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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. Register here to watch the webinar live or on-demand.
  • 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. Register here to watch the webinar live or on-demand.


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