Department of Molecular and Cellular News

A treasure map to understanding epigenetic causes of diseaseJun 3, 2019
Researchers have determined a unique fraction of the genome that scientists should focus on. Their report, which provides a “treasure map” to accelerate research in epigenetics and human disease, was published today in Genome Biology.
Dr. David Moore elected into National Academy of SciencesApr 30, 2019
Dr. David Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology, medicine and molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. 
Discovery explains breast cancer cells’ ability to adapt, surviveJan 28, 2019
A team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has discovered that breast cancer cells can shift between two forms of the cell surface molecule CD44, CD44s and CD44v.
Global grants aim to help scientists understand tumor behaviorJan 23, 2019
A multidisciplinary, international team of scientists has been awarded Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, an ambitious series of £20 million global grants tackling some of the toughest questions in cancer research.
Unexpected link found between feeding, memory brain areasJan 22, 2019
The search for a mechanism that could explain how the protein complex NCOR1/2 regulates memory has revealed an unexpected connection between the feeding and the memory centers of the brain.
Dr. Kjersti Aagaard awarded mentor award from NatureDec 19, 2018
Dr. Kjersti Aagaard has been honored with a 2018 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science.
Researchers find missplicing Scn5a alters cardiac functionSep 28, 2018
A new study shows that reproducing in mice the missplicing of gene Scn5a observed in patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1(DM1) recapitulates defects in cardiac function present in the patients.
Math meets biology to uncover unexpected biorhythmsSep 19, 2018
A novel mathematical approach has uncovered that some animal cells have robust 12-hour cycles of genetic activity, in addition to circadian or 24-hour cycles.
Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walker receives Outstanding Investigator AwardAug 6, 2018
Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walker has been awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award (R35) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Scientists develop new approach to understand Huntington’sJun 20, 2018
A team of scientists developed a new approach that provides a better understanding of Huntington’s disease and suggested new directions for developing therapeutic interventions.
Grant to fund study on gender differences in aortic diseaseJan 26, 2018
Baylor was selected to join the newly formed Strategically Focused Vascular Disease Research Network of the American Heart Association to focus on understanding the pathobiology underlying the differences in aortic disease between men and women.
G-quadruplex regulates breast cancer-associated geneDec 21, 2017
Researchers have now discovered a mechanism by which cells can regulate switching between the two proteins, opening options for the development of novel therapeutic strategies to control cancer growth in the future.
Regulating asprosin levels might help control appetite, weightNov 6, 2017
Studies into the asprosin hormone open an intriguing possibility for developing novel treatments for overweight people.
Heparin stimulates food intake, body weight gain in miceSep 5, 2017
New research suggests that heparin could be a potential target for drugs regulating appetite and weight control.
Research reveals how estrogen regulates gene expressionAug 24, 2017
A team of researchers shows how effective regulation of gene expression is enacted through the estrogen hormone.
Change in protein production essential to muscle functionAug 14, 2017
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have shed light on the process that guides the maturation of newborn muscles into adult, fully functional organs.
Researchers identify potentially safer substitutes for BPAJul 13, 2017
Researchers have identified a group of potential substitutes for bisphenol A (BPA) that lack the adverse effects typically associated with BPA. 
Scientists develop method for real-time glutathione measuringJul 13, 2017
Researchers have moved the field of glutathione research a step forward by developing a fluorescent probe that can measure real-time changes of glutathione concentration in living cells.
12-hour biological clock coordinates essential bodily functionsJun 7, 2017
A team of scientists has revealed that mammals and other organisms have 12-hour clocks that are autonomous, work independently from 24-hour clocks and can be modified by external factors.
New technique tests therapies for breast cancer metastasis Apr 21, 2017
A new laboratory technique can rapidly test the effectiveness of treatments for life-threatening breast cancer metastases in bone.