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Could comb jellies, close cousins of jellyfish, be the earliest ancestors of animals?

Dec. 13, 2013—With their intricate, translucent shapes and elaborate bioluminescent displays, comb jellies add beauty and mystery to the ocean depths. They also have an important story to tell about the origin of animals.

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What makes us human?

Nov. 22, 2013—Using computational tools to search for the genetic basis of what makes us human, Vanderbilt Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics Tony Capra and colleagues at the University of California-San Francisco have identified promising candidate regions.

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Molecular circuits in ovarian cancer

Nov. 13, 2013—Vanderbilt researchers have used bioinformatics analysis of gene expression data to describe molecular “circuits” that drive ovarian cancer.

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Amish aid study of Parkinson genetics

Nov. 11, 2013—Amish populations are valuable for genetic research because of their isolation, shared ancestry and homogeneous lifestyles.

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Untangling the tree of life

May. 15, 2013—Vanderbilt phylogeneticists examined the reasons why large-scale tree-of-life studies are producing contradictory results and have proposed a suite of novel techniques to resolve the contradictions.

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Vanderbilt senior wins Genetics Society award

Apr. 12, 2013—Samuel Friedman, a senior from Plymouth, Ma., majoring in molecular and cellular biology, recently won a Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award from the Genetics Society of America. The award allowed Friedman to present his research at the 54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Diagnostic codes identify smoking status

Mar. 15, 2013—Diagnostic codes used for billing purposes effectively identify smokers in a general clinic population and can be used to adjust smoking status in genetic and epidemiologic studies.

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Eye disorder’s genetic risk factors come into focus

Mar. 7, 2013—An international group of investigators has identified seven new genetic regions associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of blindness in older individuals.

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Genetic testing just one weapon in HIV/AIDS fight

Jan. 24, 2013—Genetic testing has revolutionized the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. But it is not a panacea.

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Genes, nutrients interact to shape traits

Dec. 12, 2012—A new study identifies interactions between genes and nutrients that may participate in determining levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

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Genetic clues to lung scarring

Dec. 10, 2012—A rare genetic syndrome provides new clues to lung scarring (pulmonary fibrosis), a potentially deadly consequence of many lung diseases.

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Inherited lung disease no worse in offspring

Nov. 15, 2012—An inherited lung disease does not appear to have earlier onset and increased severity – a phenomenon called genetic anticipation – in successive generations.

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