New evidence elucidates the mystery of the genetic basis of Tourette syndrome (TS) that has puzzled medical researchers for over a century. This remarkable discovery linking genes, brain, mind and behaviour provides unparalleled insight into the biological basis of human behaviour.
Researchers have been able to reconstruct the genome sequence of an outbreak strain of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) that caused over 50 deaths in Germany. They used an approach known as metagenomics, which bypasses the need for growing bacteria in the lab.
UNSW’s Dean of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has found the third and final missing piece in the genetic puzzle of an unusual form of haemophilia, more than 20 years after he discovered the first two pieces.
GeneCopoeia offers several services for designing, creating and validating TALENs, TALE-TFs and other TAL effectors-based targeted genomic modification tools.
A new form of genetic testing of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis can provide better information on TB transmission and also trace TB outbreaks more accurately than the current standard test, according to a study from Germany published in this week’s PLOS Medicine.
Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor Thomas Gilbert is part of an international team that has helped decode the genetic blueprint of the common pigeon (Rock Pigeon/Feral Pigeon) in a breakthrough that sheds light into the minute building blocks of evolution.
Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered two new genetic causes of craniosynostosis, a rare bone condition that can inhibit brain growth in children.
Scientists are a step closer to developing a vaccine against a fatally infectious parasite carried in the bite of sandflies.
A new joint research centre at Murdoch University is aiming to improve international competitiveness for Australian grain growers by mapping the entire wheat protein genome.
Advances in biotechnologies and computer software have helped make genome sequencing much more common than in the past. But still in question are both the accuracy of different sequencing methods and the best ways to evaluate these efforts. Now, computer scientists have devised a tool to better measure the validity of genome sequencing.
Life Technologies Corporation has announced a 400 base-pair sequencing kit for the Ion PGM Sequencer. The kit is claimed to read 60% longer than comparable high-throughput benchtop sequencers.
Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate.
At the 2012 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, Roche announced the presentation of results from the large-scale study IRON-II through an international research consortium. Based on next-generation 454 Sequencing Systems from Roche, the study aims to characterise selected genes in individuals with a wide range of haematological malignancies.
Dr Stephen Cameron, a Research Fellow from Queensland University of Technology’s Science and Engineering Faculty, has been awarded a Future Fellowship worth almost $700,000 to analyse genomic data to find out how insects evolved and, in doing so, come to a greater understanding of what makes insects such a successful branch on the tree of life.
A newly discovered gene that is essential for embryo survival could also hold the key to treating and potentially controlling chronic infections such as HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis.