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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Function of gene in the first week of birth can reveal schizophrenia

Ever wondered how a particular gene can determine if you’ll grow up to be schizophrenic or not? A new study by scientists from Cardiff University has shown that it is indeed the case. The function of a gene called “Rosetta Stone” or commonly known as schizophrenic gene can reveal the functions of all the other genes associated with the disease. ...

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What’s in Parrot’s Tiny Brain That Makes Them Imitate Human Speech?

Parrots, which are close to humans in learning vocals and imitate sounds than any other species, a new study has found that parrot’s tiny brain is structured differently than the brains of songbirds and hummingbirds, which also exhibit vocal learning. Mukta Chakraborty, a postdoc in the Jarvis lab, led a project that used the activity of some of the specialized ...

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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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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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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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Gene linked to blindness discovered: report

After studying hereditary cause of eye-sight loss in a large Louisiana family over generations, scientists have revealed a new gene related to an incurable eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa as the main culprit. Retinitis pigmentosa damages the retina and its early symptoms include decreased night vision and peripheral vision and this may end up in blindness.The retina works like a ...

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8% of South Asians Carry Mutated Gene MYBPC3 That Causes Heart Failure: Study

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in the US has conducted a study that shows that up to 8 percent of people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries carry a mutated gene called MYBPC3 that causes heart failure and other heart ailments. The study conducted by Sakthivel Sadayappan of Loyola University demonstrates how this gene mutation ...

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Diesel Exhaust Fumes May Harm Genes

A new study has found that exposure of air pollution caused by diesel exhaust fumes just for two hours can lead to fundamental health-related changes in the genes by switching some genes on or switching others off. The researchers stated, “This study shows how vulnerable our genetic machinery can be to air pollution and that changes are taking place even ...

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Malaria Drug Resistance in South East Asia: Cause Identified

Growing resistance to malaria drugs in Southeast Asia is caused by a single mutated gene inside the disease-causing Plasmodium falciparum parasite, a Columbia University-led study has found. The finding provides public health officials around the world with a way to look for pockets of emerging resistance and potentially eliminate them before they spread. As per the report, though malaria deaths ...

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