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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 25th September

We have got you covered for another week with our latest Genomics Week in Brief, jam-packed with some of the latest genomics news and research.

Top stories from the past week

  • A study has suggested that atopic dermatitis (form of eczema) may stem from poorly regulated sex hormones. (Zhang et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have identified a set of anti-immunosuppressive factors secreted by club cells that can help tumours escape the immune response. (Ban et al, 2021)
  • Caltech researchers have created embryo-like structures out of human stem cells. (Sozen et al, 2021)
  • A team of researchers has discovered a mechanism by which the transcription factor KLF4 can help to organise chromatin and thus influence gene expression. (Sharma et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have found that increased signalling of the sonic hedgehog protein (Shh) could suppress debilitating involuntary movements that are a side effect of dopamine replacement therapy. (Malave et al, 2021)
  • New findings have revealed that rupturing of cell nuclei in breast cancer cells can promote tumour invasion. (Pedreira de Freitas Nader et al, 2021)
  • A new study has delved into the evolution and function of the human growth receptor gene and explored what forces have driven key changes to this piece of DNA. (Saitou et al, 2021)
  • A machine-learning algorithm has uncovered genes that enable plants to grow more with less fertiliser. (Cheng et al, 2021)

In other news

  • The team behind the Emmy-nominated film documentary Human Nature has received a 3-year multi-million-dollar grant to create educational content about the journey and wonder of science. (iBiology, 2021)
  • The NIH has announced plans to renew three awards totalling $73.2 million to continue building the ClinGen resource. (NIH, 2021)
  • A team of Geisinger researchers has been awarded a $5 million grant from the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute to develop a tool that will enable physicians to diagnose and treat genetic conditions in real time. (Geisinger, 2021)

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