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Out of sync, out of health: Social jet-lag linked to liver cancer in mice
Articles / circadiam rhythm / Liver cancer

Out of sync, out of health: Social jet-lag linked to liver cancer in mice

Our bodies are in sync with the planet’s day-and-night cycle thanks to an internal timekeeper, the circadian clock that regulates practically all the functions of the body. Recent studies have uncovered that when the internal clock goes out of sync, disease has a better chance to develop. For instance, persistent disruption of circadian rhythm in … Continue reading

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