Wistar Wire: Genes

Ben Leach
This month, we cover an ambitious worldwide "atlas" of all cell types in the human body and the upcoming Philadelphia Science Festival.
Ben Leach
With this atlas, researchers can link genes to almost every type of human cell.
With this atlas, researchers can link genes to almost every type of human cell.
The international consortium brought together more than 100 laboratories, including that of The Wistar Institute's Meenhard Herlyn, to tackle this ambitious, ground-breaking project.
Cancer, Genes
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Wistar President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.
Wistar President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.
Wistar President Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., takes a surprising look at a disease that is often not discussed openly: lung cancer. When the environment and behavior aren't a factor in a case of lung cancer, what is to blame?
Cancer, Events, Genes
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Long segments of RNA—encoded in our DNA but not translated into protein—are key to physically manipulating DNA in order to activate certain genes. These non-coding RNA-activators (ncRNA-a) have a crucial role in turning genes on and off during early embryonic development. They have also been connected with diseases, including some cancers, in adults. In an online article of the journal Nature, a team of scientists led by Wistar’s Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., detail the mechanism by which long non-coding RNA-activators promote gene expression.
Genes