Chipping away at the cause behind rare tumors - (Tuesday, June 3, 2014)
A new study by an international collaboration of researchers, including those from Baylor College of Medicine, has uncovered the underlying mutations in intracranial germ cell tumors, which could lead to new therapeutic targets. The findings were published in a recent edition of the journal Nature.
Evolutionary genetics and implications of small size and twinning in callitrichine primates - (Sunday, January 19, 2014)
"We study primate genomes to get a better understanding of the biology of the species that are most closely related to humans," said Dr. Jeffrey Rogers, associate professor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor and a lead author on the report. "The previous sequences of the great apes and macaques, which are very closely related to humans on the primate evolutionary tree, have provided remarkable new information about the evolutionary origins of the human genome and the processes involved."
1000 Genomes Project provides functional insights on genetic variation - (Wednesday, October 2, 2013)
"The critical lesson in a number of recent studies including this one is that when the number of genomes included in a study increases to a few thousands, we can better refine the frequency of different gene copies (alleles), particularly those that are rare," said Dr. Richard Gibbs, director of the BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center and the local principal investigator for this study. "This factor predominantly increases our discovery power for disease mutations and highlights the defining value of the large-scale sequencing efforts where a few of sequencing centers collaborate and take on major challenges like the 1000 Genomes and the TCGA."