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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 19th June

Here, is a summary of all of the latest genomics news and research from the past week!

Top stories from the past week

  • Researchers have built the RNA Atlas – one of the most comprehensive catalogues of the human transcriptome ever. (Lorenzi et al, 2021)
  • A new study has explored how protein and signalling pathways change in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. (Morshed et al, 2021)
  • A team of scientists has created a key building block for assembling a synthetic kidney. (Zeng et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have used mice to explore the effects of mutations in FSIP2, a component of the fibrous sheath, in male infertility. (Fang et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have deciphered the details of immune cell activation, specifically of the CCR5 receptor. (Isaikina et al, 2021)
  • A new study has found specialised bacteria in the ocean seabed that consume and recycle nucleic acids from dead biomass. (Wasmund et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have found that a protein that facilitates DNA repair – the PrimPol protein – may potentiate chemotherapy. (González-Acosta et al, 2021)
  • A team of researchers has identified in mice the specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex. (Li et al, 2021)
  • Nanoengineers have developed immune cell-mimicking nanoparticles that target inflammation in the lungs and deliver drugs directly to inflamed lungs. (Park et al, 2021)
  • Max Planck researchers have revealed how immune cells coordinate their swarming behaviour to eliminate pathogens effectively together. (Kienle et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a new technology that enables them to introduce target genes in a controlled manner and thereby control processes in individual selected cells. (Hörner et al, 2021)


  • Join us tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd June) at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT for a webinar titled: ‘Reimagine neuroscience with single cell and spatial multiomics’. In this webinar, we delve into how single cell and spatial technologies are transforming neurobiological research.
  • Make sure you join us for the final webinar in our ‘Single Cell & Spatial Omics ONLINE’ series. The webinar is taking place on Thursday 24th June at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT and will highlight research that is providing deeper insights into complex systems.

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