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Category: Genetics

An illustration of a liver with gears.

February 28, 2017

UNC research helps answer why genetic mutation leads to decreased t...

Doctoral student Cassandra Hayne, working with Saskia Naher, PhD, found that a specific mutated version of a lipoprotein binds more effectively to liver cells, thus explaining decreased levels of triglycerides in blood.

Genetics, Hematology, Research

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Green: NAc-projecting prefrontal cortex neurons become active during the presentation of a reward-predictive cue

February 22, 2017

Researchers uncover brain circuitry central to reward-seeking behavior

Published today in Nature, the discovery has major implications for the study of motivation, decision making, as well as addiction and other disorders.

Genetics, Mental Health, Neurology

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Chris Selby

February 7, 2017

How Life Survives: UNC researchers confirm basic mechanism of DNA r...

Findings come from an advanced DNA sequencing application developed by the lab of University of North Carolina Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar.

Genetics, Research, Studies

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Garret Stuber

January 30, 2017

Scientists illuminate the neurons of social attraction

With a whiff of the opposite sex, these hormone-sensitive neurons trigger pro-social behavior in mice and could play roles in anxiety, depression, and other mood-related conditions in humans.

Genetics, Mental Health, Neurology

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January 5, 2017

Optogenetics Breakthrough: UNC scientists expand the use of light t...

The new research technique, developed by researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has the potential to illuminate the roles of previously inaccessible proteins important for health and disease.

Eye Health, Genetics, Research, Technology, Treatment

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Kenneth Ataga

December 5, 2016

New investigational compound dramatically reduces sickle cell pain ...

The drug, called SelG1, also reduced the frequency of pain crises in people with sickle cell disease and reduced the number of days they spent in the hospital.

Genetics, Research

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November 16, 2016

It’s how you splice it: scientists discover possible origin of musc...

The basic biological process called alternative splicing proves vital in making sure important muscle cell proteins switch from their fetal forms to their adult forms. Not doing so could lead to muscle defects and disorders.

Cardiology, Genetics, Vascular Health

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James Faber

November 4, 2016

UNC scientists identify “collateral vessel” gene that protects agai...

Variants of the human version of the gene may help explain why people differ so much in their ability to survive artery blockages.

Genetics, Innovation, Stroke

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Damaged chromosomes in Atr-mutant progenitors.

November 1, 2016

Could targeting a gene linked to microcephaly lead to a better brai...

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dr. Timothy R. Gershon report preclinical findings showing promise for targeting a gene linked to microcephaly in infants as a treatment for medulloblastoma.

Brain Cancer, Cancer, Genetics, Neurology, Treatment

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Illustration of two human figures with gears showing the machinery of the body concept

October 14, 2016

Researchers find two distinct genetic subtypes in Crohn’s disease p...

The UNC School of Medicine discovery could lead to more effective, personalized treatments for the debilitating gastrointestinal condition.

Genetics, Research

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Michael Emanuele

September 20, 2016

Scientists discover interplay of yin-yang antagonists vital for cel...

Although mutated versions of the protein Cdh1 have not been found in cancers, the protein’s degradation at a key moment during the cell cycle may spur on cancerous cell division.

Genetics, Research

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