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New insights into cardiac arrest in young people

14 January, 2019

A new study could provide clearer insights into why a young person may have experienced an otherwise unexplained cardiac arrest and, in some cases, sudden death.


New discovery about how a baby's sex is determined

17 December, 2018

It turns out the process is not just about the X-Y chromosomes, but involves a 'regulator' that increases or decreases the activity of genes which decide if we become male or female.


Giant tortoise genomes offer insights into longevity

05 December, 2018 by Lauren Davis

'Lonesome George', the last member of the Galapagos giant tortoise species from Pinta Island, died in 2012 — but his legacy will live on in more ways than one.


The ancient history of DNA control

27 November, 2018

The tricks DNA uses to control gene expression — which genes are turned on and off, and when — may have originated much earlier than was previously thought.


Enzyme found to both hinder and help cancer growth

09 November, 2018

Researchers have solved a longstanding mystery surrounding the protein complex AMPK, long thought to suppress cancer by slowing cellular metabolism.


New technique for more accurate genome reconstruction

23 October, 2018

The technique will allow researchers to identify further complexity within any type of genome and provide more precise reference genomes than are currently available.


DNA repair protein protects against cancer

08 October, 2018

Researchers have uncovered a key factor protecting against age-related DNA damage, providing important clues about how the body guards against cancer.


Gene drive causes infertility in malaria-carrying mosquitoes

28 September, 2018

Researchers have successfully developed a gene drive that can cause the complete collapse of caged mosquito populations in only 7–11 generations.


Scientists assemble the cane toad genome

21 September, 2018

The breakthrough will help scientists gain a better understanding of what makes Australia's most infamous amphibian tick.


Protein found to help limit inflammation

17 September, 2018

Researchers have uncovered a previously unknown role for the cholesterol regulatory protein LRP1, showing that it also manages the body's inflammation response.


40 new genetic markers for glaucoma found

30 July, 2018

Researchers have identified 40 new genetic markers that increase a person's risk of developing glaucoma — the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide.


Molecular mechanism prevents cancer cells from multiplying

27 July, 2018

A disruption of a fine balance in the composition of ribosomes results in a shutdown of cancer cell proliferation, triggering a process called senescence.


Yin Yang protein may fuel breast cancer growth

26 July, 2018

Cancer cells are much more reliant on the Yin Yang1 molecule than normal cells, and this may drive breast cancer growth.


Why do telomeres turn unhealthy as we age?

23 July, 2018

Scientists have made a groundbreaking discovery in telomere biology, with implications for conditions ranging from cancer to ageing and heart disease.


CRISPR editing may be less precise than previously thought

18 July, 2018

Scientists have discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought.


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