Science & Research
New, robust methodology is side benefit
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --Whether or not a gene is expressed, that is, whether it is turned on or turned off, is in part controlled by a group of proteins called transcription factors. Scientists in the Myers lab at the HudsonAlpha Institute recently published results of a basic research project undertaken to better understand mechanisms that determine cell type-specific transcription factor binding.
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has embarked on a research project to analyze the genomes of 500 children with unexplained genetic disorders and their parents in order to provide at least some families with a molecular diagnosis.
Study of the epigenome searches for disease triggers
Using genome-wide analyses, researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology along with clinical and research partners at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, have released the largest published study that examines epigenetic risk pathways for lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that occurs primarily in women and is known to have both genetic and epigenetic causes. The disease may affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys.