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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 20th August

Check out the latest Genomics Week in Brief – full of intriguing news and research from the genomics space!

Top stories from the past week:

  • New study identifies MYB as a transcriptional orchestrator of T cell exhaustion and response to checkpoint inhibitors (Nature)
  • Transcriptomic study investigates key lncRNAs affecting postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMOP) progression (Genomics)
  • Findings from a new study show that gene inhibitor, thymidine phosphorylase, could help slow thrombosis in COVID-19 patients (ScienceDaily)
  • Functional annotation of the epigenomic profile of rat liver reveals key regulatory genes underlying short term heat-stress response (Genomics)
  • A new large-scale human genome sequencing project aims to enrol one million ethnically diverse Mount Sinai patients, in collaboration with biotech company Regeneron (Healthcare IT News)
  • New study shows that detection of rare genetic mutation showing increased levels of ceramides in families could lead to better diabetes treatments (ScienceDaily)
  • Live-seq is a new breakthrough technique that keeps cells alive during extraction to track the activity of thousands of genes across time (ScienceDaily)
  • Meta-analysis of a pregnancy specific liver disorder pinpoints sequence variation in liver-enriched genes as contributing mechanisms to susceptibility. (Nature)
  • Researchers introduce a new way to label and study the secretome in a living organism. By genetically editing mouse embryonic stem cells to encode an engineered enzyme. (ScienceDaily)
  • A recent study shows prostate cancer diagnosis can be predicted by applying a genetic risk score in primary care patients (British Journal of Cancer)
  • New resource utilising UK biobank exomes helps connect rare genetic variants to human health and disease (Science Direct)
  • Scientists uncover a new role for blood-brain barrier in neuron function and damage, opening up a new avenue for potential neurodegeneration therapies (ScienceDaily)
  • Large scale human genomic studies show that ELF5 is a respiratory epithelial cell-specific risk gene for severe COVID-19 (Nature)
  • New study shows the impact of environmental conditions on the dynamic structures of RNAs in living cells (ScienceDaily)
  • Genome wide meta analysis reveals the roles of several genomic loci in verbal short term memory and learning processes (Molecular Psychiatry)

In other news:

  • New discovery reveals how asteroid impacts have shaped Mars long after collisions have occurred by making new sand. (Science News)
  • Study used fossil evidence to create a 3D model of the ancient megalodon and estimated it could have eaten a killer whale in five bites (The Guardian)
  • Study shows that the majority of people who were likely infected with the Omicron didn’t know they had the virus (Science Daily)
  • The first known monkeypox infection in a dog could be the harbinger of other animals catching the deadly virus (Science News)

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