The gut of a child infected with rotavirus is like a battleground. On one side, the virus invades the epithelial cells that form the lining of the small intestine. The virus replicates driving havoc in the intestinal environment, which causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. Dehydration usually follows and, unless the child is … Continue reading