Study shows the microRNA miR-19 helps budding adult brain cells stay on track - A small stretch of ribonucleic acid called microRNA could make the difference between a healthy adult brain and one that’s prone to disorders including schizophrenia. Scientists at the Salk Institute discovered that miR-19 guides the placement of new neurons in the adult brain, and the … [Read more...] about Small molecule keeps new adult neurons from straying, may be tied to schizophrenia
Although most DNA is packaged in chromosomes within the nucleus, mitochondria also have a small amount of their own DNA. This genetic material is known as mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA. Mitochondria are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that cells can use. Each cell contains hundreds to thousands of mitochondria, which are located in the … [Read more...] about What is Mitochondrial DNA?
Research student Kimberley Bexon's passion for DNA analysis means she is playing a key role in a project at the University of Huddersfield that should be a major aid in the investigation of sex offences. Now she is to receive financial backing from the Chartered Society of Forensic Science (previously known as the Forensic Science Society), which has awarded her a … [Read more...] about Pioneering Forensics Research into Body Fluids in Sexual Assaults