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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 19th December

The final week in brief of the year, jam packed with the latest genomics news and research!

Top stories from the past week

  • Researchers have shown that surveillance by microglia helps prevent seizure activity in the brain. These findings could open new therapeutic avenues for several diseases, including autism. (Akassoglou et al, 2020)
  • University of Queensland researchers have revealed rare decision-making genes in cells. This discovery has implications for heart attacks and understanding how aquatic animals respond to global warming. (Bodén et al, 2020)
  • Researchers at Tohoku University have provided further insight into the foetal development of our brain and the potential causes of Fragile X syndrome. (Osumi et al, 2020)
  • New research has provided insight into how a broad network of genes and proteins go wrong in a subset of congenital heart diseases. (Bruneau et al, 2020)
  • Researchers have developed a new tool – Chem-CLIP-Fragment Mapping – which bypasses ‘undruggable’ proteins and focuses on RNA. (Disney et al, 2020)
  • New data indicates that over-nutrition can promote adipose progenitor cell senescence and also provides a mechanistic link between ageing, obesity and diabetes. (Kolonin et al, 2020)
  • A comprehensive study from Uppsala University, involving more than 250,000 women, has shown that oral contraceptive use protects against ovarian and endometrial cancer. (Johansson et al, 2020)
  • Single cell analysis has revealed distinct immune landscapes in transplant and primary sarcomas that can determine response or resistance to immunotherapy. (Kirsch et al, 2020)


  • Start your year off right by registering for the Festival of Genomics & Biodata 2021. With a host of amazing speakers and cutting-edge content this event won’t be one to miss! Register now.
  • Catch up on demand with our recent ‘Single Cell ONLINE’ webinar series, where we delve further into the technology that is giving insights into cellular heterogeneity.


  • Get your free copy of our report – ‘Biology at High Resolution – Advances in Single Cell Analysis: A Review’. The report includes lessons learned from global researchers, discussions about the clinical applicability of single cell analysis and some exciting insights into how single cell analysis is being delivered. Download now.
  • Download our free guide – ‘Sample Preparation Guide for MPS’ – which covers everything you need to know about sample preparation. Written by Professor David Smith (Mayo Clinic), this report will help you start your genomics workflow right! Download the report now.

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