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Antimicrobial Resistance: Drivers, Diagnostics and DNA

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Combating AMR is going to take coordinated action of different approaches, such as improved public education and national action plans, greater surveillance, improved diagnostics, and the ability to harness advances in genomics and big data.

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A Brief History of DNA

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National DNA Day honors the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. In this infographic we rewind time to explore the history of DNA and some of the landmark discoveries in the field of genomics.

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Code of the Wild Film Trailer

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Code of the Wild explores the public and secret worlds of genetic engineering. Award-winning producer/director Cody Sheehy and CRISPR scientist Samira Kiani filmed for 18 months in United States and China documenting the biohackers and scientists involved in editing humans. Their team brought world attention to the secret work of Dr. Jiankui He, who first enhanced human babies in an attempt to make them immune to HIV. This story is at the heart of a revolution that will transform how we live and how we die.

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“Dark DNA” Is the Latest Mystery in the World of Genetics… but What Is It?

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Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious parts of our DNA. Here’s what they’ve found so far.

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Unlocking the Ancient Secrets of Medicinal Mint

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The precious chemistry of a plant used for 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine has been unlocked in a project that raises the prospect of rapid access to a wide array of therapeutic drugs.

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Unexpectedly High Proportion of Our Body's Protein Affected by Sex and Diet
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Scientists from EMBL Heidelberg have discovered that the collection of proteins in an animal cell - called the proteome - is substantially affected by both the animal's sex and its diet.

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Using DNA Templates to Harness the Sun’s Energy
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As the world struggles to meet the increasing demand for energy, coupled with the rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere from deforestation and the use of fossil fuels, photosynthesis in nature simply cannot keep up with the carbon cycle. In a recent paper, researchers report significant progress in optimizing systems that mimic the first stage of photosynthesis, capturing and harnessing light energy from the sun.

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Computational Genetics Furthers Our Understanding of Human Diseases
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In a series of studies that volleyed between large databases and research in zebrafish, investigators have discovered a link between vascular biology and eye disease.

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Genotype vs Phenotype: Examples and Definitions
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Any organism is a by-product of both its genetic makeup and the environment. To understand this in detail, we must first appreciate some basic genetic vocabulary and concepts. Here, we provide definitions for the terms genotype and phenotype, discuss their relationship and take a look at why and how we might choose to study them.

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The Evolving Field of Cancer Biomarkers
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Given the complexity of cancer, it’s arguably unlikely that single molecules will work as clinically meaningful biomarkers for cancer. Today, biomarker discovery involves detecting patterns – characteristics or phenotypes that can be measured and monitored throughout a patient’s journey. Here, we look at two approaches being explored in this evolving field.

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Sensitivity vs Specificity
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When developing diagnostic tests or evaluating results, it is important to understand how reliable those tests and therefore the results you are obtaining are. By using samples of known disease status, values such as sensitivity and specificity can be calculated that allow you to evaluate just that.

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Personalized Nutrition Makes Dietary Advice Easier to Chew
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In an age where advanced high-throughput-omic technologies allow for cheaper and faster screening of the genome, consumer genomics is becoming increasingly mainstream and a growing number of people are opting to purchase genetic tests for a variety of purposes, including personalized nutrition advice.

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NASA Identical Twin Study Takes Our Understanding of Space Travel to the Final Frontier
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Identical male twins Scott and Mark Kelly - both (now retired) NASA astronauts – spent one year apart as Scott travelled to and inhabited the International Space Station (ISS), whilst Mark stayed at home on earth. Researchers have gained valuable insights from the study results as to the physiological effects of space travel.

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Genome Editing Database Helps Researchers Pull Together to Advance Agriculture
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The Boyce Thompson Institute's Plant Genome Editing Database has been created by scientists to encourage sharing of data from experiments where CRISPR/Cas9 technology, along with other approaches to gene editing, have been used to study economically important traits in plants. We spoke to Zhangjun Fei and David Stern from the institute to learn more.

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