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Enzyme Removes N6-DMAD Critical for Brain Development

Scientists have identified a function for a mysterious DNA modification in fruit flies' brain development, which may provide hints to its role in humans. Emory scientists have identified a function for a mysterious DNA modification in fruit flies' brain development, which may provide hints to its role in humans. The study was published in Molecular Cell.

Repeating Patterns Of Bone Minerals In Human Bone

Researchers have found that repeating patterns of bone minerals go deeper and smaller than previously thought. Bone is mostly made of the flexible protein collagen and the hard mineral apatite. The two elements are arranged in nested repeating patterns from the smaller to the larger scale, eventually influencing the overall structure of bone. The study was published in the journal Science.

Forensic DNA Profiling: NIST Builds Statistical Foundation for Next-Generation

When experts compare the DNA left at a crime scene with the DNA of a suspect, they generate statistics that describe how closely those DNA samples match. These match statistics are reliable because they're based on rigorous scientific research.

However, that research only applies to DNA fingerprints, also called DNA profiles, that have been generated using current technology. Now, scientists have laid the statistical foundation for calculating match statistics when using Next Generation Sequencing, or NGS, which produces DNA profiles that can be more useful in solving some crimes.

People Plan For The End-Of-Life In Dying

A study determines that Dying To Know Day Exists To Get people talking and take action toward planning for the end of life. A NATIONAL day of action is encouraging Australians not to wait to talk about death. The Mid North Coast Local Health District is joining the conversation this Dying to Know Day on August 8.

Patients Undergoing Surgery Is Difficult To Wake Up During A General Anesthetic

Accidental awareness (when a patient becomes conscious during a general anesthetic) is an incredibly important issue to both patients and anesthetists. Patients undergoing surgery can be assured that it is highly uncommon to wake up during a general anesthetic.

The largest ever research study (NAP5) performed on this topic was carried out in 2014 by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. It showed that approximately one person in 20,000 reported awareness, and it most commonly occurred before surgery started or after it finished.