Scottish scientists are to form part of a European-wide "Network of Excellence" in research into a key area of genetic regulation, which links to an ever-growing list of diseases including certain types of cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.
Research teams led by Professor Angus Lamond in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, Professor John Brown at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Professor Jean Beggs at the University of Edinburgh and Dr Javier Caceres at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, are among 30 laboratories from 11 European countries and Israel and Argentina who will make up the network, aimed at delivering a better understanding of the problem of "alternative splicing".
Alternative splicing is the name for a process by which a single gene can give rise to different proteins and different functions. Defects in the control of alternative splicing frequently cause, or exacerbate, pathological conditions and link to many diseases including various cancers and neurodegenerative conditions.
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