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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 26th June

We have compiled all of the most recent genomics news and research from over the past week and put it here for you!

Top stories from the past week

  • New findings have revealed that the fat mass- and obesity-associated (FTO) protein plays a key role in the process of cancer metastasis. (Jeschke et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a method to detect and adjust population structure in large genetic databases. (Arriaga-MacKenzie et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have discovered and explored a new neural stem cell state that could put brain tumours to sleep. (O’Connor et al, 2021)
  • A team of PhD students has developed a method to profile gene expression at the single cell level in Arabidopsis embryos. (Kao et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have identified a combination of biological markers in patients with dengue that could predict whether they go on to develop moderate to severe disease. (Vuong et al, 2021)
  • In a recent study, researchers identified the origins of seven types of kidney cancer, including several rare subtypes. (Young et al, 2021)
  • A recent genome-wide association study has identified genetic variants associated with pernicious anaemia, a type of vitamin B12 anaemia. (Laisk et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have uncovered a new mechanism that activates specific genes and thus leads to the development of cancer. (Ahn et al, 2021)
  • A new study has used machine-learning to help predict how human breast cancer tumours will evolve. (Salehi et al, 2021)
  • For the first time, researchers have revealed a central role for the glial protein hepaCAM in building the brain and affecting early brain function. (Baldwin et al, 2021)
  • Researchers at Harvard University and the Broad Institute have created the first detailed atlas of the mouse cerebral cortex. (Bella et al, 2021)

In other news

  • Garvan Researchers have launched a new tool – TOPOGRAPH (Therapy-Oriented Precision Oncology Guidelines for Recommending Anti-cancer Pharmaceuticals) – to inform targeted cancer treatment options. (Lin et al, 2021)


  • Join us on Thursday 1st July at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT for the first webinar in our ‘Multi-Omics ONLINE’ series. In this webinar, we explore how diverse datasets are being used to prioritise drug targets.
  • Make sure you register for another exciting series – ‘Clinical Microbiology ONLINE’. In the first webinar on Wednesday 7th July at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT, we explore the emerging tools that are enabling us to improve pathogen identification and analysis.

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