Evolution of marine mammals to water converges in some genes - (Monday, February 16, 2015)
When marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, manatees and walruses moved from land to water, a series of physical abilities –– limbs adapted for swimming, less dense bones that make them more buoyant and a large store of oxygen relative to their body size – made it possible. Yet these animals made the transition from land to water millions of years apart.
In a report that appears online in the journal Nature Genetics, an international consortium of researchers that includes those at Baylor College of Medicine looked at the genomes of these four marine mammals and compared them to their closest land kin.
Genetic factors at play in cerebral palsy - (Wednesday, February 11, 2015)
An international research collaboration that included the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center has demonstrated a larger than expected role of genes in the development of cerebral palsy.
It has long been believed that cerebral palsy is the result of a lack of oxygen for a child during birth; however, the team at the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor, in collaboration with clinicians based at the University of Adelaide, Australia, have found at least 14 percent of patients in a group of cerebral palsy cases, are likely caused by a genetic mutation.
› Read full announcement in BCM news
› Read article in the Nature journal Molecular Psychiatry