Monthly Archives: March 2019

Scientists link lncRNA leptin with obesity

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Obesity is a major public-health problem in the United States and around the world, with an estimated 650 million people suffering from the condition. One of the biggest challenges of this ever-worsening condition is figuring out why people become obese in the first place, and why some people are more vulnerable to obesity than others. Now, scientists at The Rockefeller ...

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Measures of co-expression for improved function prediction of long non-coding RNAs

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Almost 16,000 human long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) genes have been identified in the GENCODE project. However, the function of most of them remains to be discovered. The function of lncRNAs and other novel genes can be predicted by identifying significantly enriched annotation terms in already annotated genes that are co-expressed with the lncRNAs. However, such approaches are sensitive to the ...

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Teenage drinking lnc’ed with epigenetic changes to emotional center of brain

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From Genetic Engineering News A study of human brain tissue has found that binge drinking during adolescence causes epigenetic changes that could be linked with the development of psychological problems and alcohol use disorder (AUD) in adulthood. The study, headed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics, discovered that the brains ...

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