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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 14th August

We have got you covered with some of the latest news and research across the genomics field in this week’s Genomics Week in Brief.

Top stories from the past week

  • Using CRISPR gene editing technology, researchers have provided new insights into how genetic mutations play out at the cellular level to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. (Roest et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have corrected mutations that cause cystic fibrosis in cultured human stem cells using a new CRISPR/Cas9 technique. (Guerts et al, 2021)
  • A landmark study has found that artificial antibodies can protect against malaria. (Guadinski et al, 2021)
  • A machine learning analysis has identified 50 conserved genes in both Drosophila and humans that are strongly associated with neurological ageing. (Webb et al, 2021)
  • For the first time, researchers have developed a technique that can identify proteins in different types of neurons in the brain of a living animal. (Dumrongprechachan et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have identified a previously unknown genetic program in fruit flies that controls the development of neurons and protects them from degeneration. (Izadifar et al, 2021)
  • A team of researchers has developed a new way to tag tumour cells to track how they evolve and change over time to resist cancer treatments. (Gutierrez et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have repurposed CRISPR to identify antibodies in patient blood samples which could revolutionise medical diagnostics. (Barber et al, 2021)
  • Newcastle University research offers important insights into how we could turn DNA into a data structure that could organise data like conventional computers. (Lopiccolo et al, 2021)
  • An international study has found a unique pair of gene variants that cause hypertension in pregnant women. (Zhou et al, 2021)
  • A study analysing the genomes of nearly 120 ethnic groups in the Philippines has identified that one population – the Ayta Magbukon – have the highest level of DNA derived from Denisovans. (Larena et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have uncovered the role of a gene that is critical to boosting the number of insulin-producing cells during the early development of the pancreas. (Rovira et al, 2021)

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