March 31, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Data mining

Big data bet on the gephyrin gene reveals secrets about human history and disease

Gephyrin is a protein that multitasks – it regulates receptors in the brain, it has been linked with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases, and it means that the body can synthesize an essential trace nutrient. Using big data, computer scientists at Washington University in St. Louis’ School

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March 16, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Drug development, Healthcare big data analysis

Digital hearts catalogued for big data study

As part of an effort to create new drugs for heart conditions, researchers are combining 3D videos of beating hearts with genetic information from 1600 volunteers in a big data project, according to a BBC News report. The research is being carried out at the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Sciences

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March 11, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Big data, Big data in research, Drug development

Big data portal launched for Alzheimer’s drug discovery

Alzheimer’s disease is a frightening diagnosis, and its numbers are rising. While there are treatments available, these temporarily improve symptoms or slow development, but do not stop or reverse the disease. A public-private partnership led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could speed the rate of research and drug

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March 03, 2015 by Suzanne Elvidge in Metagenomics

Enzyme researchers use metagenomics to come in from the cold

Researchers bioprospecting in extreme arctic environments have found novel enzymes that could have major impacts in the dairy and detergent industries, according to research presented at BIOPROSP_15, a biannual bioprospecting conference held in the northern Norwegian city of Tromsø in February 2015. The Artic is home to some very extreme

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