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  • Parallel sequencing reveals new genetic variants of Toll-like receptors in dogs and wolves

    Using massive parallel sequencing of DNA from dogs and wolves, the authors have found 155 new genetic variants of canine Toll-like receptors, primary sensors of pathogens in the body.

    Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2014, 1:11
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    Race and sex disparities occur in AMI

    In an analysis of patient records in the US, hospitalization and mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have declined overall in the past 18 years, but race and sex disparities remain, suggesting that further efforts to improve equity are required.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:190
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    An inevitable reemergence of network synchrony

    Neuromodulators disrupt the network synchrony characteristic of cortical neurons in culture - but not for ever. Even with a dose-calibrated application, synchrony reemerges after about 12 hours and a withdrawal period is needed to restore efficacy.

    BMC Biology 2014, 12:83
  • Trouble at the races

    Mark Jobling addresses concerns over misinterpreting population genetics research, and it's potential to exacerbate racism.

    Investigative Genetics 2014, 5:14
  • Meta-analysis of human methylomes

    New evidence that methylation beyond the CpG island could play a role in gene expression.

    Epigenetics & Chromatin 2014, 7:28
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    Multimorbidity common in southern China

    Multimorbidity occurs in over 10% of survey respondents in southern China, and secondary care is used preferentially over primary care by those with multimorbidities, suggesting that a stronger primary care system needs to be developed for these patients.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:188
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    A rift among giraffes

    Analysis of giraffe mitochondrial DNA supports the existence of an ancient rift valley that once separated populations in southern Africa and created the genetically distinct subspecies seen today; results with implications for both giraffe conservation and taxonomy.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:219
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    Remembering the forgotten NCDs

    In this forum article, experts discuss non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that, despite causing significant health issues, do not receive the attention they deserve, highlighting the need for higher global health priority to reduce the burden of disease.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:200
  • How do embryonic stem cells differentiate?

    Epigenetic modifications such as histone and DNA methylation are essential for silencing pluripotency genes. A critical step is identified for the self-renewal and differentiation of embryonic stem cells.

    Epigenetics & Chromatin 2014, 7:27
  • Informed Consent and Ethical Re-Use of African Genomic Data

    Explaining why ethics and informed consent processes for genomic studies need to be more transparent in the case of vulnerable African populations.

    Human Genomics 2014, 8:18
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