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Top 10 Genomics News Stories of 2019

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We've seen some exciting research developments take place in the genomics field throughout 2019. In this list, we revisit the top 10 most-read news stories, published on Technology Networks.

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Tips for PCR primer design

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Simple yet useful tips on how to design good primers for PCR reactions and what to avoid!

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A New Toolkit Can Identify Microbial Communities and Their Functions
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Study reports a new method of analyzing the codes found in RNA that can delineate human microbial communities and reveal how they operate.

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There’s a New Bobtail Squid in Town
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Researchers have identified a new species of bobtail squid inhabiting Okinawa's waters - dubbed Euprymna brenneri.

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A Way To "Fingerprint" Human Cells
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Researchers have developed a new method to analyse data from individual human cells, which they say could be a step-change for diagnosing some of the most devastating diseases, including cancer and autoimmune disease.

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Study Reveals How Pancreatic Cancer Cells Avert Starvation
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Researchers have revealed the mechanism that helps pancreatic cancer cells avoid starvation within dense tumors – they hijack a process that pulls nutrients in from their surroundings.

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Deep Learning Helps Tease Out Gene Interactions
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Convolutional neural networks could be used to help identify disease-related genes and genetic pathways that could be targets for drugs.

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How To Hide Data in Everyday Objects
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Researchers have developed a means of storing extensive information in almost any object. The way of storing this information is the same as for living things: in DNA molecules.

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Scream If You Wanna Go FASTA: Breaking the Bottleneck in Genomic Data Analysis
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In the post-genomic era, the direct cost associated with performing sequencing reactions has diminished, whereas the data processing, storage, management, and interpretation costs have increased exponentially. In this article, we explore how new tools are simplifying the process of genomic data analysis.

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Scientists Left Perplexed at Latest Alzheimer’s Drug Data
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In this article, we revisit the many twists and turns of the aducanumab clinical trials and explore the scientific community's response to the latest analysis of the data.

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Advances in PCR Diagnostics for Cancer and Medical Mycology
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From detecting cancer to microbial infections, and now even fungal infections, PCR has become the gold standard of analyzing gene expression. In this article, we explore how PCR is used as a novel diagnostic strategy to identify clinically important yeast species, as well as to detect mutations that could guide therapeutic decisions for lung cancer patients.

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Key Themes and Conversations From the First Lab of the Future Congress
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What do we mean by lab of the future? What innovations are required to get there? These are the key themes explored by this year's Lab of the Future Congress, summarized in this article.

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Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution: An Interview With Professor Glenn Cohen, World-leading Expert on Bioethics
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In this feature of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, we interview Professor Glenn Cohen, director of Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics.

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Metabolomics: A “Go-to” Approach in Systems Biology
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The measurement of low-molecular-weight metabolites and their intermediates reflects the dynamic response of the body to physiological, pathophysiological and developmental stimulus (e.g., aging). In this article, we explore how metabolomic profiling is advancing an array of scientific disciplines, including medicine and agriculture.

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