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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 1st May

We have collated all the latest genomics new and research and put it here for you to easily read!

Top stories from the past week

  • Researchers have uncovered why mutations in the TMEM126A gene lead to mitochondrial disease. (Formosa et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have created 3D organoid models of the human pancreas from human stem cells, which they hope will shed light on the early stages of pancreatic cancer. (Huang et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have argued that advanced technologies like CRISPR demand more robust and thoughtful engagement if it is to be used to benefit the public. (Scheufele et al, 2021)
  • New findings have revealed that cancer-linked mutations can accelerate the growth of abnormal stroke-causing brain blood vessels. (Ren et al, 2021)
  • A new test is able to detect residual cancer DNA in the blood without relying on tumour data. (Parikh et al, 2021)
  • New research has found that the genome of single-celled plankton – dinoflagellates – is organised in a unusual way. (Nand et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a novel single-cell CRSIPR technology (CRISPR-sciATAC) that is able to decipher the role of chromatin accessibility in cancer. (Liscovitch-Brauer et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a nanopore sequencing platform that, for the first time, can detect the presence of nucleobases. (Lee et al, 2021)
  • Two teams have discovered a new mechanism for regulating RNA maturation that is dependent on diet. (Mendel et al, 2021)
  • Researchers in Japan have compiled a genetic database for autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases – mapping the genetic complexities of the immune system. (Ota et al, 2021)


  • Join us on Wednesday 5th May at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT for the final webinar in our ‘COVID & Genomics ONLINE’ series. In this webinar, we will explore how data sharing has facilitated the development of vaccines and the progress in our understanding of the virus.
  • Make sure you join us for our brand-new webinar series – ‘Genomics in Drug Discovery & Development’. In this series, we will explore the role of genomics in modern day drug discovery and development. The first webinar is taking place on Thursday 13th May at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT.
  • Catch up on our three-part webinar series ‘Cancer Genomics ONLINE’, which explored the latest work from global researchers who are mapping the cancer genome and leading the fight against this disease.

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