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Genetic Cause for Dyslexia

16.09.2003

Helsinki - Dyslexia, a learning disability affecting up to 10 % of people, may have a genetic component. By analyzing individuals from 20 finnish families with several cases and comparing previously narrowed-down target areas in dyslexic and non-dyslexic members of each family, scientists around Juha Kere identified a gene called DYX1C1 that proved to be faulty in many cases (PNAS Online, August 25-29, 2003). The gene was either disrupted or carried a stop signal in the wrong place, producing a truncated protein. The native protein might help brain cells deal with metabolic stress. The scientists believe dyslexia to be a “genetically complex condition” with other faulty genes yet to be found.

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11.02.2011

Helsinki – Using laser light to destroy tumour cells lodged in lymphatic vessels can halt the spread of cancer, Finnish researchers headed by Tuomas Tammela have demonstrated. Their approach to destroy the tumour cells, which use...

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03.11.2010

Turku/Freiburg – EU researchers led by scientists at the University of Turku have begun designing a bacterium able to produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from sunlight. “We have all the parts to put the ability for production...

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19.09.2010

Rajamäki/Darmstadt – A cooperation project between AB Enzymes Oy and Royal Oy has resulted in the discovery of an enzyme that enables washing temperature to be dropped to as low as 10° C. The project is being funded by the SymBio...

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08.07.2010

Turku – Finland’s Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has announced a cooperation with German biotech company Priaxon AG to create new scaffold structures to modify the AOC3-protein function and its ligand interaction with orally...

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09.06.2010

Tampere – Short people are at greater risk of developing heart disease than tall people, according to a meta-analysis of 52 populations-based studies including 3 million people by Finnish researchers (Eur. Heart J.,...

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12.05.2010

Reykjavik – Researchers from the Icelandic bio­tech company deCODE – together with colleagues from 23 institutions in a dozen countries – have determined that genetic factors influence both nico­tine dependence and the incidence...

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11.05.2010

Turku – Finnish Biotie Therapies Corp. confirmed that its oral phospho­diesterase 4 inhibitor ELB353 has proven safe and pharmacologically active in a Phase I study. Pharmacokinetic data point to the suitability of ELB353 for a...

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07.03.2010

Helsinki/Hinxton – Finland has pledged EUR1.85m to help create world-class bio­informatics, biobanking and translational research infrastructures, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) at the European Molecular Laboratory...

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04.02.2010

Helsinki –Finland is investing EUR1.9m in creating world class bioinformatics, biobanking and translational research infrastructures. The investment comes as part of the linkage of three large EU projects ELIXIR, BBMRI, and...

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