Navigation Links
Idaho researchers win grant to explore DNA frontier
Date:8/25/2009

MOSCOW, Idaho Three University of Idaho researchers will embark on an unconventional approach to DNA research as one of 20 teams chosen nationwide by federal officials for the ideas to explore scientific frontiers.

Chemist Patrick Hrdlicka and molecular physiologist Madhu Papasani, who are both 32, were the youngest researchers chosen among several hundred applicants. They will be joined on the University of Idaho team by a senior scientist, growth biology Prof. Rod Hill.

The award is the first awarded to researchers in Idaho through the Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration or EUREKA program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

The $523,000 R-01 program grant over three years reflects the team's approach as one that is exceptionally innovative and based on a novel approach that could have an extremely high impact on biomedical research conducted by the National Institutes of Health.

The Idaho team will explore new approaches to gene therapies by using locked nucleic acids or LNAs as invaders to target specific sections of chromosomes. The team will use zebrafish embryos in the study.

Their study will focus on ways to improve the targeting of the invader LNAs through chemical engineering and to show how they can affect the genes.

"We are very excited about having the support to explore this approach," Papasani said. "We are proud to be recognized as one of the teams that proposed an idea considered both exceptional and unconventional."

The researchers hope their work could help medical researchers speed the development of new drugs or lead to gene therapies that would be new approaches to treatment of diseases.

"We want to develop a chemical probe technology that binds more strongly to specific genetic sequences and can target many more sequences that is currently possible," Hrdlicka said. "If successful, this technology has the potential to treat diseases of genetic origin."


'/>"/>

Contact: Bill Loftus
bloftus@uidaho.edu
208-885-7694
University of Idaho
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Canyon County Idaho Sheriffs Office to Purchase Stinger S-200s
2. UCSF researchers identify 2 key pathways in adaptive response
3. Disrupting a destructive duo: U of T Mississauga researchers inhibit cancer proteins
4. Researchers boost production of biofuel that could replace gasoline
5. Researchers find genetic link between physical pain and social rejection
6. UTSA biology researchers demystify elusive war zone bacterium
7. UGA researchers propose model for disorders caused by improper transmission of chromosomes
8. Researchers develop new, more-sensitive assay for detecting DNA methylation in colon cancer
9. NIH-funded researchers sequence exomes of 12 people
10. USC researchers identify regulatory genetic sequences that may predict risk for prostate cancer
11. K-State lab gives researchers the tools to study porcine circovirus associated diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... March 28, 2017 The report ... (Camera, Monitors, Servers, Storage Devices), Software (Video Analytics, VMS), ... - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the ... and is projected to reach USD 75.64 Billion by ... 2022. The base year considered for the study is ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... PUNE, India , March 23, 2017 The report ... Equipment, Touchless Biometric), Industry, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022", published by ... growing at a CAGR of 29.63% between 2017 and 2022. ... ... Logo ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 21, 2017 Vigilant ... company serving law enforcement agencies, announced today the appointment ... as director of public safety business development. ... law enforcement experience, including a focus on the aviation ... his most recent position, Mr. Sheridan served as the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: ... the International Liver Congress ("ILC") 2017 of the European Association ... Amsterdam on the positive effects of PBI-4050 on ... obesity and metabolic syndrome. ... According to Dr. Lyne Gagnon, Vice-President of R&D Pre-clinical of ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... ... April 20, 2017 , ... Parallel6™ , the ... worldwide, announced today that they were named one of the 2017 Top 10 ... latest developments in the pharmaceutical industry. , “We take pride in honoring Parallel6 as ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Dutch philosopher Koert van Mensvoort - founder of the Next Nature ... Eindhoven - has written a ,Letter to Humanity, in support of ... becoming a slave and victim to its own technology, but to employ technology ... ... Mensvoort – founder of the Next Nature Network and Fellow of ‘Next Nature’ ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... YORK , April 20, 2017 ... that focuses on novel drug development and clinical research aimed ... are: Biostage Inc. (NASDAQ: BSTG), Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: KERX), ... ZIOP ). You can access our complimentary research ... ...
Breaking Biology Technology: