For ME/CFS Patients, Viral Immunities Come at a Devastating, Lifelong Cost

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and three German universities describe an underlying biological basis for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, illustrating how efforts by the body to boost immune system protections can come at physiological cost elsewhere.

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NEI researchers link age-related DNA modifications to susceptibility to eye disease

National Eye Institute (NEI) researchers profiling epigenomic changes in light-sensing mouse photoreceptors have a clearer picture of how age-related eye diseases may be linked to age-related changes in the regulation of gene expression. The findings, published online April 21 in Cell Reports, suggest that the epigenome could be targeted as a therapeutic strategy to prevent leading causes of vision loss, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Study provides new understanding of mitochondria genome with potential for new avenues of treatment for multiple cancers

A study led by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center furthered understanding about mitochondria, the cell components known as the “powerhouse of the cell.” Knowing more about the genome is crucial given that mitochondria play important roles in tumorigenesis.

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Subtle Mitochondrial DNA Mutations Alter Expression of Nuclear Genes, with Profound Clinical Effects

Subtle changes in the DNA of mitochondria, the tiny power plants in cells, can have profound consequences for a patient’s health. Research on biological mechanisms suggests that relatively minor changes in mitochondrial energy flow and metabolism could offer significant future benefits to patients with complex diseases.

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