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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 4th December

Below, we have summarised some of the latest news and research across the genomics space – enjoy!

Top stories from the past week

  • Scientists have discovered a new route to produce complex antibiotics through gene editing. (Thong et al, 2021)
  • A recent study has shown that DNA polymerases derived from Escherichia Coli are more error prone in microgravity. (Rosenstein and Walker, 2021)
  • An international team of researchers has found a new strategy for how antibodies disable viruses. (Jalil et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a method that can precisely and rapidly correct genetic alterations in cultured patient cells. (Switonski et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have determined the mode of action of essential proteins involved in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. (Rodriguez et al, 2021)
  • The Wistar Institute researchers have identified two genes that play a critical role in protecting ovarian cancer from the immune system. (Lin et al, 2021)
  • A large study has shown that two proteins that transport cholesterol can provide early and reliable risk information for cardiovascular disease. (Walldius et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have identified a new function for Jpx RNA in regulating the behaviours of chromosome loops and gene expression. (Oh et al, 2021)
  • A new study has suggested that a group of immune cells that normally protect against inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract may have the opposite effect in multiple sclerosis. (Grigg et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have identified the key role played by transcription factor RORC2 in HIV infection. (Salinas et al, 2021)
  • Whole-exome sequencing and association analysis in nearly 7,000 Old Order Amish individuals has revealed a genetic variant that may confer protective effects against cardiovascular disease. (Montasser et al, 2021)
  • Researchers from Uppsala University have documented and visualised hearing loss-associated genes in the human inner ear. (Liu et al, 2021)

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