Topic: Genetics

Partly Human Yeast Show A Common Ancestor’s Lasting Legacy

May 21, 2015
Microscope image reveals internal organization of yeast cell

Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker’s yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on nearly unchanged in them both, say biologists at UT Austin. 

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New Protein Booster May Lead to Better DNA Vaccines and Gene Therapy

March 5, 2015

Scientists have discovered a new way to manipulate how cells function, a finding that might help advance an experimental approach to improving public health: DNA vaccines, which could be more efficient, less expensive and easier to store than traditional vaccines.

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Alcohol Abuse Linked to Newly Identified Gene Network

Dec. 2, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have identified a network of genes that appear to work together in determining alcohol dependence. The findings, which could lead to future treatments and therapies for alcoholics and possibly help doctors screen for alcoholism, are being published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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The Texas Longhorn Genome Decoded

March 26, 2013

Texas Longhorn cattle have a hybrid global ancestry, according to a study by University of Texas at Austin researchers published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Cracking the Genetic Code of Brain Tumors

Sept. 28, 2012
Cracking the Genetic Code of Brain Tumors

Every tumor is genetically unique. Better understanding of specific mutation patterns could lead to personalized treatments for patients with deadly brain tumors known as glioblastomas.

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