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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 7th August

We have summarised some of the latest news and research within the genomics space from the past week!

Top stories from the past week

  • Biological engineers have developed a new technique for editing bacterial genomes that can record interactions between cells. This may offer a new way to edit genes within the human microbiome. (Farzafard et al, 2021)
  • Scientists have identified nearly 300 gene variations that influence reproductive lifespan in women. (Ruth et al, 2021)
  • A recent study has identified the histone methyltransferase DOT1L as a potential therapeutic target for ovarian cancer. (Chava et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have used modelling to investigate how the dynamics of holocentromeres (dispersed centromeres) change during the course of cell division in specific species. (Câmara et al, 2021)
  • New research by evolutionary biologist Ram Singh suggests that there is another hidden layer that controls how genes interact. (Singh, 2021)
  • Researchers have developed a machine learning approach that can predict risk of schizophrenia using a blood test. (Gunasekara et al, 2021)
  • A new discovery has explained what determines the number and position of genetic exchanges that occur in sex cells. (Morgan et al, 2021)
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre researchers have discovered a key mechanism in how dormant haematopoietic stem cells are activated. This could help unlock future cancer treatments. (García-Prat et al, 2021)
  • An international research group has identified 15 novel biomarkers that are linked to late-onset dementias. (Lindbohm et al, 2021)

In other news

  • A new study has detailed the genomes of 26 lines of corn from around the globe, which will help scientists understand how the corn genome has shuffled over time. (Hufford et al, 2021)

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