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Located in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, the Kunming Institute of Zoology serves as a center for research on the diverse biological resources of southwestern China, the Eastern Himalayas and Southeast Asia. The institute’s main research priorities are evolutionary genetics and genomics; conservation and utilization of animal genetic resources, including domesticated animals; development of animal models for human disease mechanisms and new pharmaceuticals; and stem cell applications.

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Integrative Analysis Identified BTN3A2 as a Novel Schizophrenia Risk Gene

  Schizophrenia is a complex, highly heritable and heterogeneous disease with estimated heritability ranging up to 80%. It affects approximately 0.5-1% of the world population and causes significant global burdens. During the past decade, the genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified numerous schizo... more
Tumor Genome as “Living Fossil” Reveals Ancient Introgression from Coyotes to Pre-contact Dogs in North America

  Canine transmissible venereal tumor (CTVT), the oldest known somatic cell line, is a “living fossil” of the original host, transmitted from its tumor cells to other canids during the mating process. Since it was shown ten years ago that living cells from an ancient host could be transmitted among canids, the ... more
Researchers Decipher Forces Shaping Maternal Genetic Landscape of Han Chinese

  As the world’s largest ethnic group, the genetic landscape of Han Chinese had been widely concerned during the last decades. Previous studies based on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variants indicated a north-south maternal genetic divergence among Han populations. However, these studies mainly based on low-resolut... more
Scientists Lead to Reveal the Molecular Basis for Heat Desensitization of TRPV1 Ion Channels
 TRPV1 is an important temperature sensing element in mammals, which can be activated by high temperatures above 40°C. However, its role in sustained heat response remains poorly understood since a rapid heat-induced desensitization (Dh) process follows a tightly heat-induced activation (Ah) phase, and its function... more
 
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  • Yingjie Wu (Dalian Medical University, China) (July 12, 2019)
  • Yongzhan Nie (First Affiliated Hospital of Air Force Military Medical University) (July 12, 2019)
  • Qiang Sun (Institute of Neurosciences, CAS) (June 26, 2019)
  • Qiqun Tang (Fudan University, China) (June 27, 2019)
  • Zhengchang Su (University of North Carolina, US) (June 13, 2019)
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    Study Reveals Why Cholesterol-control Drug Effective for Alzheimer's
    KTVZ:OSU scientist studies slimy new way to count salmon
    ResearchBuzz:Brain Cell Atlas, Dogs and Wild Canids, Food Industry, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 30, 2018
     
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