DNA http://kplu.org en UW Team Hunts Tiny Genetic Flaws Linked to Big Problems http://kplu.org/post/uw-team-hunts-tiny-genetic-flaws-linked-big-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even the tiniest misprint in a person’s genetic code can cause big health problems, but they can be hard to find. Now members of a team at University of Washington say they’ve designed </span><a href="http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nchem.1713.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a better way to track down those mutations.</a></p><p>If you think of DNA as a twisted ladder, each rung is made of two little structures called bases, stuck together. If even one of the billions of these rungs gets copied wrong it can have serious consequences, such as which kind of tuberculosis you get.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 05:10:29 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9475 at http://kplu.org UW Team Hunts Tiny Genetic Flaws Linked to Big Problems Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules http://kplu.org/post/natural-dna-cannot-be-patented-supreme-court-rules In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_8njq.pdf" target="_blank">ruled Thursday</a> that:<p>-- "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated."<p>-- But, synthetically created "strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)" are "patent eligible" because they do not occur naturally.<p>The case, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/04/15/177035299/supreme-court-asks-can-human-genes- Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:45:12 +0000 Mark Memmott 9062 at http://kplu.org Seattle team has big role in Human Genome 2.0 http://kplu.org/post/seattle-team-has-big-role-human-genome-20 <p>It's not officially called Human Genome 2.0. But, key scientists say the research results published Wednesday should re-kindle some of the promise of the Human Genome Project.</p><p>One of those key scientists is John Stamatoyannopoloulos of the University of Washington, along with his team of about 40 researchers.</p><blockquote><p>"One of the important hopes here is that this will reinvigorate drug development that’s built around the genome," he says.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 01:29:21 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6216 at http://kplu.org Seattle team has big role in Human Genome 2.0 Tech innovation unveils Puget Sound's secret natural recyclers http://kplu.org/post/tech-innovation-unveils-puget-sounds-secret-natural-recyclers <p>Scientists have deciphered some of the secrets of one of Puget Sound&rsquo;s natural recyclers. It&rsquo;s a microbe &ndash; which likes to eat sulfur and nitrogen &ndash; and might be found near any of our beaches. &nbsp;</p><p>The technique they devised could open the door to a better understanding of microbial life that abounds everywhere &ndash; in the oceans, in soils, and in the human body. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 23:51:17 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4044 at http://kplu.org Tech innovation unveils Puget Sound's secret natural recyclers