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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 5th February

Another month, another amazing Genomics Week in Brief – jam-packed with some of the latest genomics news and research!

Top stories from the past week

  • Researchers have modified the CRISPR-Cas9 system to forcibly activate genes (rather than edit them) in human immune cells. (Schmidt et al, 2022)
  • Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that altered genes borrowed from bacteria can excite heart cells in live mice. (Nguyen et al, 2022)
  • New findings have revealed that a key growth factor protects the gut from inflammatory bowel disease. (Zhou et al, 2022)
  • Using whole-genome sequencing, researchers have characterised the diversity of Shigella samples, which is critical for informing vaccine development. (Bengtsson et al, 2022)
  • A team of researchers has developed a way to deliver RNA in a capsule that can be swallowed. (Abramson et al, 2022)
  • A new study has found that every animal species has almost the same chromosomal units that have remained constant in evolution for over 600 million years. (Simakov et al, 2022)
  • A study of patients with decade-long leukaemia remissions after CAR-T cell therapy has provided new insights into treatment effects. (Melenhorst et al, 2022)
  • Researchers have found that three different autism risk genes affect similar aspects of neural formation and the same types of neurons in the developing human brain. (Paulsen et al, 2022)
  • A team of researchers has created the first 3D structure of a protein complex which is an important regulator of cellular degradation processes. (Klink et al, 2022)

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