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Public Release: 8-Mar-2016
eLife
Brain activity of nematodes seeking food offers new view on sleep
If you have trouble sleeping, the neurons in your brain may be firing like those in roundworms randomly seeking food in the absence of clues, says University of Oregon biologist Shawn R. Lockery. That connection is proposed in a theoretical neuroscience paper co-authored by 12 researchers at 10 institutions.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jim Barlow
jebarlow@uoregon.edu
541-346-3481
University of Oregon

Public Release: 7-Mar-2016
New England Journal of Medicine
Mutated gene safeguards against heart attacks
People with a specific gene mutation have a 50 percent lower risk of suffering a heart attack. This is what an international team of researchers headed by the cardiologist Professor Heribert Schunkert, medical director of the German Heart Center at the Technical University of Munich, discovered in a broad comparative study. If this gene were switched off with medications it could reduce the risk of coronary disease significantly.
National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, German Research Foundation, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Contact: Dr. Andreas Battenberg
battenberg@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0510
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Public Release: 7-Mar-2016
Nature Methods
Immunology meets single-cell sequencing
A new single-cell genomics method helps determine T-cell receptor sequences and extrapolate their response to disease. The technique will help research into immune response, autoimmune disease, cancer and vaccination. Uptake enables sequencing-based understanding of which T-cell receptors recognize specific invaders -- knowledge that could be used to speed up diagnosis.
European Research Council, Lister Institute for Preventative Medicine, EMBL, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Contact: Mary Todd Bergman
comms@ebi.ac.uk
44-788-137-7941
European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute

Public Release: 7-Mar-2016
Nature Genetics
Zebrafish and humans have new biomedical friend in the spotted gar
The genome of a slowly evolving fish, the spotted gar, is so much like both zebrafish and humans that it can be used as a bridge species that could open a pathway to important advancements in biomedical research focused on human diseases.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jim Barlow
jebarlow@uoregon.edu
541-346-3481
University of Oregon

Public Release: 3-Mar-2016
Highly realistic virtual neurons fruit of an Allen Institute and Blue Brain collaboration
The Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Blue Brain Project are deepening their collaboration. Today, the US-based Allen Institute is releasing a set of 40 computer models of neurons from the mouse visual cortex, created using tools developed by the Swiss-based Blue Brain Project at EPFL. Using Blue Brain technology, the researchers were able to reproduce the physiology and electrical activity of the neurons with an extremely high level of detail.

Contact: Lionel Pousaz
lionel.pousaz@epfl.ch
41-795-597-161
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 3-Mar-2016
Science
DNA 'scrunching' occurs as RNA polymerase selects a position to begin synthesizing RNA
A research collaboration that combines novel 'big-data' informatics tools with expertise in basic biology has uncovered details of an essential process in life: how a crucial enzyme locates the site on DNA where it begins to direct the synthesis of RNA. This finding may aid in the discovery of new antimicrobial medicines, and the powerful technological approaches developed for this research may shed light on other essential cellular processes.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: John Ascenzi
Ascenzi@email.chop.edu
267-426-6055
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Public Release: 3-Mar-2016
Science
Ancient viral invaders in our DNA help fight today's infections
Roughly eight percent of our DNA comes from viruses that infected our ancestors millions of years ago. New research by University of Utah geneticists shows that more than an oddity,the viral DNA switches on genes responsible for initiating an immune response. When removed, the innate immune system -- a first-responder to infection by pathogens including viruses -- does not function properly. The study shows that viral DNA functions in our body by helping us fight infections.
National Institutes of Health, Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts

Contact: Julie Kiefer
jkiefer@neuro.utah.edu
801-597-4258
University of Utah Health Sciences

Public Release: 2-Mar-2016
Rare disease patients share info on MyGene2 web tool to assist with gene discovery
A new web tool, MyGene2, will enable patients and their families to join clinicians and scientists in the search for genes underlying rare disorders. The sharing of health information also will improve knowledge about how gene variants influence symptoms and other clinical features of Mendelian disorders.
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Contact: Leila Gray
leilag@u.washington.edu
206-685-0381
University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Public Release: 2-Mar-2016
Scientific Reports
Overfishing increases fluctuations in aquatic ecosystems
Overfishing reduces fish populations and promotes smaller sizes in fish. The fish also reach sexual maturity earlier than normal. However, the impact of overfishing is not restricted to fish: as the predators at the top of the food web dwindle, the stability of the entire aquatic ecosystem is at risk.

Contact: Anna Kuparinen
anna.kuparinen@helsinki.fi
University of Helsinki

Public Release: 2-Mar-2016
Genome Research
New method reveals high similarity between gorilla and human Y chromosome
A faster, less expensive method has been developed and used to learn the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosome in the gorilla. The research reveals that a male gorilla's Y chromosome is more similar to a male human's Y chromosome than to a chimpanzee's. The technique works for any species, so it can be used to study male infertility disorders and male-specific mutations. It also can aid in conservation efforts.
National Science Foundation, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Department of Health, National Institutes of Health, John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation, Alice B. Tyler Charitable Trust, Leverhulme Trust

Contact: Barbara Kennedy
science@psu.edu
814-863-4682
Penn State

Public Release: 1-Mar-2016
Scientific Reports
Regulating neuronal membrane lipids could be the key to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Using latest-generation molecular simulations researchers have demonstrated that a decrease in polyunsaturated lipids in neuronal membranes, as seen in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's sufferers, directly affects the binding rate of dopamine and adenosine receptors. The work was led by members IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) and Pompeu Fabra University as well as researchers from the University of Tampere (Finland), and also involved scientists from the University of Barcelona.

Contact: Marta Calsina Freixas
mcalsina@imim.es
34-933-160-680
IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute)

Public Release: 29-Feb-2016
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
New software provides an overview of the big data of genome sequencing
Since researchers first succeeded in mapping the human genome back in 2003, the technological development has moved at warp speed, and the process which at that time took several years and billions of dollars can now be performed in a few days. In the Klaus Hansen research group at the Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen, researchers have developed a new type of software, which enables a much faster analysis and interpretation of the vast amounts of data provided by sequencing technology.
Danish National Research Foundation

Contact: Mads Lerdrup
mads.lerdrup@bric.ku.dk
45-35-32-57-46
University of Copenhagen, Biotech Research & Innovation Centre

Public Release: 26-Feb-2016
UTA researcher wins grant to measure when, how battlefield blasts injure brain neurons
Ishfaq Adnan, a UTA engineering researcher supported by the Office of Naval Research, is developing a computational model to measure how and when battlefield blasts can cause devastating damage to neurons in the brain.
Office of Naval Research, Warfighter Performance Department

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

Public Release: 26-Feb-2016
Cincinnati Children's receives $32.5 million from NIH to coordinate heart study
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is receiving a $32.5 million, five-year grant from the Bench to Bassinet Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine why children are born with heart problems and find effective treatments.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jim Feuer
jim.feuer@cchmc.org
513-636-4656
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Public Release: 24-Feb-2016
Genome Biology
The Mesoamerican bean decoded
An Ibero-American team of scientists decoded the Mesoamerican variety of the bean genome coinciding with the celebration of the International Year of Pulses, as designated by the United Nations. Sequencing such a common source of plant-based proteins for people around the globe will be key not only for improving beans production but also for a better conservation of Ibero-American genetic varieties. The finding is published on Feb. 25 in the journal Genome Biology.
Ministry of Science Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain, and others

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

Public Release: 24-Feb-2016
Nature
Pancreatic cancer is 4 diseases, each with new treatment possibilities
An international team led by Australian researchers has studied the genetics of pancreatic cancer, revealing it is actually four separate diseases, with different genetic triggers and survival rates, paving the way for more accurate diagnoses and treatments.

Contact: Nerissa Hannink
nhannink@unimelb.edu.au
61-430-588-055
University of Melbourne

Public Release: 24-Feb-2016
Cell Systems
Short-lived killifish reveals link between gene expression and longevity
It's well known that genetic differences among individuals influence lifespan, but a new study appearing Feb. 24 in Cell Systems suggests that differences in patterns of gene expression in youth may also predict longevity. Researchers of the shortest-lived vertebrate -- the African turquoise killifish -- found that when genes involved in a cell's energy production are less active at a young age, the animals tend to live longer.

Contact: Joseph Caputo
jcaputo@cell.com
617-397-2802
Cell Press

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
Adaptable, ecology-based US National Vegetation Classification debuts today
The US National Vegetation Classification, a reporting standard organized around ecological principles for the study of plant communities, launches today. It is the first classification of its kind designed to adapt to new ecological knowledge and expand to absorb new vegetation types, through a peer review process.
US Forest Service, US Geological Survey

Contact: Liza Lester
llester@esa.org
202-833-8773 x211
Ecological Society of America

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
Optics Express
Shrinking 3-D technology for comfortable smart phone viewing
Researchers at the Sun Yan-Sen University, China have developed a new display with comfortable 3-D visual effects. The device is based on a 'super multi-view technique' which works to reduce viewer discomfort. It also greatly decreases the required number of microdisplays, which makes a compact design possible.

Contact: Rebecca Andersen
RAndersen@osa.org
202-416-1443
The Optical Society

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
Signalling networks: From data to modeling
The Genome Analysis Centre hosted a five-day training course on cell signalling; from gene regulation to cellular models, to study signalling networks of plants, microbes and animals.

Contact: Hayley London
hayley.london@tgac.ac.uk
44-160-345-0107
The Genome Analysis Centre

Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
Health care is about to get smarter: The artificial intelligence boom
It is predicted that the use of AI in health care will grow tenfold in the next five years, and not all of the medical applications will be for doctors. The technology is accelerating drug discovery, increasing compliance and even tracking changes in markers of 'youthfulness,' empowering people to better manage their own health.

Contact: Charlotte Casebourne
charlotte@bg-rf.org.uk
Biogerontology Research Foundation

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
PLOS Computational Biology
New theorem helps reveal tuberculosis' secret
Rice University researchers seek to streamline the analysis of complex biochemical networks and to reveal inconsistencies in biological data. Their theorem helps to uncover hidden drivers of non-monotonic responses to monotonic stimuli in tuberculosis bacteria.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
ERC Consolidator Grant: Six million euros for 3 scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen
The European Research Council (ERC) is supporting three scientists in their research projects at the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (HMGU) with a total sum just under six million Euros. Prof. Dr. Daniel Razansky, PD Dr. med. Irmela Jeremias and Prof. Dr. Mathias Heikenwaelder, have each received just under two million euros for their research projects.
European Research Council

Contact: Sonja Opitz
sonja.opitz@helmholtz-muenchen.de
0049-893-187-2986
Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Nature Protocols
Accelerating genome analysis
An international team of scientists, led by researchers from A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore and the Bioinformatics Institute, have developed SIFT 4G (SIFT for Genomes) -- a software that can lead to faster genome analysis. This development was published in the scientific journal Nature Protocols.
Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Croatian Science Foundation

Contact: Joyce Ang
angjj@gis.a-star.edu.sg
65-680-88101
Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI)

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
Nature Genetics
New mathematical model explains variability in mutation rates across the human genome
Researchers developed a mathematical model to estimate the rates of mutation as a function of the nearby sequences of DNA 'letters' -- called nucleotides. This new model not only provides clues into the process of mutation, but also helps discover possible genetic risk factors that influence complex human diseases, such as autism spectrum disorder.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Heart Association, W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Contact: Karen Kreeger
karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5658
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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