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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 5th June

Another month, another genomics week in brief – full of all the latest genomics news and research from the past week!

Top stories from the past week

  • Researchers have found that different variants in PLXNA1 can result in a novel neurodevelopmental syndrome, mainly comprised of developmental delay and brain and eye anomalies. (Dworschak et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have developed a new method for sequencing large numbers of single cells in an efficient manner. (Datlinger et al, 2021)
  • A large-scale genetic study with ethnically diverse data has identified more regions of the genome linked to type II diabetes-related traits. (Chen et al, 2021)
  • An international team of researchers has discovered a new and unique form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) linked to the SPTLC1 gene. (Mohassel et al, 2021)
  • New data has further contributed to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying human traits and diseases. (Li et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept treatment for blood disorders that could raise haemoglobin levels by activating production of foetal and adult haemoglobin. (Lourenco et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have developed a technology that produces high-resolution simulations of the complex packing of nucleosomes. (Ohno et al, 2021)
  • A team of researchers has demonstrated that they can implant insulin-secreting cells into diabetic mice using a miniscule device. (Wang et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have shown that adjustment to the Escherichia coli genome can make it virtually invincible to viral infection. (Robertson et al, 2021)

In other news

  • A new drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Vamorolone, has shown positive results in a phase II clinical trial. (Santhera, 2021)
  • China have reported the first human case of H10N3 bird flu. (BBC, 2021)


  • Join us for our upcoming webinar series – ‘Single cell & Spatial Omics ONLINE’. In this series, we highlight the research using these latest technologies and measuring their impact on the future direction of the field. The first webinar is taking place on Thursday 10th June at 3PM BST/4PM CEST/10AM EDT and will evaluate integrative single cell analysis.
  • Make sure you join us on Tuesday 22nd June at 3PM BST/4PM CEST/10AM EDT for our latest webinar – ‘Reimagine neuroscience with single cell and spatial multiomics’. In this webinar, we will delve into how single cell and spatial technologies are transforming neurobiological research.

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