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Ecological forces structure your body’s personal mix of microbes

Researchers hope to build a predictive model of the human microbiome to study what affects this massive biological system and to design ways to manipulate the microbiome to achieve desired clinical outcomes.

Functional genomics lab to predict potential AIDS vaccines efficacy and find protection markers

Funded by the NIH at $15 million over five years, the lab will be a national resource to evaluate candidate vaccines from studies around the country.

Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race

Low vitamin D levels are linked to higher risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks or Hispanics. The findings underscore the importance of designing medical research that includes a diverse ethnic and racial makeup of participants.

Great ape genetic diversity catalog frames primate evolution and future conservation

A model of great ape history during the past 15 million years has been fashioned through the study of genetic variation in a large panel of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.

U.S. Supreme Court decision to bar gene patents opens genetic test options

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision June 13 to bar the patenting of naturally occurring genes opens up important clinical testing options for a variety of diseases.

Practicing medicine pharma-free in a drug rep-filled world

A rural family medicine group is an example for other community physicians seeking to wean themselves from pharmaceutical industry influence.

Tactics of new Middle East virus suggest treating by altering lung cells’ response to infection

The Erasmus virus resets 207 genes in lung cells to hamper the cells’ ability to launch an antiviral reaction. Available drugs might correct this sabotage.

Tuberculosis fighter and promoter reveals what’s behind its split identity

Latest research findings suggest the possibility of reverting TB hyper-susceptibility to TB hyper-resistance.

Brain cell signal network genes linked to schizophrenia risk in families

The genetic variants disturb the functioning of the same brain signal receptors affected by hallucinogenic drugs.

Head-on collisions between DNA-code reading machineries accelerate gene evolution

Bacteria speed up their evolution by positioning specific genes along the route of expected traffic jams in DNA encoding. Collisions can result in mutations.

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