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Buccal cells: best surrogate tissue for brain DNA methylation studies

A recent report published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics (Smith et al. 2014) describes a methodical comparison of buccal cells and blood as potential surrogates for brain tissue in epigenomic studies aimed at assessing the methylation status of DNA. 845 more words

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DMAP1 Project: Preamble

WARNING: This gene causes many digressions. You might need a discussion map to keep track. Here it is. Figure 1.

DMAP1 is a rather interesting “under the radar” gene. 2,278 more words


Study: Diesel Exhaust Changes Expression of DNA

Based on observing career truck drivers: diesel fumes do not cause weight loss.

Asthmatics who inhaled diesel exhaust fumes for two hours in a study booth didn’t just get itchy eyes and a headache while breathing in the polluted air.

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Exercise Changes the Expression of Your DNA

We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling.

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What's in a drop of blood?

Many conditions are diagnosed today with a blood test. For example, diabetes. Blood tests are also used for genetic testing and to diagnose early some conditions, for example, during pregnancy for Down syndrome. 162 more words