EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS
Home About us
Advanced Search
29-Nov-2015 07:20
US Eastern Time




Forgot Password?

Press Releases

Breaking News

Science Business

Grants, Awards, Books



Science Agencies
on EurekAlert!

US Department of Energy

US National Institutes of Health

US National Science Foundation


Submit a Calendar Item


Links & Resources


RSS Feeds

Accessibility Option On


Portal Home


Background Articles

Research Papers


Links & Resources


News Releases

Key: Meeting M      Journal J      Funder F

Showing releases 51-75 out of 838.

<< < 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 > >>

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
$6.5 million grant may lead to disease-resistant cucurbits
A collaboration between horticulturists and bioinformaticists has received a $6.5 million USDA grant to identify genetic regions useful for breeding disease-resistant melons, squash and pumpkins. BTI researcher Zhangjun Fei will lead the bioinformatics portion of the project.
US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Patricia Waldron
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
Mini DNA sequencer tests true
The MinION, a handheld DNA-sequencing device developed by Oxford Nanopore, has been tested and evaluated by an independent, international consortium coordinated by EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute. The innovative device opens up new possibilities for using sequencing technology in the field, for example in tracking disease outbreaks, testing packaged food or the trafficking of protected species.
Wellcome Trust, Rosetrees Trust, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute, and others

Contact: Mary Todd Bergman
European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute

Public Release: 15-Oct-2015
US neuroscientists call for creation of 'brain observatories'
What is the future of the BRAIN Initiative? This national White House Grand Challenge involving more than 100 laboratories in the United States has already made progress in establishing large-scale neuroscience goals and developing shared tools. And now in an Opinion paper publishing Oct. 15 in Neuron, leading American neuroscientists call for the next step: a coordinated national network of neurotechnology centers or 'brain observatories.'

Contact: Joseph Caputo
Cell Press

Public Release: 14-Oct-2015
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
Chemical microdroplet computers are easier to teach than to design
Scientists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in cooperation with the Institute of Physics of the PAS and the University of Jena have developed the concept of a simple chemical computer made of microdroplets capable of searching databases. Computer simulations, carried out on databases of malignant tumors, have confirmed the validity of the adopted new design strategy, which opens the door to the popularization of chemical methods of processing information.

Contact: Jerzy Górecki
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Public Release: 14-Oct-2015
BMC Plant Biology
Could contaminated land actually be good for trees?
The very act of tolerating some forms of soil pollution may give trees an advantage in the natural world, says University of Montreal plant biologists. Their findings were published this week in BMC Plant Biology.
Genome Canada, Genome Québec

Contact: William Raillant-Clark
University of Montreal

Public Release: 13-Oct-2015
Manuscript at the click of a button
Data collection and analysis are at the core of modern research, and often take months or even years during which researchers remain uncredited for their contribution. A new plugin to a workflow previously developed by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and Pensoft, and tested with datasets shared through GBIF and DataONE, now makes it possible to convert metadata into a manuscript for scholarly publications, with a click of a button.

Contact: Lyubomir Penev
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 13-Oct-2015
Molecular Biology and Evolution
A dominant evolutionary theme emerges to better predict clinical outcomes for cancer
In a study published in the early online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution, authors Han Chen and Xionglei He have used a new computational approach to show that as tumors evolve, no matter what the tissue or cell type, a dominant theme has emerged. Those that are trending toward a more primitive, or embryonic stem cell (ESC) state -- have a worse clinical outcome.

Contact: Joe Caspermeyer
Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)

Public Release: 12-Oct-2015
NIH grants $3.7 million to develop new system for understanding the 3-D genome
A five-year, $3.7 million grant was awarded to a team led by Professor Yijun Ruan, Ph.D., of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine to fund research into how the human genome is organized in the nucleus of the cell.
NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Contact: Joyce Peterson
Jackson Laboratory

Public Release: 12-Oct-2015
Nature Medicine
Scientists uncover 4 different types of bowel cancer
Bowel cancer can be divided up into four distinct diseases, each with its own set of biological characteristics, a major new study reports. The research could allow doctors to treat each type of bowel cancer differently - and drive the design of distinct sets of targeted drugs for each type.
Institute of Cancer Research London, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the Royal Marsden, Institute of Cancer Research

Contact: Claire Hastings
Institute of Cancer Research

Public Release: 9-Oct-2015
Genome Biology
A better way to read the genome
UConn genomicists have sequenced the RNA of the most complicated gene known in nature, using a hand-held sequencer no bigger than a cell phone. The researchers teamed up with Oxford Nanopore Technologies to show that the company's MinION nanopore sequencer can sequence genes faster, better, and at a much lower cost than the standard technology. Brenton Graveley will discuss the research at the Oxford Nanopore MinION Community Meeting at New York Genome Center Dec. 3.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Kim Krieger
University of Connecticut

Public Release: 9-Oct-2015
American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting
Researchers study costs of integrating genetic sequencing into clinical care
Integrating whole genome sequencing into primary care and heart disease care is unlikely to substantially increase the costs of health care utilization and follow-up tests, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. On average, patients whose genomes were sequenced incurred a cost of $719 in follow-up tests and care over the following year, including out-of-pocket expenses, while standard treatment and follow-up averaged $430 per patient.

Contact: Nalini Padmanabhan
American Society of Human Genetics

Public Release: 8-Oct-2015
American Journal of Human Genetics
Genetic variation is key to fighting viruses
Using a genome-wide association study, EPFL scientists have identified subtle genetic changes that can cause substantial differences to how we fight viral infections.
Max Planck Society, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Nik Papageorgiou
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 8-Oct-2015
Researchers build a digital piece of brain
If you want to learn how something works, one strategy is to take it apart and put it back together again. For 10 years, a global initiative called the Blue Brain Project has been attempting to do this digitally with a section of juvenile rat brain. The project presents a first draft of this reconstruction, which contains over 31,000 neurons, 55 layers of cells, and 207 different neuron subtypes, on Oct. 8 in Cell.

Contact: Joseph Caputo
Cell Press

Public Release: 7-Oct-2015
UC San Diego researchers team up with Illumina to speed-read your microbiome
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine's Rob Knight, PhD, and his team built a microbiome analysis platform called QIIME (pronounced 'chime' and short for 'Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology'). This software will now be more readily accessible to hundreds of thousands of researchers around the world through BaseSpace, a cloud-based app store offered by Illumina, a San Diego-based company that develops life science tools for the analysis of genetic variation.

Contact: Heather Buschman
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 7-Oct-2015
Nature Genetics
Shaking up the foundations of epigenetics
Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation and the University of Barcelona published a study that challenges some of the current beliefs about epigenetics. Scientists have discovered that the role of epigenetics is different than normal when regulating genes that are specifically expressed during development. Published in the Oct. issue of Nature Genetics, the work is highlighted on the cover with an illustration inspired by the findings of the Catalan researchers and a Salvador Dalí painting.
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, 'Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa, European Union's Seventh Framework Programme

Contact: Laia Cendrós
Center for Genomic Regulation

Public Release: 6-Oct-2015
Biodiversity Data Journal
Novel cybercatalog of flower-loving flies suggests the digital future of taxonomy
By providing a novel taxonomic 'cybercatalog' of the southern African flower-loving (apiocerid) flies, the authors demonstrate how the network of taxonomic knowledge can be made available through links to online data providers. The information is not only available to the reader, who follows the links, but also to machines making use of the growing number of digital online resources. Their work is available in the open-access Biodiversity Data Journal.

Contact: Dr. Torsten Dikow
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 6-Oct-2015
Journal of Biological Research
Data integration or die: The importance of biologist input in efficiently sharing data
Vicky Schneider, 361° Division at The Genome Analysis Centre, along with UK and European partners, has reviewed key aspects of standards and formats of biological data to highlight the importance of data integration and management tools for biologists.

Contact: Hayley London
The Genome Analysis Centre

Public Release: 5-Oct-2015
NIH establishes 4-D nucleome research centers and organizational hub at UC San Diego
Under its new 4D Nucleome Program, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund has awarded three grants totaling more than $30 million over five years to multidisciplinary teams of researchers at University of California, San Diego.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Heather Buschman
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 5-Oct-2015
A genetic polymorphism associated with lung cancer progression
Researchers at the Hiroshima University and Saitama Medical University found that in patients with lung cancer, a single nucleotide polymorphism may regulate gene and protein expression and be associated with poor prognosis. To establish this genetic polymorphism as a useful clinical prognostic marker and to further clarify its molecular mechanism, large-scale clinicopathological studies of lung cancer and/or other types of cancer are required for additional insights.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and others

Contact: Norifumi Miyokawa
Hiroshima University

Public Release: 5-Oct-2015
Nature Genetics
Sharing of genetic data empowers discovery of new disorders in children
Four new genetic disorders have been identified by the team behind the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) Study, one of the world's largest nationwide rare disease genome-wide sequencing initiatives. They developed a novel computational approach to identify genetic variants that cause disease in young children, contrasting the DNA of children with severe developmental disorders of unknown genetic cause, with the DNA from individuals without overt developmental disorders. It was only possible because of data sharing.
Health Innovation Challenge Fund, Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health, and Wellcome Trust SangerInstitute

Contact: Samantha Wynne
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 2-Oct-2015
JAX reseachers, collaborators report on variations in human genome
A consortium of international researchers, including Charles Lee, Ph.D., of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, have reported findings from a massive research project exploring variations in the human genome, including structural variations.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Joyce Peterson
Jackson Laboratory

Public Release: 2-Oct-2015
Micro photosynthetic power cells may be the green energy source for the next generation
A novel micro-technology, which captures the electrical power generated by the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae.

Contact: Philly Lim
World Scientific

Public Release: 2-Oct-2015
NUS making waves in the brave new world of synthetic biology
The National University of Singapore launched a new research initiative called the NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation to further develop research capacity and capabilities in the emerging and fast-growing field, which has the potential to be the next engine for economic growth for technologically advanced countries, including Singapore.

Contact: Carolyn Fong
National University of Singapore

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Federal funding secured for Barrow-TGen advanced technology study of ALS
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $687,087, one-year grant to Barrow Neurological Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute to identify peptide, protein, and RNA biomarkers as indicators of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis progression.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke

Contact: Steve Yozwiak
The Translational Genomics Research Institute

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Two NIH grants boost bioinformatics research and development of precision medicine
A pair of major NIH grants will bolster bioinformatics research and strengthen scientists' ability to analyze massive amounts of data. Professor Cathy Wu and colleagues at the University of Delaware's Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology hope to further develop the 'Protein Ontology' -- a 'virtual reference library' for proteins -- and advance the development of precision medicine.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Peter Bothum
University of Delaware

Showing releases 51-75 out of 838.

<< < 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 > >>