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Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Current Biology
A world map of Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry in modern humans
Most non-Africans possess at least a little bit Neanderthal DNA. But a new map of archaic ancestry -- published March 28 in Current Biology -- suggests that many bloodlines around the world, particularly of South Asian descent, may actually be a bit more Denisovan, a mysterious population of hominids that lived around the same time as the Neanderthals. The analysis also proposes that modern humans interbred with Denisovans about 100 generations after their trysts with Neanderthals.

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

Public Release: 24-Mar-2016
Developing better drugs for asthma and high blood pressure
If a patient is ill and takes drugs for that illness, these drugs often lead to further illnesses and complications. An international research team from Bielefeld University, universities in Novosibirsk and Tomsk, Russia, and from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kiev are studying how to prevent this problem. Starting in May, the Volkswagen Foundation will be funding this cooperation with about €235,000 for the next two years.
Volkswagen Stiftung

Contact: Dr. Ralf Hofestaedt
hofestae@techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
49-521-106-5283
Bielefeld University

Public Release: 22-Mar-2016
Research Ideas & Outcomes
Making the most out of biological observations data
Creating and maintaining a biodiversity data collection has been a much-needed worldwide exercise for years, yet there is no single standard on how to do this. To make the most out of biodiversity data and to ensure that its use for environmental monitoring and conservation is easy and legal, the FP7-funded EU project EU BON published recommendations. These recommendations provide for consistent Europe-wide Data Publishing Guidelines and Recommendations in the EU BON Biodiversity Portal.

Contact: Dr. Willi Egloff
egloff_bader@bluewin.ch
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 22-Mar-2016
ASAA's SleepHealth mobile study app grows along with Apple
Today, the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) announced that its SleepHealth app takes advantage of improvements in Apple iOS 9.3 by being the first ResearchKit app to incorporate the new Night Shift mode into its study and wellness tool. Night Shift automatically shifts the colors in one's display to the warmer end of the spectrum in conjunction with sunset based on the user's time and location. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings.
American Sleep Apnea Association

Contact: Darrel Drobnich
ddrobnich@sleepapnea.org
202-903-6292
American Sleep Apnea Association

Public Release: 22-Mar-2016
Molecular Biology and Evolution
MEGA evolutionary software re-engineered to handle today's big data demands
A Temple University-led research team has released a new version of their popular MEGA (Molecular Evolutionary Genomics Analysis) software, one of the most highly downloaded and widely used tools used by scientists worldwide to harness large-scale DNA sets for comparative studies.

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

Public Release: 21-Mar-2016
Nature Reviews Genetics
Beyond DNA: TGen points the way to enhanced precision medicine with RNA sequencing
Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) are showing how genetic analysis using RNA sequencing can vastly enhance that understanding, providing doctors and their patients with more precise tools to target the underlying causes of disease, and help recommend the best course of action. Published today in the journal Nature Reviews Genetics, TGen scientists highlight the many advantages of using RNA-sequencing in the detection and management of everything from cancer to infectious diseases
Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation of Scottsdale, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Stand Up To Cancer-Melanoma Research Alliance Melanoma Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant

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

Public Release: 21-Mar-2016
Nature Methods
Supporting the bioimaging revolution
The rapid rise of high-resolution 3-D cellular imaging techniques in biology demands data solutions -- and EMBL is there to provide them.
Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biomedical Science Research Council, Wellcome Trust, EMBL

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

Public Release: 21-Mar-2016
MycoKeys
Top 50 most wanted fungi: New search function zooms in on the dark fungal diversity
There are many millions of undescribed fungi. As a result, public DNA sequence databases abound with fungal sequences that are unidentified even at the phylum level. Frustrated at this situation, an international group of researchers presents a search function to highlight the fungi we know the least about. The effort hopes to encourage community participation and speed up scientific progress in the enigmatic fungal kingdom. Their research is published in the open-access journal MycoKeys.

Contact: Dr. Henrik Nilsson
henrik.nilsson@bioenv.gu.se
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Wrangler Supercomputer speeds through big data
A new kind of supercomputer called Wrangler is helping researchers speed through the bumpy terrain of big data and reach new discoveries, according to a special report at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. NSF-funded Wrangler is designed to be more user-friendly with a web-driven approach to high performance computing, including data analytics. The biologists, anthropologists, energy-efficiency experts, and astronomers profiled represent just a slice of the diverse community Wrangler supports.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos
faith@tacc.utexas.edu
512-232-5771
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Optical Materials Express
New technique for rapidly killing bacteria using tiny gold disks and light
Researchers have developed a new technique for killing bacteria in seconds using highly porous gold nanodisks and light, according to a study published today in Optical Materials Express, a journal published by The Optical Society. The method could one day help hospitals treat some common infections without using antibiotics, which could help reduce the risk of spreading antibiotics resistance.

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

Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Neuron
Calcium controls sleep duration in mice
University of Tokyo and RIKEN researchers have identified seven genes responsible for causing mice to stay awake or fall asleep based on a theoretical model of sleep and on experiments using 21 different genetically modified mice, some of which showed different sleep durations. Researchers hope that their research will contribute to the understanding and treatment of sleep disorders and associated neurodegenerative diseases.

Contact: Hiroki Ueda
uedah-tky@umin.ac.jp
81-358-413-415
University of Tokyo

Public Release: 11-Mar-2016
Citizen science project draws up the first oral microbiome map for the youth
In the year following its launch, this project has brought bioinformatics closer to society, and highlighted the importance of the microbiome, with the participation of over 4,000 individuals. The results of the scientific study have revealed an initial oral microbiome map of young people, pointing to significant differences according to their geographic location, dietary or lifestyle factors, such as smoking or owning a pet.
la Caixa Bank Foundation, Severo Ochoa Programme of Excellence, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness

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

Public Release: 11-Mar-2016
Science Advances
Quality control for genetic sequencing
Genetic sequencing is in widespread use today, but until now has not been accurate enough to identify an antibody immune response. Now, thanks to a new control system based on genetic barcodes, the technique is far more reliable -- and ready for use in the development of vaccines and antibody drugs.

Contact: Dr. Sai Reddy
sai.reddy@bsse.ethz.ch
41-613-873-368
ETH Zurich

Public Release: 10-Mar-2016
Genome Biology and Evolution
Dramatically dynamic genomic evolution of a mighty mite
Sequencing and comparative analysis of the genome of the Western Orchard predatory mite has revealed intriguingly-extreme genomic evolutionary dynamics through an international research effort co-led by scientists from the University of Geneva and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

Contact: Robert M. Waterhouse
Robert.Waterhouse@unige.ch
41-223-795-432
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Public Release: 10-Mar-2016
BMC Bioinformatics
Scientists developed a robust method for analysis of intestinal bacteria
A research group from Russia have proposed a new method for the comparison of microbiota (bacteria living in and on human body; metagenome) DNA sequences. The method makes it possible to more effectively and quickly solve the task of comparing samples and can be easily embedded in the data-analysis process of any metagenome study. The developed technique allows to investigate differences between bacterial communities in our organisms more efficient and accurate.

Contact: Valerii Roizen
press@mipt.ru
7-929-992-2721
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Public Release: 10-Mar-2016
Nature Methods
Tracking the social networks of genes disrupted in complex diseases
Your personal risk of developing complex diseases such as diabetes, depression or cancer is influenced in part by genetic variants, that is, letters in your DNA sequence that differ between people. These variants disrupt networks of interacting genes in different tissues of your body, two studies published in Nature Methods and PLOS Computational Biology found.

Contact: Daniel Marbach
daniel.marbach@unil.ch
41-789-663-168
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Public Release: 9-Mar-2016
PLOS Computational Biology
'Big data' drills down into metabolic details
Rice University bioengineers have introduced a fast computational method to model tissue-specific metabolic pathways that may help find new therapeutic targets for cancer and other diseases.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 9-Mar-2016
Nature Genetics
Spotted Gar genome links humans to vertebrate ancestry
The Spotted Gar is an unusual fish whose genome sequence has been released in a recent study highlighted in Nature Genetics. This fish has surprising genetic similarities and ancestral qualities which are informative about the evolution of many vertebrate animals -- including humans.

Contact: Hayley London
hayley.london@tgac.ac.uk
01-603-450-107
Earlham Institute

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

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