Jun 16, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Child leukemias are mistakes in DNA rearrangement
Certain pediatric leukemias share a common underlying cause with those leukemias induced as a result of therapeutic treatment — referred to as 'treatment-related secondary leukemias.' Both diseases involve translocations in the KMT2A gene.
Jun 15, 2017-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
LRP4 molecule critical to synapse
A receptor molecule involved in creating the excitatory synaptic junction offers a new way to examine how the brain forms. And perhaps a way to modify brain confusion.
Jun 14, 2017-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
A fathers' age & lifestyle associated with birth defects
Increasingly, research is showing an association between birth defects and a father's age, his alcohol use and other environmental factors, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. These defects result from epigenetic (or 'outside of the genome') alterations that can potentially affect continuing generations.
Jun 13, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
How the brain recognizes what the eye sees
Self-driving cars are on the way. But, programming computers to recognize objects is still very challenging, especially as scientists aren't fully aware of how our own brains separate complex visual stimuli.
Jun 12, 2017------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
3D skin fixes backbone birth defect in rat pups
Myelomeningocele is a severe congenital defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth, putting affected babies at risk for lifelong neurologic problems. In a preclinical study, researchers developed a stem cell-based therapy for generating skin grafts to cover myelomeningocele defects before birth. They first generated artificial skin from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and then successfully transplanted the skin grafts into rat fetuses with myelomeningocele.