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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 23rd July

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

Top stories from the past week

  • Over 150,000 genomes from UK Biobank were sequenced and analysed, leading to the discovery of over 800,000 structural variants and over 2 million microsatellites (Halldorsson et al.)
  • Researchers identified a new diagnostic biomarker for laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma. (Deng et al.) 
  • A new study has unveiled shared Neolithic ancestry in southern Europeans with findings informing alcohol metabolism and immunological traits. (Raveane et al.) 
  • New findings identified molecular signatures in keloid, which could lead to new therapeutic targets. (Wang et al.) 
  • MicroRNAs were discovered to have clinical implications in diabetic kidney disease. (Park et al.) 
  • New bioinformatics approaches offered more accurate predictions of taxonomic classification of viruses. (Raju et al.) 
  • A new study found a significant association between mitochondrial DNA copy numbers and insulin sensitivity (Yang et al.)
  • Gut bacteria from faecal microbial transfers were being used to improve cancer patients response to anticancer drugs (Erdmann)
  • New insights into the mechanisms behind replication stalling in repetitive DNA were found to be similar to what occurs in leading strand DNA lesion stalling  (Casas-Delucchi et al.)
  • A novel nonsense mutation causing myofibrillar myopathy has been discovered in gene encoding for the filamin C protein (Park et al.)
  • New research has found high early life trauma is associated with shorter telomere length compared to low early life trauma (Woo et al.)
  • 4 novel mutations in congenital adrenal hyperplasia in over 1000 Chinese patients were discovered and their phenotypes predicted (Xia et al.)
  • A paper reviewing the maternal genetic factors that lead to congenital heart defects in infants has been published (Mitchell)
  • Genetically modified E. coli containing nanometre-sized sacs of drugs were used to penetrate dense collagen cells simultating tumours (Akolpoglu et al.)
  • A new gene therapy trial has concluded a single injection of FLT180 reduces bleeding risk in haemophilia B patients (The Guardian)

In other news:

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the spread of monkeypox to be a global health emergency (The New York Times
  • China has added a laboratory to its new orbiting space station currently under construction (USN)
  • Using the James Webb telescope, astronomer Gabriel Brammer has created a breathtaking photo of galaxy M74, otherwise known as the ‘Phantom Galaxy’ (ABP)
  • Researchers have pinpointed the origins of warm-blooded mammals to an enzyme that converts CO2 into formic acid that can be used as ‘fuel’ for the body (Nature)

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