Molecular and Human Genetics News

Study reveals potential new strategy to prevent Alzheimer’s diseaseOct 6, 2016
Taking a pill that prevents the accumulation of toxic molecules in the brain might someday help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.
Small brain region plays a major role in the control of appetite; possible link to nicotineOct 3, 2016
A new study on the brain cells that moderate hunger opens the possibility of developing drugs to help treat obesity.
Research opens the possibility of new, noninvasive genetic prenatal testing Sep 26, 2016
Researchers have determined that it is feasible to develop a prenatal, noninvasive genetic test based on rare fetal cells that are present in the mother’s blood.
Dr. Meng Wang awarded Faculty Scholar grant from Howard Hughes Medical InstituteSep 22, 2016
Dr. Meng Wang was awarded a grant given to outstanding young scientists and researchers who have made impressive accomplishments.
Distinct neurological syndromes can be the result of variations in gene ATAD3ASep 15, 2016
A team of scientists from a number of institutions around the world has discovered that rare neurological syndromes for which there was no cause can be the result of variations in the gene ATAD3A.
Baylor and The Chinese University of Hong Kong assemble clinical genetics symposiumAug 24, 2016
The world’s top geneticists will come together for the first-ever Joint Symposium in Clinical Genetics May 19 - 21, 2017.
Unexplained developmental disorder linked to gene involved in essential cellular processesAug 18, 2016
Researchers have linked a neurodevelopmental disorder for which there was no known cause to a gene involved in essential mechanisms a cell uses to translate DNA into protein.
Rett and MECP2 duplication syndrome mice have identical malfunction in neural circuits that can be corrected by DBSAug 4, 2016
Deep brain stimulation reversed circuit malfunctions in mouse models of both Rett syndrome and MECP2 duplication syndrome.
Leaky calcium triggers brainstem blackout that results in sudden cardiac deathAug 1, 2016
Researchers report how a mutation in a gene involved in the regulation of calcium inside brain cells can help trigger blackouts of the brainstem, increasing the risk of sudden unexpected death.
Center for Genome Architecture explores 3-D structure of DNAAug 1, 2016
Dr. Erez Lieberman Aiden and his colleagues introduce Juicer, an open-source tool used in three-dimensional (3-D) genome sequencing (Hi-C) processes.