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BACKGROUND Most of the heritable risk of glioma is presently unaccounted for by mutations in known genes. In addition to rare inactivating germline mutations in TP53 causing glioma in the context of the Li-Fraumeni syndrome, polymorphic variation in TP53 may also contribute to the risk of developing glioma. METHODS To comprehensively evaluate the impact(More)
This paper investigates the fixed-time consensus problem under directed topologies. By using a motion-planning approach, a class of distributed fixed-time algorithms are developed for a multi-agent system with double-integrator dynamics. In the context of the fixed-time consensus, we focus on both directed fixed and switching topologies. Under the directed(More)
This paper studies the distributed average tracking problem for multiple time-varying signals generated by linear dynamics, whose reference inputs are nonzero and not available to any agent in the network. In the edge-based framework, a pair of continuous algorithms with, respectively, static and adaptive coupling strengths are designed. Based on the(More)
This technical note addresses the distributed fixed-time consensus protocol design problem for multi-agent systems with general linear dynamics over directed communication graphs. By using motion planning approaches, a class of distributed fixed-time consensus algorithms are developed, which rely only on the sampling information at some sampling instants.(More)
Height is an important concern in human mate choices. Prior research indicates that people who live in areas with abundant resources differ from those who live in areas with scarce resources regarding height preferences. Based on a health-maximizing principle, we propose a resource availability account for such differences. Compared with women's height(More)
Individuals are consistently observed to be risk-averse over gains and risk-seeking over losses. This study examined whether increased social distance would change these behavioral patterns. To test our hypothesis, social distance was manipulated by asking the participants to make decisions either for themselves or for another person (Experiment 1), either(More)
SOX7 as a tumor suppressor belongs to the SOX F gene subfamily and is associated with a variety of human cancers, including breast cancer, but the mechanisms involved are largely unclear. In the current study, we investigated the interactions between SOX7 and AXIN2 in their co-regulation on the Wnt/β-catenin signal pathway, using clinical specimens and(More)
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DQB1 gene are associated with chronic inflammatory and immunological diseases. Host genetic factors have a key role in the development of chronic hepatitis B (CHB). The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between the HLA-DQB1 polymorphisms and the susceptibility to(More)