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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 30th January

The latest genomics news and research combined into one article!

Top stories from the past week

  • Researchers have identified genetic dependencies within tumours that have undergone whole genome doubling. (Ganem et al, 2021)
  • A recent meta-analysis has revealed genetic changes in tumours that could be used to predict if patients will respond to immunotherapy. (Swanton et al, 2021)
  • A new preclinical study has shown a potentially more effective and safer gene therapy vector for blood disorders, such as sickle cell disease. (Rivella et al, 2021)
  • A team have reported the highest resolution by far of the 3D genome of the primate brain. (Su et al, 2021)
  • A genome-wide association study has implicated specific genes in post-traumatic stress disorder. (Gelernter et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have succeeded in developing a technology that allows them, for the first time, to pinpoint millions of RNA molecules mapped inside tissues with nanoscale resolution. (Alon et al, 2021)
  • A new study has found that mutational burden and chromosomal aneuploidy synergistically predict survival from radiotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer patients. (Zhu et al, 2021)
  • A proteome-wide association study has implicated new proteins in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis (Wingo et al, 2021)


  • There is still time to register to watch the amazing talks from the Festival of Genomics & Biodata 2021 on-demand. Registration ends on Friday 5th February – so register now!
  • Catch-up now on-demand with our exciting ‘Multi-Omics ONLINE’ webinar series where global experts discussed how they are making use of diverse datasets to advance our understanding of human health and disease. Register now.

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