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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 10th July

Get your weekly dose of all of the latest genomics news and research – right here – in this week’s genomics week in brief.

Top stories from the past week

  • A new study has described a potential tool to unravel how experiences can cause inheritable changes to an animal’s biology. (Devanapally et al, 2021)
  • Using green algae, researchers have taken a major step forward in explaining how unicellular life transitions to multicellular life. (Bernardes et al, 2021)
  • New findings have pinpointed two separate mutations near the GDF5 gene that can cause knee osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. (Muthuirulan et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have discovered that centromeric sites are defined in the mother and transmitted to the next generation, even if the part of the protein that initially defines that site is absent in the offspring. (Prosée et al, 2021)
  • New research has revealed that castration of male sheep delays ageing of DNA compared to intact males. (Sugrue et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have developed and employed a patient-derived tumour fragment to predict whether patients will benefit from immunotherapy. (Voabil et al, 2021)
  • A new technique known as Optical Genome Mapping (OGM) has been shown to detect abnormalities in chromosomes and DNA very quickly and accurately. (Mantere et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have discovered the underlying mechanism of a rare genetic mutation that can cause epilepsy. (Yong et al, 2021)
  • A preprint article has shown that rare, deleterious germline variants alter age of diagnosis, tumour microenvironment and mutational burden and thus can be used to better stratify high risk individuals. (Selvan et al, 2021)

In other news

  • The UK has released a new Life Sciences Vision, which sets out a mission-led approach for the next decade to accelerate the delivery of life-changing innovations to patients. (UK Government, 2021)


  • Join us for the final webinar in our ‘Multi-Omics ONLINE’ series this Thursday 15th July at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT. This webinar will focus on data analysis and integration methods, discussing research projects that are currently underway to support researchers.
  • Make sure you register for the next webinar in our ‘Clinical Microbiology ONLINE’ webinar series taking place on Wednesday 14th July at 3pm BST/ 4pm CEST/ 10am EDT. In this webinar, we explore how genomic technologies are being used to identify and control pathogen outbreaks.
  • Join us tomorrow (Tuesday 13th July) at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT for our brand-new series – ‘Cancer Genomics ONLINE’. In the first webinar, we highlight how researchers are hunting for oncogenes and tracing tumour evolution to better understand, prevent and treat cancer.

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