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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 20th March

Check out our latest Genomics week in brief – jam-packed with all the latest genomics news and research, all in one place!

Top stories from the past week

  • New study demonstrates how certain proteins alter the architecture of the X chromosome, which ultimately contribute to its inactivation. (Kriz et al, 2021)
  • Renal fibrosis leads to kidney failure and can only be treated by dialysis. Now, researchers are seeking to treat renal fibrosis by acting on telomere shortening – demonstrating that short telomeres are at the origin of this disease. (Blasco et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have found an epigenetic mechanism that is contributing to lifelong stress susceptibility, and can be reversed in animal models using a small-molecule inhibitor. (Nestler et al, 2021)
  • A recent study has investigated circulating small noncoding RNAs in Parkinson’s disease patients, revealing hallmarks and regulatory modules of the transcriptome involved during disease progression. (Keller et al, 2021)
  • According to a new study, a high tumour mutational burden is only useful for predicting clinical responses to immune checkpoint inhibitors in a subset of cancer types. (Lin et al, 2021)
  • A new research paper has shown a clear advantage of the use of genetic testing in helping healthcare providers choose the appropriate anti-platelet drug. (Pereira et al, 2021)
  • Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new technique that has enabled them to discover new genetic differences between humans and chimpanzees. (Fraser et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have identified and characterised two regions of DNA that are required for the proper expression of Mecp2/MECP2 in mice and humans. (Zoghbi et al, 2021)
  • A UCLA-led research team has identified a chemical cocktail that enables the production of large numbers of muscle stem cells. These stem cells can self-renew and give rise to all types of skeletal muscle cells. (Li et al, 2021)
  • New research led by Baylor College of Medicine has explored how rare genetic variants contribute to increased risk of lung cancer. (Amos et al, 2021)

In other news

  • Jessica Richman and Zachary Apte, co-founders of uBiome Inc., were charged last week with defrauding investors out of $60 million by falsely portraying uBiome as a successful start-up. (SEC, 2021)


  • Join us for the final webinar in our brand-new webinar series – ‘Next-Gen PCR ONLINE’. The webinar is taking place on Thursday 25th March at 3PM GMT/4PM CET/11AM EDT. In this series, we highlight how next-gen PCR methods can impact modern science. Register now.
  • Make sure you catch up on our latest webinar series – ‘Microbiome Sequencing ONLINE‘. In this series, we explored how metagenomics and microbiome sequencing is uncovering the hidden traits of the invisible world. To watch the webinars on-demand register now.

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