The blood of schizophrenia patients has genetic material from more types of microorganisms than that of people without the debilitating mental illness, Oregon State University researchers have found. It is unknown whether this is a cause or an effect of the severe, chronic condition that strikes about one person in 100. “It’s a common assumption… Read more

A computer program that can comprehensively and cost-effectively determine differences in individuals’ blood types with more than 99 percent accuracy has been developed and validated by researchers. The investigators, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the New York Blood Center, leveraged the MedSeq Project – the first randomized trial of whole genome… Read more

Ground-breaking insights into how inflammatory diseases work are reported by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration with an international team of experts. The findings could eventually lead to new treatments for a range of diseases caused by inflammation, including sepsis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and Multiple Sclerosis. The team found that a protein called Pellino… Read more

A molecule called BMP4, that plays a key role in the thymus’s extraordinary natural ability to recover from damage, has been identified in a new study. The researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who conducted the study, hope to translate their work into new therapies to improve the function of the immune system in… Read more

Potassium has been identified as the key to circadian rhythms in red blood cells by the University of Surrey and Cambridge’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Red blood cells, similar to other cells in the body, have 24-hour biological clocks, known as circadian rhythms, that alter their activity between day and night. Unlike other cells… Read more