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Genomics week in brief: Week ending 9th October

Check out the latest Genomics Week in Brief, jam-packed with some of the most recent genomics news and research.

Top stories from the past week

  • Using a deep-learning approach, researchers have suggested a new narrative for the Out of Africa process. (Montinaro et al, 2021)
  • Stem cell researchers have examined non-coding DNA and found answers as to how DNA makes human and chimpanzee brains different. (Johansson et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have detected the origins of Huntington’s disease in a human embryo at two weeks old. (Galgoczi et al, 2021)
  • A new study has reported that a small molecule, named RGX-202, is able to foil key pathways in cancer cells and shrink tumours in mice. (Kurth et al, 2021)
  • The BRAIN initiative consortium has rolled out the first comprehensive atlas of brain cells, beginning with the motor cortex. (BICCN, 2021)
  • Scientists have reconstituted a biological clock in a test tube to study the interactions of its component parts. (Chavan et al, 2021)
  • Researchers have shown for the first time how mutations impacting RNA splicing can alter cells and result in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and other haematological malignancies and solid tumours. (Wheeler et al, 2021)
  • Using single-cell analysis, researchers have elucidated the pathogenic underpinnings of Klinefelter Syndrome. (Mahyari et al, 2021)

In other news

  • A team of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded a  $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop genomic resources to help identify novel pathogens. (Penn State, 2021)
  • An international team has received a five-year grant to develop biomarkers that indicate which people with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder will go on to develop neurodegenerative diseases. (WUSTL, 2021)
  • The NIH has awarded $38.5 million over five years to the Developmental Genotype-Tissue Expression (dGTEx) project. This project aims to build a tissue bank and database with information about human developmental gene expression in many tissue types. (NHGRI, 2021)

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