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Field guide to fruit flies documents these surprisingly close human relatives

Field guide to fruit flies documents these surprisingly close human relatives

October 4, 2017

The common fruit fly is often deemed an annoying household pest. But these tiny insects are a boon to researchers. Rochester biologist John Jaenike has co-authored the first comprehensive guide to fruit flies published in nearly a century.

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Firefly researchers mapping ‘world’s second-most interesting genome’

Firefly researchers mapping ‘world’s second-most interesting genome’

September 19, 2017

“Fireflies only tend to be out during the summer months in Rochester,” says assistant professor of biology Amanda Larracuente. “The end of summer is when we’re frantic about getting all our work done.” Her team is now the first to successfully sequence the firefly genome.

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Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

June 22, 2017

University researchers studying the venom of parasitic wasps believe a relatively understudied mechanism for creating new gene functions may be widespread in other species as well.

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Scientists find new gene tool for predicting course of prostate cancer

Scientists find new gene tool for predicting course of prostate cancer

December 20, 2016

Researchers at the University’s Wilmot Cancer Institute and Roswell Park in Buffalo have discovered a possible new tool for predicting whether prostate cancer will reoccur following surgery based on the expression patterns of four genes.

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Protein found that initiates DNA repair

Protein found that initiates DNA repair

September 8, 2016

Researchers who specialize in the study of aging have identified a protein that may serve as a first responder, activating a “longevity gene” known as sirtuin 6 and setting in motion a cascade of molecular first responders to repair damaged DNA.

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‘Honeycomb’ of nanotubes could boost genetic engineering

‘Honeycomb’ of nanotubes could boost genetic engineering

April 6, 2016

Medical Center researchers have developed a new and highly efficient method for gene transfer that could successfully deliver DNA into tens of thousands of cells simultaneously.

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Tracking melanoma metastasis leads to key gene discovery

Tracking melanoma metastasis leads to key gene discovery

February 17, 2016

A Wilmot Cancer Institute investigator discovered a gene that’s required for the initiation of melanoma and the growth of disseminated melanoma cancer cells in the lungs.

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Map of bed bug genome explains ick factor and some mysteries

Map of bed bug genome explains ick factor and some mysteries

February 2, 2016

Jack Werren, an evolutionary geneticist and professor of biology at the University of Rochester and a member of the research team, says the idea of the project is “to promote the understanding of insect.”

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Scientists map genome of common bed bug

Scientists map genome of common bed bug

February 2, 2016

“There’s an explosion of insect genome sequencing right now,” said Jack Werren, a professor of biology and a member of the research team. “But the bed bug is particularly interesting because it’s a human parasite, a major pest, and has a unique biology.”

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Researchers receive $1.4M to study gene therapy, DNA delivery

Researchers receive $1.4M to study gene therapy, DNA delivery

December 2, 2014

In order for gene therapy to be effective, doctors must discern how to deliver DNA to a cell’s nucleus. Medical Center researchers are embarking on a study to unravel this roadblock to new treatments for diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

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