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Public Release: 1-Jun-2016
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
TGen studies global fungal threat; finds six new species associated with bat evolution
A fungal infection associated with a high percentage of deaths among HIV and other immune-compromised patients is more diverse than previously known and likely spread around the world by bats. A global assessment of the fungus Histoplasma by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) found that the pathogen is divided among six species, and its spread and speciation from continent-to-continent over the past 9 million years coincides with the global dispersal and evolution of bats.

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

Public Release: 1-Jun-2016
ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies
Discovery of new IRAP inhibitors to improve cognitive functions
Researchers have discovered three new inhibitors of insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP), compounds shown to improve cognitive functions in animal models of human disorders. The new inhibitors are able to block human IRAP at low concentrations with rapid reversibility, as described in a study published in ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies.

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

Public Release: 1-Jun-2016
Biodiversity Data Journal
How the names of organisms help to turn 'small data' into 'Big Data'
Innovation in 'Big Data' helps address problems that were previously overwhelming. What we know about organisms is in hundreds of millions of pages published over 250 years. New software tools of the Global Names project find scientific names, index digital documents quickly, correcting names and updating them. These advances help 'Making small data big' by linking together to content of many research efforts. The study was published in the open access journal Biodiversity Data Journal.

Contact: Dma Mozzherin
dmozzherin@gmail.com
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 31-May-2016
Molecular Biology and Evolution
Researchers show nature conserves its most vital DNA by multitasking
The authors describe and define 'ultraconserved' as 50 base pairs long DNA elements found in all 12 Drosophila species they studied -- a comparison that is greater than the evolutionary distance between humans and reptiles. Most importantly, the authors show that UCEs are the 'multitaskers' of the genome, involved in numerous biological processes simultaneously, and this multi-layered function may be responsible for the extreme DNA sequence conservation observed.

Contact: Joe Caspermeyer
MBEpress@gmail.com
480-258-8972
Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)

Public Release: 30-May-2016
Kazakhstan weighs life sciences and precision medicine as a new economic sector
Recent advances in biomedical science and precision medicine technologies have the potential to extend healthy lifespan, and these growing industries can become a transformative power for economies like Kazakhstan that are currently heavily dependent on natural resources. A new study is underway to establish this potential.

Contact: Robert Powles
aging@live.com
Biogerontology Research Foundation

Public Release: 26-May-2016
Current Biology
Cuing environmental responses in fungi
Sensory perception lies at the heart of adaptation to changing conditions, and helps fungi to improve growth and recycle organic waste, and to know when and how to infect a plant or animal host. New results from a team led by DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers based on characterizing and then conducting a comparative analysis of two genome sequences published in Current Biology shed new light on the evolution of sensory perception in fungi.
DOE/Office of Science

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

Public Release: 25-May-2016
TGAC trains the next generation of rice breeders in Vietnam
Scientists from The Genome Analysis Centre in partnership with Agricultural Genetics Institute begin their bioinformatics training program in Vietnam to identify 600 rice varieties to accelerate crop breeding.
British Council - Newton Fund

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

Public Release: 25-May-2016
Richard Benton and Ben Lehner awarded EMBO Gold Medal 2016
EMBO is pleased to announce Richard Benton of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Ben Lehner of the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain, as the recipients of the EMBO Gold Medal 2016. The EMBO Gold Medal, endowed with 10,000 Euro each, is awarded annually to young scientists for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe. The award ceremony will take place on September 11, 2016, at the opening session of The EMBO Meeting in Mannheim, Germany.
European Molecular Biology Organization

Contact: Tilmann Kiessling
tilmann.kiessling@embo.org
49-160-901-93839
EMBO

Public Release: 25-May-2016
Self-driving truck acts like an animal
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are finding inspiration in evolution's biological counterparts in the development of a driverless truck. The first public demonstration of the vehicle will take place on a Dutch motorway on 28 May. That's when the truck will take part in a competition for autonomous vehicles, within the framework of an EU project called 'the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge'.
Region Västra Götaland

Contact: Johanna Wilde
johanna.wilde@chalmers.se
46-317-722-029
Chalmers University of Technology

Public Release: 24-May-2016
Osaka University and Chugai tie up for further advancement of immunology research
Osaka University and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. signed an agreement between the Osaka University Immunology Frontier Research Center and Chugai for collaboration to advance immunology research leading to the discovery of innovative novel drugs. With the total 10 billion yen ($91 million) contribution from Chugai, IFReC researchers will continue academic basic research and Chugai will gain access to results relating to the research projects and the right of first refusal for joint research.

Contact: Saori Obayashi
saori_obayashi@mail.osaka-u.ac.jp
81-661-055-886
Osaka University

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

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