Science news: May 2015

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Understanding genetics of oesophageal treatment hoped to improve treatment

Genetic insights into the development of oesophageal cancer and its response to treatment are hoped to lead to improved treatment.
23 May 2015

Cancer-associated DNA changes exist in 25 per cent of normal skin cells

Researchers have discovered that around a quarter of skin cells in people without cancer carry at least one cancer-associated mutation.
21 May 2015

Possible new treatment pathway for B cell diseases

Scientists have uncovered a potential new treatment pathway for autoimmune diseases driven by immune cells called B cells.
18 May 2015

A new genetic switch uncovered in the long genes expressed in our brain

Researchers at UCL (University College London) have discovered a new mechanism for ‘splicing-based’ gene regulation, with possible implications for brain-related disorders.
13 May 2015

Starved T cells allow hepatitis B to silently infect liver

The hepatitis B virus stimulates processes that deprive the body’s immune cells of key nutrients – offering a potential new target for treatment.
11 May 2015

Pinpointing long range genomic connections to determine the genetic basis of disease

New knowledge about the interactions between regulatory elements in our genome has implications for understanding the genetic basis of disease.
04 May 2015

Premature birth alters brain connections

Scientists hope that the finding that premature birth can alter the connectivity between key brain areas may shed light on why premature birth is linked to neurodevelopmental disorders.
04 May 2015