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Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs

Work on gene therapy is showing significant progress for restoring muscle strength and prolonging lives in dogs with a previously incurable, inherited neuromuscular disease.

Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs

Work on gene therapy is showing significant progress for restoring muscle strength and prolonging lives in dogs with a previously incurable, inherited neuromuscular disease.

New insights into human rare disorders with dogs

Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group at the University of Helsinki has discovered three novel canine genes for Caffey, Raine and van den Ende-Gupta syndromes.

How two-tone cats get their patches comes to light in cell study

Scientists have discovered how the distinctive piebald patches seen in black and white cats and some horses are formed in the womb.

Are the blueprints for limbs encoded in the snake genome?

Hundreds of millions of years ago, a common ancestor of mammals, birds, and reptiles evolved a phallus.

Ancient viruses regenerated from 700-year-old frozen reindeer poop

Our knowledge of long-dead viruses is limited by their poor preservation in ancient specimens. Now, molecular genetics shows it is possible to regenerate them from frozen samples.

Texas A&M research sheds light on genetic causes underlying the disqualification of two elite American Standardbred pacers

A DNA mutation that can lead to horses being genetically male, but female in appearance, may explain at least two cases of controversial sexual identity, according to research led by professors…

Mouse study: promiscuous moms have more alluring sons

In the world of mice, male attractiveness does not rely on the amount of cheddar owned or the ability to quote Shakespeare on cue. It all comes down to pheromones in urine, and a recent study suggests that sons of promiscuous mice moms make more urinar…

Identification of new dwarfism mutation in dogs also has implications for humans

Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group at the University of Helsinki and Folkhalsan Research Center has identified a mutation in ITGA10 gene, causing chondrodysplasia in two dog breeds, the Norwegian Elkhound and the Karelian Bear Dog. The research rev…

Discovery of gene may lead to therapy for a retinal disease

Newly-reported findings by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) provide the first phenotypic evidence that a mutated gene causes one form of progressive retinal atrophy in papillon dogs. Progressive retinal atrophy is analogous to one of the …

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