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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 20th February

Another round-up of the latest genomics news and research from the past week – enjoy!

Top stories from the past week

  • An international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of a capuchin monkey, revealing new genetic clues about the evolution of their long lifespan and large brains. (Orkin et al, 2021)
  • News findings reveal how the tumour microenvironment can subvert the immune system and enable cancer to evade attack, providing new ways to boost immunotherapy. (Delgoffe et al, 2021)
  • Using an avian model, researchers have discovered that ciliopathic micrognathia results from abnormal skeletal differentiation and remodelling. (Brugmann et al, 2021)
  • New research highlights the polygenic contributions to attainment in English, Maths and Science during adolescence. (Meaburn et al, 2021)
  • Using several techniques, researchers have, for the first time, been able to track osmium in a single cancer cell, enabling them to see how single cells react to cancer treatment. (Sadler et al, 2021)
  • According to new research, almost one in five has a mutation that provides super resilience to the cold. (Westerblad et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have successfully created mini-bile ducts in the lab and shown that these can be used to repair damaged human livers. (Sampaziotis et al, 2021)

In other news

  • Researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the FDA and the AACR have released recommendations designed to address the underrepresentation of African Americans in clinical trials for multiple myeloma. (Anderson et al, 2021)


  • Join us for the final instalment in our latest three-part webinar series – ‘Microbiome Sequencing ONLINE‘ . In this series, we explore how metagenomics and microbiome sequencing is uncovering the hidden traits of the invisible world. The final webinar is taking place on Thursday 25th February 3PM GMT/4PM CET/10AM EST. Register now.

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