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Tag: Biochemistry and Biophysics

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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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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Nikolay Dokhoylan

December 28, 2015

Study opens new door for ALS drug discovery

For the first time, scientists pin down the structure of toxic clumps of a protein associated with a large number of ALS cases, opening new avenues in the pursuit of drugs to stem the disease.

ALS, Research, Studies, Treatment

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Qi Zhang

December 9, 2015

Motion Pictures of Micro Anatomy

Qi Zhang, PhD, earned a Jefferson-Pilot Award for his groundbreaking techniques that allow him to create videos of the tiniest bits of the stuff that make us human.

Awards

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July 6, 2015

UNC researchers find two biomarkers linked to severe heart disease

The finding published in PLoS One suggests that elevated oxidized LDL cholesterol and fructosamine – a measure of glycated proteins in blood sugar – are signposts for the development of severe coronary disease, especially in females.

Cardiology, Genetics

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Richard Wolfenden

June 1, 2015

New evidence emerges on the origins of life on Earth

University of North Carolina researchers provide evidence for how the genetic code developed in two distinct stages to help primordial chemicals evolve into cells.

Genetics, Research

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Aziz Sancar

May 1, 2015

UNC researchers create DNA repair map of the entire human genome

The new experimental assay can help scientists find the precise locations of repair of DNA damage caused by UV radiation and common chemotherapies. The invention could lead to better cancer drugs or improvements in the potency of existing ones.

Genetics, Research

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Ron Swanstrom

March 18, 2015

Researchers identify timeline for HIV replication in the brain

A new study in PLoS Pathogens shows that HIV can infect the brain early on and should be combated as soon as possible with antiretroviral therapy to limit risk of dementia

HIV/AIDS, Research

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Wolfgang Bergmeier

February 23, 2015

Scientists find a key protein that allows Plavix to conquer platelets

The findings could lead to more personalized approaches to controlling platelet activity during heart attacks and other vascular emergencies and diseases. Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, member of the McAllister Heart Institute at UNC, is senior author of the paper.

Cardiology, Studies, Vascular Health

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Robert Duronio

February 9, 2015

Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the hist...

Scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill have created a new way to investigate epigenetic mechanisms important in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancers.

Genetics, Research, Technology

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September 18, 2014

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpos...

By deleting the NrCAM gene, scientists have found a potential way to cut back on the neural connections implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism, Genetics, Research

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