Source: Baylor College of Medicine Summary: Disturbing the normal function of microRNAs can lead to altered expression of their target genes, and this has been associated with a wide variety of human diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular and developmental diseases.   More Information: Ninad Oak et al, “Framework for microRNA variantRead More →

Extracellular RNA

Source: Rockefeller University Summary: Researchers have devised an improved method for isolating and identifying tiny fragments of RNA in human blood products. A timely and accurate diagnosis is the critical first step in treating everything from strokes to cancer. Today, doctors often rely on biomarkers, such as cardiac troponin, the protein thatRead More →

Improved Liquid Biopsies for detecting diseases

Source: University of Texas at Austin Summary: Researchers are developing a novel tool for a liquid biopsy which can provide doctors with an entire picture of an individual’s disease. A set of medical tests called liquid biopsies are being developed by the researchers. Liquid biopsies are a simple and non-invasive alternative toRead More →

Nanoparticle delivery of CRISPR

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summary: Researchers in a new study developed nanoparticles which can deliver the CRISPR genome-editing system and help in modifying genes specifically. CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a genome editing system which contains a DNA-cutting enzyme called Cas9 and short RNA that helps in guiding the enzymeRead More →

Recover from the edge of cell death

Source: University of California, Santa Barbara Summary: Researchers explore the molecular underpinnings behind anastasis, a process allows the cells to recover from the verge of programmed death (apoptosis). A team of researchers from two UC Santa Barbara labs (Denise Montell’s lab and Kosik Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Lab) came together to explore theRead More →