Monday, October 3, 2011

In quest for new therapies, clinician-scientist team unlocks hidden information in human genome

The article talks about how a science researcher and a physician team up in order to study genetic mutations in the human genome to see if these mutations caused diseases. The two, analyzed how the "lock and key" mutation takes place: "the 'lock' – a segment of DNA known as the CArG box – and the 'key' – a protein known as SRF – come together or bind, they unlock the ability of a cell to turn on a gene." The results of their research left unclear which disease the mutations affected although the two were able to link certain mutations to other health issues such as type 2 diabetes. The goal is to find out the issues and solve them at the molecular level so that people with not have to have certain life-threatening diseases.

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