Summit charts a course to uncover the origins of genetic diseases

IMAGE: The researchers used the new model to accurately identify clusters of gene mutations (spheres), which helped them study the emergence of various genetic diseases. view more  Environmental conditions, lifestyle choices, chemical exposure, and foodborne and airborne pathogens are among the external factors that can cause disease. In contrast, internal genetic factors can be responsible for…

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Female firefighters more likely to suffer PTSD, contemplate suicide

IMAGE: University of Houston professor of counseling psychology Consuelo Arbona provides much-needed information about work and mental health characteristics of women firefighters who make up an under-studied population. view more  Credit: University of Houston In the heavily male-dominated firefighting profession, females seem to take on a majority of stress. Consuelo Arbona, UH professor of counseling psychology…

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Developing biosecurity tool to detect genetically engineered organisms in the wild

IMAGE: Eric Young, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), is part of a multi-institution research team that is developing a biosecurity tool to detect engineered microorganisms based… view more  Worcester, Mass. – If a genetically or synthetically engineered organism is released into the environment, how will we know? How can we tell…

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