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Public Release: 20-Aug-2014
UH professor named fellow by International Astrobiology Society
George E. Fox, a John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston, was named a fellow in the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life. Currently, Fox's group is seeking to develop a detailed timeline of major events in ribosome history. His research is supported by the NASA Exobiology program and NASA's Astrobiology Institute Center for Ribosome Adaptation and Evolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Contact: Lisa Merkl
lkmerkl@uh.edu
713-743-8192
University of Houston

Public Release: 19-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Biomarker in an aggressive breast cancer is identified
Northwestern University scientists have identified a biomarker strongly associated with basal-like breast cancer, a highly aggressive carcinoma that is resistant to many types of chemotherapy. The biomarker, a protein called STAT3, provides a smart target for new therapeutics designed to treat this often deadly cancer. Using patient data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, the researchers used bioinformatics techniques and found that a small number of genes are activated by STAT3 protein signaling in basal-like breast cancers but not in luminal breast cancers.
H Foundation, NIH/National Cancer Institute

Contact: Megan Fellman
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

Public Release: 19-Aug-2014
Journal of the Americal Chemical Society
Moving single cells around -- accurately and cheaply
Scientists have figured out how to pick up and transfer single cells using a pipette -- a common laboratory tool that's been tweaked slightly. They describe this engineering feat and preliminary test results in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
National Institutes of Health, Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, Golfers Against Cancer Foundation

Contact: David Bricker
dmbricker@houstonmethodist.org
832-667-5811
Houston Methodist

Public Release: 18-Aug-2014
Arthritis & Rheumatology
Genetic key to lupus shows potential of personalized medicine
DNA sequencing of a lupus patient has identified a specific genetic mutation that is causing the disease, opening the way for personalized treatments.

Contact: Dr. Julia Ellyard
Julia.Ellyard@anu.edu.au
61-413-843-609
Australian National University

Public Release: 18-Aug-2014
Training the next generation of cancer nanomedicine scientists
Northeastern University has received a five-year, $1.15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute to train the next generation of cancer nanomedicine scientists and clinicians through a unique experiential learning program.
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Contact: Casey Bayer
c.bayer@neu.edu
617-373-2592
Northeastern University

Public Release: 17-Aug-2014
Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
BGRF announces OncoFinder algorithm for reducing errors in transcriptome analysis
The BGRF proposes a new concept for signalome-wide analysis of changes in intracellular pathways, called OncoFinder, which allows for accurate and robust cross-platform analysis of gene expression data. This new technique will allow scientists to derive useful information from and compare the hundreds of thousands of data sets obtained using legacy equipment as well as data sets obtained from biological samples preserved in paraffin blocks and partially-degraded samples.
Insilico Medicine, Inc., Pathway Pharmaceuticals

Contact: Henry Stanley
henry@bg-rf.org.uk
44-208-133-5518
Biogerontology Research Foundation

Public Release: 17-Aug-2014
Nature Methods
A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape
With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding or removing a base could have much of an effect on our health. Yet, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function. It is has been difficult to detect these mutations. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists have devised a new way to analyze genome sequences that pinpoints insertions and deletions in people with diseases such as autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Stanley Institute for Cognitive Genomics, Simons Foundation

Contact: Jaclyn Jansen
jjansen@cshl.edu
516-367-8455
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 15-Aug-2014
Samtools CRAMS in support for improved compression formats
The rapidly rising volume of genomic data means that genomic scientists need fast and efficient methods to share, analyze and store sequence information. A major upgrade of Samtools, one of the most popular next-generation sequence analysis tools, now supports the highly efficient CRAM format, enabling researcher to easily compress and share their data, reducing costs and facilitating worldwide collaboration.

Contact: Mark Thomson
mt9@sanger.ac.uk
44-122-371-0865
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
American Journal of Botany
Make your mobile device live up to its true potential -- as a data collection tool
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed Easy Leaf Area, a free software that calculates leaf surface area from digital images. Leaf measurements are often critical in plant physiological and ecological studies, but traditional methods have been time consuming and sometimes destructive to plant samples. Easy Leaf Area -- described in a recent issue of Applications in Plant Sciences -- allows users to accurately measure leaf area from digital images in seconds.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Beth Parada
apps@botany.org
American Journal of Botany

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Science
Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand
RNA origami is a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale, making it possible to fabricate complicated shapes from a single strand of RNA. Unlike existing methods for folding DNA molecules, RNA origamis are produced by enzymes and simultaneously fold into pre-designed shapes. This may allow designer RNA structures to be grown within living cells and used to organize cellular enzymes into biochemical factories. The method is reported in the latest issue of Science.

Contact: Ebbe Sloth Andersen
esa@inano.au.dk
454-117-8619
Aarhus University

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
BMC Ecology
Woodrats' genes help them to win the arms race against their food
A handful of genes arm the woodrat against the toxic chemicals in its foodstuff, the creosote plant, according to research published in the open-access journal BMC Ecology.

Contact: Anna Perman
Anna.Perman@biomedcentral.com
44-020-319-22429
BioMed Central

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Cell
Computation and collaboration lead to significant advance in malaria
Researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine have developed a new computational method to study the function of disease-causing genes, starting with an important new discovery about a gene associated with malaria -- one of the biggest global health burdens.

Contact: Glenna Picton
picton@bcm.edu
713-798-4710
Baylor College of Medicine

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
BioMed Research International
UT Arlington team's work could lead to earlier diagnosis, treatment of mental diseases
A computer science and engineering associate professor and her doctoral student graduate are using a genetic computer network inference model that eventually could predict whether a person will suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or another mental illness.

Contact: Herb Booth
hbooth@uta.edu
817-272-7075
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Clinical trial tests COXEN model to predict best treatment for bladder cancer
A computer model, COXEN, matches cancer genetics to best treatments. It is now in a national clinical trial for bladder cancer.

Contact: Garth Sundem
garth.sundem@ucdenver.edu
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Statistical model predicts performance of hybrid rice
A research team led by plant geneticists at the University of California, Riverside and Huazhong Agricultural University, China, has used 'genomic prediction' to predict the performance of hybrid rice. Genomic prediction is a new technology that could potentially revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture. A statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance, the method works if the trait is heritable and reduces costs.
NIH/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Natural Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Energy landscapes for protein folding operate on evolutionary processes that take eons as well as folding that takes microseconds, according to new research at Rice University.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, D.R. Bullard-Welch Chair at Rice

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
PLOS Biology
Our ancestor's 'leaky' membrane answers big questions in biology
All life on Earth came from one common ancestor -- a single-celled organism -- but what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved into today's modern cells is a four-billion-year-old mystery being solved by researchers at UCL using mathematical modeling.

Contact: Rebecca Caygill
r.caygill@ucl.ac.uk
020-310-83846
University College London

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
Science
Not only in DNA's hands
Weizmann Institute scientists show that epigenetics has a large say in blood formation.

Contact: Yivsam Azgad
news@weizmann.ac.il
972-893-43852
Weizmann Institute of Science

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Elusive viral 'machine' architecture finally rendered
Biologists have worked with the Lambda virus as a model system for more than 50 years but they've never had an overarching picture of the molecular machines that allow it to insert or remove DNA from the cells that it infects. Now they can, thanks to an advance that highlights the intriguingly intricate way the virus accomplishes its genetic manipulations.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Preemies' gut bacteria may depend more on gestational age than environment
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that in infants born prematurely, the population of bacteria in babies' gastrointestinal tracts may depend more on their biological makeup and gestational age at birth than on environmental factors. The scientists discovered that bacterial communities assemble in an orderly, choreographed progression, with the pace of that assembly slowest in infants born most prematurely.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Contact: Elizabethe Holland Durando
elizabethe.durando@wustl.edu
314-286-0119
Washington University School of Medicine

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
New book from CSHLPress provides a solution for 'informatics anxiety'
A more complete understanding of bioinformatics offered in 'A Bioinformatics Guide for Molecular Biologists' from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press will allow the reader to become comfortable with these techniques, encouraging their use -- thus helping to make sense of the vast accumulation of data. It is a must-read for those interested in learning informatics techniques required for successful research and development in the laboratory.

Contact: Robert Redmond
rredmond@cshl.edu
516-422-4101
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
Nature Communications
Mutations in a gene essential for cell regulation cause kidney cancer in children
Mutations in a gene that helps regulate when genes are switched on and off in cells have been found to cause rare cases of Wilms tumor, the most common kidney cancer occurring in children.
Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK

Contact: Henry French
henry.french@icr.ac.uk
020-715-35380
Institute of Cancer Research

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
Science
Study reveals dynamics of microbes and nitrate
Though we know that the environmental microbiome plays a key role in mediating the persistence of biologically usable nitrogen in the environment and that microbes can perform critically different chemistry in the process, the complexity of this environmental dynamic has prevented science from clearly defining the conditions steering microbial nitrogen mediation. A new set of controlled experiments using recently developed genomic technologies have provided conclusive evidence that three critical factors steer this hugely important environmental process.
National Science Founcation, European Research Council, Max Planck Society

Contact: James Hathaway
jbhathaw@uncc.edu
704-687-5743
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
Cell
Largest cancer genomic study proposes 'disruptive' new system to reclassify tumors
After analyzing more than 3,500 tumors on multiple technology platforms TCGA researchers say cancers are more likely to be similar based on their cell type of origin as opposed to their tissue type of origin. The study suggests at least 10 percent of cancer patients would be classified differently under this protocol. But Buck faculty Christopher Benz thinks this fraction will swell when more samples and additional tumor types are included in the next analysis.
NIH/National Cancer Institute, NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Contact: Kris Rebillot
krebillot@buckinstitute.org
415-209-2080
Buck Institute for Age Research

Public Release: 6-Aug-2014
ZooKeys
A website to help safeguard the United States borders against alien scale insect pests
A group of scientists has built an online interactive website to help state and federal identifiers safeguard the US ports-of-entry from alien scale insect pests. The interactive website facilitates pest identifications by gathering, in one place, photos, drawings and current information on 194 species that have the potential to become serious pests to US agriculture.

Contact: Alessandra Rung
arung@cdfa.ca.gov
Pensoft Publishers

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