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Public Release: 24-May-2016
Molecular Psychiatry
Researchers identify genes linked to the effects of mood and stress on longevity
The visible impacts of depression and stress that can be seen in a person's face -- and contribute to shorter lives -- can also be found in alterations in genetic activity, according to newly published research.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Eric Schoch
eschoch@iu.edu
317-274-8205
Indiana University

Public Release: 23-May-2016
Trends in Microbiology
A rallying call for microbiome science national data management
In a paper published online May 16, 2016, in Trends in Microbiology, researchers from the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally. By integrating and harnessing all available microbiome data and metadata, researchers could conduct larger-scale comparative analyses in order to address global challenges related to energy, environment, health and agriculture.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Massie S. Ballon
mlballon@lbl.gov
DOE/Joint Genome Institute

Public Release: 23-May-2016
58 life science researchers elected as new EMBO Members
EMBO today announced that 58 researchers in the life sciences were newly elected to its membership. 50 of the scientists reside in 13 different countries in Europe; eight Associate Members were elected from China, Japan, Lithuania, Singapore and the United States.
European Molecular Biology Organization

Contact: Dr. Tilmann Kiessling
tilmann.kiessling@embo.org
0049-160-901-93839
EMBO

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Appeal of 'genetic puzzles' leads to National Medal of Science for UW's Mary-Claire King
In a White House ceremony May 19, President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Science to Mary-Claire King, University of Washington professor of genome sciences and medicine. The award, the nation's highest recognition for scientific achievement, honors King's more than 40 years dedicated to research in evolution and the genetics of human disease, as well as to teaching and outreach endeavors that have supported human rights efforts on six continents and reunited families.

Contact: James Urton
jurton@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Molecular Cell
Shedding light on the 'dark matter' of the genome
What used to be dismissed by many as 'junk DNA' is back with a vengeance as growing data points to the importance of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) -- genome's messages that do not code for proteins -- in development and disease. Professor Benjamin Blencowe's team at the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre have developed a method that enables scientists to explore in depth what ncRNAs do in human cells.
University of Toronto, Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Contact: Jovana Drinjakovic
jovana.drinjakovic@gmail.com
41-789-290-614
University of Toronto

Public Release: 19-May-2016
PLOS Pathogens
Antibiotic treatment speeds up spread of resistance in the gonorrhea superbug
Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a sexually transmitted bacterium that has developed broad resistance against antibiotics. A study published on May 19 in PLOS Pathogens suggests that screening and treatment of infected patients might actually spread resistance against the one remaining recommended treatment. Moreover, while intuitively compelling, frequent change of sexual partners does not appear to be a major driver of the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Contact: Stephanie Fingerhuth
stephanie.fingerhuth@env.ethz.ch
PLOS

Public Release: 18-May-2016
Scientific Reports
Scientists discover the evolutionary link between protein structure and function
A new University of Illinois study demonstrates the evolution of protein structure and function over 3.8 billion years. Snippets of genetic code, consistent across organisms and time, direct proteins to create 'loops,' or active sites that give proteins their function. The link between structure and function in proteins can be thought of as a network. Demonstrating evolution in this small-scale network may help others understand how other networks, such as the internet, change over time.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Lauren Quinn
ldquinn@illinois.edu
217-300-2435
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Public Release: 18-May-2016
ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
3-D-bioprinted placenta could lead to new treatments for preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication involving the placenta that can be serious -- even fatal -- for the mother or fetus. The only effective treatment option is premature delivery. Now for the first time, scientists have bioprinted a 3-D model of placenta tissue that mimics the organ's complex structure. The model, reported in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, could lead to a better understanding of preeclampsia and the development of new treatments.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society

Public Release: 18-May-2016
PLOS Computational Biology
Researchers develop new way to decode large amounts of biological data
In recent years, the amount of genomic data available to scientists has exploded. This trove of genetic information has created a problem: how can scientists quickly analyze all of this data. Now, researchers have developed an innovative computing technique that is both faster and more accurate than current methods.

Contact: David Kohn
dkohn@som.umaryland.edu
410-706-7590
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Public Release: 18-May-2016
Neuron
How your brain learns to ride the subway -- and why AI developers care
In machine learning, a programmer might develop an AI that can calculate all possible consequences of a single action. Humans, however, don't have the same raw computational power; we have to efficiently create and execute a plan. We mentally invent different 'layers' to organize our actions and then think about the higher levels rather than individual steps, according to a Neuron study from members of Google DeepMind and the University of Oxford publishing May 18.

Contact: Karen Zusi
kzusi@cell.com
617-397-2802
Cell Press

Public Release: 12-May-2016
New integrative data portal for brilliant brassicas
Scientists at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) have released the first web repository for Brassica (mustard plants) trait data to tackle reproducibility, user controlled data sharing and analysis worldwide. Scoring the versatile crop's beneficial traits will assist Brassica breeders in improving their crop yields, increased nutritional benefits and reduce our carbon footprint through biofuel production.

Contact: Hayley London
hayley.london@tgac.ac.uk
01-603-450-107
The Genome Analysis Centre

Public Release: 12-May-2016
Nature
Fluorescent jellyfish gene sheds light in 'fitness landscape'
By studying more than 50,000 variants of a jellyfish gene, researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona (Spain) have drawn a detailed picture of how changes in that gene affect its function. The study, carried out in collaboration with researchers in Russia, the US, Israel and Spain, is published in the journal Nature.
HHMI International Early Career Scientist Program, EMBO Young Investigator Programme, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness MINECO, Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa

Contact: Laia Cendros
laia.cendros@crg.eu
34-607-611-798
Center for Genomic Regulation

Public Release: 12-May-2016
Scientific Reports
A sixth sense protects drivers except when texting
A team of researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that a sixth sense protects distracted drivers when they are being absent minded or upset, but not when they are texting. The findings are described in a paper titled 'Dissecting Driver Behaviors Under Cognitive, Emotional, Sensorimotor, and Mixed Stressors,' appearing May 12 in Scientific Reports, an online open-access research journal from the Nature Publishing Group.

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

Public Release: 12-May-2016
PLOS Genetics
Dogs provide information about brain tumor development in humans
Brain tumors in dogs are strikingly similar to their human tumor counterparts. In a recent study in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have used genetic analyses in different dog breeds to identify genes that could have a role in the development of brain tumors in both dogs and human.

Contact: Karin Forsberg Nilsson
karin.nilsson@igp.uu.se
46-701-679-579
Uppsala University

Public Release: 11-May-2016
ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies
High-throughput screening strategy identifies compounds active against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A new study in which researchers rapidly screened more than 11,000 bioactive molecules for activity against an antibiotic-resistant strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria identified multiple compounds with potent antimicrobial activity. These active compounds included two existing drugs, azidothymidine, an antiviral used to treat HIV infection, and spectinomycin, an antibacterial agent used to treat gonorrhea, as reported in ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies.

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
kryan@liebertpub.com
914-740-2100
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Nature
Zika virus in Brazil kills brain cell, impairs intra uterine growth of mice fetuses
University of São Paulo researchers infected mice with Zika virus circulating in Brazil, resulting in fetuses impaired by congenital malformations resembling those observed in infants. Both in mice and in minibrains, virus infection causes extensive damage to neurological cells
Zika Network FAPESP projects, National Institutes of Health

Contact: USP Scientific Outreach Unit
divulgacaocientifica@usp.br
55-112-648-1423
University of Sao Paulo Scientific Outreach Unit

Public Release: 11-May-2016
TGAC installs largest SGI UV 300 supercomputer for life sciences worldwide
The Genome Analysis Centre partners with Global HPC hardware giant SGI to address the most complex problems in genomics analysis.

Contact: Hayley London
hayley.london@tgac.ac.uk
01-603-450-107
The Genome Analysis Centre

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Genome Biology
TSRI team streamlines biomedical research by making genetic data easier to search
A team of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute is expanding web services to make biomedical research more efficient. With their free, public projects, MyGene.info and MyVariant.info, researchers around the world have a faster way to spot new connections between genes and disease.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
madms@scripps.edu
858-784-9254
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Cancer Cell
TGen and international team find new avenues of precision medicine for treating cancer
An international team of scientists, including those at the Translational Genomic Research Institute, have discovered new avenues of potential treatments for a rare and deadly cancer known as adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC). In a study published today in the scientific journal Cancer Cell, researchers conducted an extensive genomic profile of ACC, a cancer of the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys. Current treatment options for ACC have not changed in decades and are not curative.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Steve Yozwiak
syozwiak@tgen.org
602-343-8704
The Translational Genomics Research Institute

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Nature Genetics
Discovery of lung cancer mutations responsive to targeted therapies and to immunotherapies
Researchers from several major US universities and ITMO University in Russia have identified a number of new driver mutations in lung cancer cells that may be responsive to genomically targeted therapies and to immunotherapy.
NIH/National Cancer Institute, US Department of Defense, American Cancer Society Research

Contact: Dmitry Malkov
dvmalkov@corp.ifmo.ru
7-953-377-5508
ITMO University

Public Release: 9-May-2016
PLOS ONE
Specific changes to non-coding RNA may be part of what makes us human
Human-specific variants of four microRNAs may have altered expression levels and gene targets compared to other great apes, according to a study published April 22, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alicia Gallego from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Spain, and colleagues.

Contact: Beth Jones
bjones@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 6-May-2016
BMC Genomics
TGen-ASU researchers find tiny genetic switches in lizard tail regeneration
Any kid who pulls on a lizard tail knows it can drop off to avoid capture, but how they regrow a new tail remains a mystery. Now, researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Arizona State University (ASU) have identified tiny RNA switches, known as microRNAs, which may hold the keys to regenerating muscles, cartilage and spinal columns.
National Institutes of Health, Arizona Biomedical Research Commission

Contact: Steve Yozwiak
syozwiak@tgen.org
602-343-8704
The Translational Genomics Research Institute

Public Release: 6-May-2016
The Open Biochemistry Journal
Effect of the Van-der-Waals and intramolecular forces
The tertiary system of nucleotide chain -- gold nanoparticles--- carbon nanotube represents a great interest in the modern research and application of the bio-nano-technologies.

Contact: Faizan ul Haq
faizan@benthamscience.org
Bentham Science Publishers

Public Release: 5-May-2016
mBio
Superbug infections tracked across Europe
For the first time, scientists have shown that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' infections can be tracked across Europe by combining whole-genome sequencing with a web-based system. In mBio today researchers at Imperial College London and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute worked with a European network representing doctors in 450 hospitals in 25 countries to successfully interpret and visualize the spread of drug-resistant MRSA.
Wellcome Trust, UK Clinical Research Collaboration

Contact: Mark Thomson
press.office@sanger.ac.uk
122-349-2384
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 5-May-2016
PLOS Computational Biology
Scientists develop bee model that will impact the development of aerial robotics
Scientists have built a computer model that shows how bees use vision to detect the movement of the world around them and avoid crashing. This research, published in PLOS Computational Biology, is an important step in understanding how the bee brain processes the visual world and will aid the development of robotics.
Physical Sciences Research Council

Contact: Alexander Cope
a.cope@sheffield.ac.uk
44-770-922-5183
PLOS

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