Kathryn Horwitz and Jennifer Richer of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center have been awarded US Patent No. 6,750,015, “Progesterone receptor-regulated gene expression and methods related thereto.”

According to its abstract, the patent discloses expression profiles of genes that are regulated by progesterone receptors, and particularly by progesterone receptor isoforms PR-A and PR-B. Methods for using such genes to identify progesterone receptor agonist and antagonist ligands are described.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

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