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Genes in genes help crack genetic code for Tourette syndrome

19 April, 2013

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.


Metagenomics used to identify organisms in serious disease outbreaks

11 April, 2013

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.


Genetic mystery surrounding haemophilia solved

14 March, 2013

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 Genome-TALER custom TALEN and TALE-TF services

06 March, 2013

GeneCopoeia offers several services for designing, creating and validating TALENs, TALE-TFs and other TAL effectors-based targeted genomic modification tools.


Whole genome sequencing better at tracing TB outbreaks than standard test

14 February, 2013

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.


Unlocking the genetic secrets of avian hairstyles

11 February, 2013

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.


Discovery shows genetic causes of rare bone condition

30 January, 2013

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.


Genetics discovery to help fight deadly fever

10 January, 2013

Scientists are a step closer to developing a vaccine against a fatally infectious parasite carried in the bite of sandflies.


New Australia-China centre to map entire wheat protein genome

10 January, 2013

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.


Genome sequencing method evaluation

09 January, 2013

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 Ion PGM Sequencing 400 Kit

09 January, 2013

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.


Epigenetics and homosexuality

14 December, 2012

Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate.


Sequencing systems resolve genetic mutations in over 4000 blood cancer cases

12 December, 2012

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.


QUT evolutionist out to understand a bug’s life

11 December, 2012

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.


Survival gene may be key to controlling HIV and hepatitis

27 November, 2012

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.


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