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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 27th March

Check out the 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

  • Leigh syndrome is a severe mitochondrial disease that causes muscle weakness and movement defects. Researchers have now developed the first human model for this rare disease. (Inak et al, 2021)
  • Researchers carried out a clinical trial testing a mutation-specific vaccine against malignant brain tumours, proving it to be safe and effective in triggering the desired immune response. (Platten et al, 2021)
  • New research has found that alterations in circulating tumour cells can predict outcomes in some castrate-resistant prostate cancer patients. (Gupta et al, 2021)
  • A team of scientists has identified more than a dozen new gene variants that explain why people with a rare eye disease, MacTel, are unable to produce enough of an amino acid needed for eye health. (Eade et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have identified BM1 as a potential target to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. This protein is required to prevent the development of G4-quadruplexes in neurons, which can disrupt neuronal function. (Hanna et al, 2021)
  • A large-scale genome analysis has revealed differences between males and females in major psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. (Blokland et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a new therapeutic vaccine that uses a patient’s own tumour cells to train their immune system. The vaccine was able to stop melanoma tumour growth in mouse models and even worked long-term. (Sasso et al, 2021)
  • Researchers at NIH have discovered DNA damage hot spots within neurons that accumulate single-strand breaks. (Wu et al, 2021)


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