NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Canadian research team has found a gene mutation that can be directly connected to some patients' development of multiple sclerosis.

MS is a neurodegenerative disease in which the myelin that protects nerve fibers are attacked by the body's immune system, upsetting the flow of information between the brain and the body. It affects 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health, and there are few treatments available to patients diagnosed with the more severe and progressive form of the disease.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.

Dec
12
Sponsored by
Illumina

This webinar will discuss the use of shotgun metagenomics to identify children at risk of hospital-acquired infection.

Jan
31
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar highlights the use of single-cell genomics to identify distinct cell types and states associated with enhanced immunity.