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Tag: Dna

Researchers Explain Why Cancer Risk Is Higher In Males

London: DNA differences between men and women may explain why cancer risk is higher in males, according to a new study. In findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers have reported that loss of function in certain genes of the sex-determining Y chromosome, which is present only in men, may cause […]

IIT-H Researchers Unravel Working Of Protein That Mends DNA

Hyderabad: The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, (IIT-H) on Thursday claimed that its researchers had unravelled working of a protein that repaired damaged DNA. According to the IIT-H, any damage to DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) can cause the sudden appearance of a harmless mole to catastrophic diseases like cancer. Nature has evolved techniques to not only […]

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'Junk DNA' Affects Risk Of Inherited Cancer: Study

London: Shedding new light on why some people develop cancer while others do not, a new study has found that a person’s risk of developing cancer is affected by genetic variations in regions of DNA that do not code for proteins, previously dismissed as “junk DNA”. This study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, […]

Journalists in Kashmir hard-pressed due to restrictions on internet, mobile services

Srinagar: With no internet and mobile services in Kashmir for over 40 days now, journalists in the Valley have been hard-pressed as a make-shift media centre set up here by the government continues to be the only connection for many with the rest of the world. The restrictions were imposed across Kashmir on the evening […]

People with diabetes are at increased cancer risk; Know how

New York: Researchers have found that DNA sustains more damage and gets fixed less often when blood sugar levels are high compared to when blood sugar is at a normal, healthy level, thereby increasing one’s cancer risk. “It’s been known for a long time that people with diabetes have as much as a 2.5-fold increased […]

A gene mutation can put you at alcoholism risk

New York: A tiny genetic mutation can put people at a higher risk for alcohol or drug addiction, say researchers. COMT is the name of a gene that helps the body manage dopamine, a chemical that is released when a person drinks alcohol or takes a drug like amphetamine. The research by William R. Lovallo […]

Article 370: Headlines across media colour India’s history in their own hues

Bhubaneswar: In sync with the popular saying of “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending,” the Modi Sarkar 2.0 painted a new Kashmir on the national canvas by scrapping the Article 370 in one stroke on Monday. Unambiguously, the […]

Night shift can damage your DNA: Study

Hong Kong: Do you frequently work in night shifts? Lack of proper sleep and night-time wakefulness can cause damage to the structure of the human DNA and lead to many diseases, including cancer and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular, neurological and pulmonary diseases, warns a study. The study, published in the Anesthesia academic journal, shows […]

Your uncle's genes may decide your longevity: Study

London: The key to longevity can probably be found in the genes of your long-living uncles and aunts and not just parents, finds a study. Researchers, from Netherlands’ Leiden University and US’ University of Utah, showed that an individual’s chances of dying is reduced, even if the parents themselves did not live to be extremely […]

New DNA tool can trace your origins to Vikings

London: Think, that your ancestors were Roman Britons, Vikings or ancient Israelites? A new DNA tool can help you trace your similarity to these ancient people who once roamed the earth, say researchers. Currently the study of ancient DNA requires a lot of information to classify a skeleton to a population or find its biogeographical […]

Some nose, throat bacteria less likely to develop into flu: Study

New York: US researchers have identified a cluster of nose and throat bacteria that made their hosts less likely to get flu. The researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) looked at samples of nose and throat bacteria and used DNA sequencing to identify which bacteria were present. Analysing the bacterial composition across all samples, […]

Could DNA screening test become norm to detect genetic diseases?

New York: While adding DNA sequencing to the screening of newborns for hundreds of potential genetic diseases may help accurately identify babies who will develop a disease, it could be too early to recommend for the general public, say researchers. Every baby born in the US is given a routine blood test to screen for […]

Repurposing cancer drugs may help treat HPVs

New York: Researchers have identified cancer drugs that might be repurposed to treat infections caused by human papillomaviruses, or HPVs. HPV infections caused an estimated 266,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwide in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. Routine screening by Pap smears or HPV DNA tests has reduced death rates in developed countries […]

Ancient genetic mechanism's discovery to aid treatment: Study

Sydney: Researchers have found new evidence of advanced DNA regulation in an ancient marine organism that shows crucial mechanisms turning genes on and off may have originated much earlier than thought, a discovery that points to better understanding of genetic processes and disease treatment. The study, co-led by Australian researchers, analysed the DNA of “Amphioxus” […]

Environment may affect intelligence genes in humans

London: Environmentally-induced epigenetic changes, such as stress and adverse life experiences, to our genetic material — known as deoxyribonucelic acid (DNA) — may have a greater impact on our intelligence, a new study has found. According to the researchers, from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, modifications in the structure of a specific gene have a negative […]

Hormone intake could change DNA

London: Even small dosage of hormone intake can alter gene expression in a way that also affects the next generation, warns a study. In an experiment with pigs, the researchers demonstrated that the administration of even extremely low doses of an endocrine disruptor chemical (EDC) — an exogenous substance that has the same or similar […]

DNA on napkin cracks 32-year-old case

Washington: DNA evidence from a discarded restaurant napkin was used to identify a suspect in the slaying of a 12-year-old girl in 1986 in Seattle, Washington, police said. Gary Hartman, 66, was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with murder in the first degree and rape in the first degree, Tacoma Police Chief Don […]

Stars' 'DNA' could help scientists find Sun's lost siblings

Sydney:  With the aim to find the lost siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the sky, a team of astronomers has collected the “DNA” of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way. The “DNA” can help trace the ancestry of stars, showing astronomers how the universe went from having only hydrogen and helium — […]

'Father of DNA finger printing in India' Lalji Singh passes away

Lucknow: Eminent scientist and ‘Father of DNA finger printing in India’, Lalji Singh has passed away after suffering a massive heart attack at the Varanasi airport, an official said. Singh was 70. The former Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice Chancellor was on his way to Delhi but complained of severe chest pain at the Lal […]

Neanderthal DNA may have shaped our modern looks

London: Neanderthal genes have contributed to human skin tone, hair colour, sleep patterns, mood, and even a person’s smoking status, find a study. The study, led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, explored the “influence Neanderthal DNA might be having on ordinary variation in people today”, said Janet Kelso, […]

Prehistoric humans purposely avoided inbreeding

London: Early humans who lived around 34,000 years ago recognised the dangers of inbreeding and developed social and mating networks to avoid it, new research has found. The study, published in the journal Science, suggests that the early development of more complex mating systems may at least partly explain why anatomically modern humans thrived while […]

E-cigarettes may be as harmful as smoking

New York: Electronic cigarettes loaded with nicotine-based liquid are potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes when it comes to cancer causing DNA damage, new research has found. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat up liquid and turn it into an aerosol vapour that can be inhaled. Using e-cigarettes is also called ‘vaping’. […]

SpaceX launches Chinese experiment, supplies to ISS

Washington: US space firm SpaceX on Saturday launched supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), including an experiment from a Chinese university that will test the effects of space environments on DNA. The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft lifted off on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, Xinhua reported. About […]

Microsoft plans to store data in DNA

New York: Microsoft is planning to start storing its data on strands of DNA within the next few years, the company’s computer architects have revealed. Microsoft expects to have an operational storage system using DNA within a data centre by the end of the decade, according to a report in MIT Technology Review. Currently, one […]

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Does reading maps make you nervous? Blame your genes

London: If the very thought of spatial and mathematical tasks, such as reading a map or solving a geometry problem, makes you nervous, it could be partly due to your genes, suggests a new research. “Our results have important implications for finding specific genes which contribute to differences in anxiety between people,” said Margherita Malanchini […]

Biren Banerjee
'Odisha has highest number of oral cancer patients in the world'

Bhubaneswar: Tobacco is the single most studied cause which leads to cancer and Odisha is the biggest example as it has the highest number of oral cancer patients in the world as per the new oral cancer detection method, said Biren Banerjee, MD of in-DNA Life Science Ptv Ltd, today. Discussing the topic ‘The Current scenario […]

Phosphate-rich food can harm kidneys: Study

Washington: Phosphates artificially added to dairy and cereal products appear to cause more of an increase in blood phosphorus levels than naturally occurring phosphates, and potentially put harmful stress on kidneys, says a new study. Phosphorus as an element is crucial for life and it helps form the backbone of DNA and RNA. But too […]

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'Bee soup' could help save bees: Study

London: Crushing up bees into a ‘DNA soup’ could help conservationists understand and even reverse the decline of their population, a new study says. Research shows that collecting wild bees, extracting their DNA and directly reading the DNA of the resultant ‘soup’ could finally make large-scale bee monitoring programmes feasible. This would allow conservationists to […]

Bursting into laughter easily could be in your DNA

New York: If your wife immediately bursts into laughter after a humorous moment, while you barely manage to crack a smile, this could be due to her genes, new research says. The researchers demonstrated that people with a certain genetic variant smiled or laughed more while watching cartoons or subtly amusing film clips than others. […]

Mechanism behind human ageing revealed

New York: A new research has linked the ageing process to the deterioration of tightly packaged bundles of cellular DNA. Scientists in the US found that the genetic mutations underlying Werner syndrome – a disorder that leads to premature ageing and death — resulted in the deterioration of bundles of DNA known as heterochromatin. The […]

Why humans are affected less by retroviral infections

Compared to other mammals, the proportion of humans infected with retroviruses is less and we have fewer remnants of viral DNA in our genes, a new research has found

Researchers detect new role for proteins

New York: A study has shown for the first time that the building blocks of proteins can be assembled without instructions from DNA or messenger RNA (mRNA). A protein, Rqc2, was found playing a role similar to that of mRNA and specifying which amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, to be added in cell […]

Advance in gene therapy for rare form of blindness

A groundbreaking experiment to treat a rare form of inherited blindness has notched up startling success in early tests on half a dozen volunteers, doctors reported today