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Public Release: 17-Dec-2014
ZooKeys
Better focus at the micro world: A low-budget focus stacking system for mass digitization
A team of Belgian researchers constructed a focus stacking set-up made of consumer grade products with better end results than high-end solutions and this at only a tenth of the prize of current existing systems. Because of the operational ease, speed and the low cost of the system, it is ideal for mass digitization programs involving type specimens. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

Contact: Jonathan Brecko
jonathan.brecko@naturalsciences.be
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 16-Dec-2014
UTSA engineers receive $1.08 million NIH grant to advance breast cancer research
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $1.08 million grant to the University of Texas at San Antonio to combine computational modeling with biological information to advance our understanding of what may cause breast cells to become cancerous.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: KC Gonzalez
kc.gonzalez@utsa.edu
210-458-7555
University of Texas at San Antonio

Public Release: 16-Dec-2014
First steps for Hector the robot stick insect
A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called Hector, and its construction is modeled on a stick insect.

Contact: Dr. Axel Schneider
axel.schneider@uni-bielefeld.de
49-521-106-5163
Bielefeld University

Public Release: 16-Dec-2014
Brain
'Microlesions' in epilepsy discovered by novel technique
Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously undescribed microlesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients. The millimeter-sized abnormalities may explain why areas of the brain that appear normal can produce severe seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy.
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Contact: Sharon Parmet
sparmet@uic.edu
312-413-2695
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public Release: 12-Dec-2014
Smithsonian launches major new initiative to better understand life on Earth
Scientists across the Smithsonian have studied genomics for years, investigating how animal and plant species function, relate to one another, adapt to change and thrive or fail to survive. Genomics also play a key role in their research of climate change, disease and biodiversity conservation. The Smithsonian is now uniting these efforts and creating a plan for transformative future research with the establishment of the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics.

Contact: John Gibbons
gibbonsjp@si.edu
202-633-5187
Smithsonian

Public Release: 12-Dec-2014
PLOS ONE
New TGen test uses the unique genetics of women to uncover neurologic disorders
TGen's discovery relies on a simple genetic fact: Men have one X and one Y chromosome, while women have two X chromosomes. This women-only factor was leveraged by TGen investigators to develop a highly accurate method of tracking down a previously unrecognized disorder of the X-chromosome. The study of a pre-teen girl, who went years with an undiagnosed neurobehavioral condition, was published today in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.
State of Arizona, Stardust Foundation, TGen Foundation

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

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Aging
New discoveries in age-related macular degeneration revealed in industry and academia
Insilico Medicine along with scientists from Vision Genomics and Howard University shed light on AMD disease, introducing the opportunity for eventual diagnostic and treatment options.

Contact: Michael Petr
michael.petr@insilicomedicine.com
InSilico Medicine, Inc.

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Cell
3-D maps reveal the genome's origami code
In a triumph for cell biology, researchers have assembled the first high-resolution, 3-D maps of entire folded genomes and found a structural basis for gene regulation -- a kind of 'genomic origami' that allows the same genome to produce different types of cells. The research appears online today in Cell.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute, NVIDIA, IBM, Google, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, McNair Medical Institute

Contact: Jade Boyd
jadeboyd@rice.edu
713-348-6778
Rice University

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Bioinformatics
WPI team develops tool to better classify tumor cells for personalized cancer treatments
A new statistical model developed by a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute may enable physicians to create personalized cancer treatments for patients based on the specific genetic mutations found in their tumors. The model uses an advanced algorithm to identify the multiple genetic cell subtypes typically found in solid tumors by analyzing gene expression data from a small biopsy sample. The results can help shape more effective treatments and also guide future research.

Contact: Michael Cohen
mcohen@wpi.edu
508-868-4778
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Science
International team maps 'big bang' of bird evolution
The genomes of modern birds tell a story of how they emerged and evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs and almost everything else 66 million years ago. That story is now coming to light, thanks to an ambitious international collaboration that has been underway for four years.

Contact: Press Office
yangbicheng@genomics.cn
86-755-826-39701
BGI Shenzhen

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Science
Latest research by NTU discovers reasons for malaria's drug resistance
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University have discovered exactly how the malaria parasite is developing resistance towards the most important front-line drugs used to treat the disease.

Contact: Lester Kok
lesterkok@ntu.edu.sg
Nanyang Technological University

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Science
Genomic analysis, key to understanding bird evolution
This international project resolves some of the mysteries surrounding bird evolution. It provides a detailed bird family tree, explains the evolution of their genome, reveals the role and appearance of song in the different families, identifies when they lost their teeth, studies the relationship between the genomes of birds and reptiles like crocodiles, presents the origin of sex chromosomes in birds, and proposes a new method for phylogenetic study based on massive genome sequencing data.

Contact: Laia Cendrós
laia.cendros@crg.eu
34-933-160-237-346-07611
Center for Genomic Regulation

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Science
New method helps map species' genetic heritage
Where did the songbird get its song? What branch of the bird family tree is closer to the flamingo -- the heron or the sparrow? These questions seem simple, but are actually difficult for geneticists to answer. A new, sophisticated technique called statistical binning developed by researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Texas at Austin can help researchers construct more accurate species trees detailing the lineage of genes and the relationships between species.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Liz Ahlberg
eahlberg@illinois.edu
217-244-1073
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Science
Genes tell story of birdsong and human speech
A massive international effort to sequence and compare the entire genomes of 48 species of birds, representing every major order of the bird family tree, reveals that vocal learning evolved twice or maybe three times among songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds. Even more striking, the set of genes employed in each of those song innovations is remarkably similar to the genes involved in human speaking ability.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact: Karl Leif Bates
karl.bates@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Science
Computer scientists at UT Austin crack code for redrawing bird family tree
A new computational technique developed at The University of Texas at Austin has enabled an international consortium to produce an avian tree of life that points to the origins of various bird species. A graduate student at the university is a leading author on papers describing the new technique and sharing the consortium's findings about bird evolution in the journal Science.
National Science Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact: Marc Airhart
mairhart@austin.utexas.edu
512-232-1066
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
PLOS Genetics
Blood lipid metabolites allow early identification of cardiovascular disease
New circulating metabolites might allow early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. A team of scientists from Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet and Colorado State University have identified novel lipid-derived molecules associated with future coronary heart disease events. The study published in the journal PLOS Genetics has examined the metabolic profile of blood samples from more than 3,600 individuals that have been followed-up for up to 10 years.
Knut och Alice Wallenberg Foundation, European Research Council, Swedish Diabetes Foundation, Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation

Contact: Andrea Ganna
andrea.ganna@ki.se
PLOS

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Science
International team maps 'big bang' of bird evolution
The first findings of the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium are being reported nearly simultaneously in 29 papers -- eight papers in a Dec. 12 special issue of Science and 21 more in Genome Biology, GigaScience and other journals. The analyses suggest some remarkable new ideas about bird evolution, including insights into vocal learning and the brain, colored plumage, sex chromosomes and the birds' relationship to dinosaurs and crocodiles.
BGI and the China National GeneBank, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Lundbeck Foundation, Danish National Research Foundation, and others

Contact: Karl Bates
karl.bates@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University

Public Release: 10-Dec-2014
UTHealth awarded $7.3 million for health information technology research
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Biomedical Informatics has been awarded grants totaling $7.3 million to enhance health care and biomedical discovery through the use of health information technology.
NIH/National Library of Medicine, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Contact: Robert Cahill
Robert.Cahill@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3030
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Public Release: 10-Dec-2014
eLife
Worms' mental GPS helps them find food
Salk scientists develop a theory to explain how animals gather information and switch attention.
National Science Foundation, University of California San Diego Institute, Rita Allen Foundation, National Institutes of Health, McKnight Endowment Fund, Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation

Contact: Salk Communications
press@salk.edu
Salk Institute

Public Release: 9-Dec-2014
ERC starting grants for two researchers of the Max Delbrück Center
Two researchers of the Max Delbrück Center will receive over 3 million euros in research funding from the European Research Council in Strasbourg. Cancer researcher Dr. Michela Di Virgilio and systems biologist Dr. Baris Tursun of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology of the MDC will receive an ERC Starting Grant endowed with 1.9 million euros and 1.5 million euros respectively. They were selected from 3,273 applicants.
European Research Fund, Strabourg

Contact: Barbara Bachtler
bachtler@mdc-berlin.de
49-309-406-3896
Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch

Public Release: 8-Dec-2014
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
CNIO team has visualized the DNA double-strand break process for the first time
Scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, led by Guillermo Montoya, have developed a method for producing biological crystals that has allowed scientists to observe -- for the first time -- DNA double chain breaks. They have also developed a computer simulation that makes this process, which lasts in the order of millionths of a second, visible to the human eye. The study is published today by the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.

Contact: Nuria Noriega
comunicacion@cnio.es
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO)

Public Release: 8-Dec-2014
American Society for Cell Biology/International Federation for Cell Biology
Paul G. Allen to give $100 million to create Cell Science Institute
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen today announced a commitment of $100 million to create the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle. Founded to investigate and model the complex living machinery of cells, the nonprofit Allen Institute for Cell Science and its inaugural project, the Allen Cell Observatory, will accelerate disease research around the world by creating and sharing reagents, data and dynamic, predictive models of cells.

Contact: Rob Piercy
robp@alleninstitute.org
206-548-8486
Allen Institute

Public Release: 8-Dec-2014
Nature Biotechnology
UEA research could revolutionize genomic sequencing of drug-resistant bacteria
New technology (the size of a USB memory stick) could revolutionize genomic sequencing of drug-resistant bacteria. Researchers proved the utility of the new device by successfully mapping multi-drug resistance genes in a Typhoid-causing strain of bacteria -- which has recently emerged globally. They say that the technology could enable bacterial identification, diagnosis of infectious diseases and detection of drug-resistance at the point of clinical need.

Contact: Lisa Horton
l.horton@uea.ac.uk
44-160-359-2764
University of East Anglia

Public Release: 5-Dec-2014
Molecular Cell
CSHL team finds a way to make shRNA gene knockdown more effective
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have devised a powerful algorithm that improves the effectiveness of an important research technology harnessing RNA interference, or RNAi.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health, Kathryn W. Davis, Hope Funds for Cancer Research, Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation

Contact: Peter Tarr
tarr@cshl.edu
516-367-8455
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 4-Dec-2014
IU collaboration to develop computational model of acetaminophen-induced liver failure
Three Indiana University professors have received $2.1 million to develop a computational model of acetaminophen-induced liver failure -- the leading cause of liver failure in the United States -- by using advanced microscopic and computational technologies that allow scientists to see into the liver of a living animal.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Food and Drug Administration, National Aeronautical and Space Administration, Department of Defense and the Department of Energy

Contact: Steve Chaplin
stjchap@iu.edu
812-856-1896
Indiana University

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