HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Powerful new tool for studying brain development

Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have given investigators around the world free access to a powerful tool for studying brain development. The Internet-based tool, called the mouse Brain Gene Expression Map (BGEM), is one of the largest gene expression maps of an organ ever developed, according to the St. Jude researchers. They say the map will likely help scientists discover the genetic origins of brain cancers, which could speed development of novel drugs to treat them.

The continual updating and completion of the BGEM Web site will be crucial to scientists. More than half of the approximately 25,000 genes in the mouse are thought to be involved in the development and function of the nervous system, but scientists have determined the function of only 30 percent of them. Many brain disorders, such as tumors and some psychiatric diseases, are also believed to be caused by gene mutations that arise during development of this complex organ.

A report on the development and availability of the BGEM appears in the March 28 issue of PLoS Biology. The Web site is http://www.stjudebgem.org/

The similarity of the mouse and human brain make this map useful to researchers who study the development of the human brain and the origin of brain tumors from gene mutations, according to Tom Curran, Ph.D., co-chair of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude. "The BGEM represents a new strategy for exchanging information among researchers that will accelerate our understanding of the human nervous system," he said. "I foresee a time when researchers will be able to do certain studies to confirm hypotheses using a computer interface that links our data to many other kinds of gene information, without the need to go into a regular laboratory."

The BGEM is a growing, encyclopedic collection of tens of thousands of images as seen through a microscope. The images are obtained
'"/>

Contact: Kelly Perry
media@stjude.org
901-495-3306
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
27-Mar-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. 28-site trial studying Chinese herb as Alzheimers treatment
2. Mailman school researchers studying link between obesity and the urban environment
3. Researchers develop new method for studying mental time travel
4. Scientists studying ways to help community college employees lose weight and keep it off
5. Draining away brains toxic protein to stop Alzheimers
6. New research discovers independent brain networks control human walking
7. ADHD appears to be associated with depressed dopamine activity in the brain
8. First of its kind report on how children with brain tumors perform at school
9. Chemical in brain acts like a fuel gauge
10. Case study: cross-cultural bioethics training program helps fight African brain drain
11. Paying taxes, according to the brain, can bring satisfaction

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/14/2019)... ... 14, 2019 , ... After many months of preparation, the providers and staff ... Allergy & Asthma. This new allergy and asthma clinic is conveniently located in the ... destination for any immunological and respiratory medical care needs. , In the new allergy ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... January 15, 2019 , ... Jeffery Nelson, ... Colorectal Diseases, Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical ... A specially designed instrument known as a suction hemorrhoid ligator is used with ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PRWEB) , ... January 14, ... ... Consultants (STC) announce the availability of the newly updated International Audit Protocol Consortium ... world use IAPC EHS audit protocols to understand the scope of their EHS ...
(Date:1/11/2019)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... January 11, 2019 , ... In ... provide free dental services for low-income, underinsured individuals at its Burleson, TX ... exams and x-rays, fillings, cleanings and extractions . For more ...
(Date:1/10/2019)... ... 10, 2019 , ... Mount Sinai Health System is hosting ... United Nations Staff Recreation Council in support of the Helen Sawaya Fund, a ... music, art, massage, and pet therapies to increase the comfort and emotional and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/14/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... January 14, 2019 , ... ... round of grants, totaling $665,400, to 16 U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits that align with ... for all, and aid for those affected by natural disasters. Located in Arizona, ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... January 13, 2019 , ... Datalogic , a global leader in the ... 10 rugged mobile computer , one of the few rugged devices validated by the ... new family of rugged Android PDA devices from Datalogic. It offers a slim ...
(Date:1/11/2019)... DIEGO (PRWEB) , ... January 11, 2019 , ... ... Festival , formerly The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, is returning to ... most popular food lifestyles. In addition to the existing Gluten-Free and Nut-Free zones, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: