Tag Archives: Gene

Night Blindness Found in Dogs Too

Night blindness found humans is not confined to them alone but also dogs too can get affected with a form of night blindness, said researchers, which included an Indian-origin scientist. Known as Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB), those who have normal vision during the daytime can’t find objects in the night and it varies from person to person depending on ...

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Key gene causing head, neck cancers found by Australian researchers

Australia-based Monash varsity researchers have made the first real breakthrough in half-a-century identifying the gene behind cancers of the head and neck and understanding how these develop squamous cell cancers (SCC) grow, shedding new light on one of the most deadly forms of the disease. “Disruption of this key gene sets up a pathway of changes in cells in the mouth ...

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Brain ‘switch’ that stimulates appetite leading to obesity discovered

Researchers have discovered tiny genetic triggers in brain cells in hypothalamus region that can have a big influence on how the body regulates appetite or cause more weight. A protein called a transcription factor, and two small stretches of DNA called enhancers, act as triggers for the Pomc gene (short for proopiomelanocortin) absence of which can make animals and humans ...

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More sex by partners is good for offsprings to live disease-free life: Study

New research shows that the more we have sex, the better it is for offsprings as they could inherit the genes and avoid bad genetic mutations leading to less chances of developing diseases in offspring over time. Canadian researchers from the University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre have revealed how humans pass on genetic material to ...

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Protein Behind Alcoholism, Alcohol-Induced Heart, Liver Damage Identified

If there is a drug that can contain craving for alcohol, it would be a hit overnight throughout the world. That is precisely what Iowa University researchers are trying to discover and they are halfway through recently identifying the protein that causes the craving for alcohol called RGS6 (regulator of G protein that sends signals). The gene RGS6 also acts ...

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City Pollution Causes Short-Memory Loss, Lower IQ in Kids: Study

Children exposed to air pollution in cities tend suffer with short-term memory loss and lower IQ than the children who live in rural and less polluted surroundings, said a study. The study conducted in US cities also shows that children in polluted cities and more prominent among those who carry a gene called the apolipoprotein E4 allele that causes Alzheimer’s ...

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Breast Cancer: Gene Responsible for its Aggressive Form Identified

Scientists have identified a strong link between the most aggressive form of breast cancer and a gene that regulates autophagy or natural cellular recycling in the body, after analyzing two huge breast cancer databases. They found that the reduced activity of autophagy gene beclin 1 was directly linked to a higher incidence of triple-negative breast cancer and a poorer prognosis ...

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