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Big brain gene could inform treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

One gene in particular could be the key master for proper brain development, researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Researc

Treatment for a neurological disorder in children is all in the genes

A protein called neurofibromin and a competing pathway could be the ticket to a novel gene therapy for a rare pediatric disorder called neurofibromatosis, which is associated with autism and learning difficulties. The proposed therapy could reverse these symptoms, announced officials from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern on Monday.

Approved antibiotic could treat frontotemporal dementia

A readily available antibiotic drug therapy that happens to promote the expression of a certain neurotransmitter receptor could one day be a means of combatting frontotemporal dementia (FTD), officials from the University of Alabama Birmingham announced Dec. 3.

Genomics market on the rise

The genomics market is expected to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 7.28 percent from 2013 to 2018, according to a recent market report from market research firms Infiniti Research Limited and TechNavio. 

Blood biomarkers tip off pre-malignant cancers

Early detection of blood cancers may be getting a big push with the discovery of a pre-cancerous state of genetic mutation in lymphomas, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood diseases. The biomarker is easily detectable in peripheral blood samples, according to two major studies published online Nov. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Grappling with the genomics of Ebola

Researchers are struggling to lock in genetic analysis related to the genetic mutability of Ebola due to delayed and incomplete data from around the world, according to a review published online today in Science.

Brain DNA methylation in key genes linked to Alzheimer’s

The methylation cycles of several genetic variants—28 in fact—are associated with the hallmark neurodegeneration involved in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Some variants were found to be associated with amyloid load and others with taupathy, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in JAMA Neurology.

Newly discovered gene linked to neurodegeneration

A gene that mediates the scale of the hippocampus in both preclinical and human brains is closely associated with the pathology of a group of neurodegenerative diseases, the University of Manchester announced yesterday.

Gene therapy acts as a protector against fatal heart condition

A dangerous heart condition associated with muscular dystrophy could one day be treated with a gene therapy that protects the heart under stress. Researchers at the University of Missouri are conducting a preclinical study to develop a gene therapy that could be used for treating other heart conditions, the institution announced last week.

Demystifying DNA repair could drive better gene therapies

An integral piece of the process that goes into the repair of DNA has been discovered by scientists at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, the institution announced Monday. This information could improve gene therapies for hereditary disease.