10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week - 13 July 2018

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A round-up of the biggest science stories from this week.

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CRISPR for Disease Detection and the Future of Accessible Healthcare

Webinar

This webinar explores the technology behind Mammoth Biosciences’ newly announced CRISPR-powered diagnostics platform, giving insight to CRISPR and how it works for disease detection.

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The Sequencing Technology Behind The World's Fastest Genetic Diagnosis

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In February 2018, a team at Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine broke the world record for the fastest genetic diagnosis when they delivered a rare disease diagnosis in just 19 hours 30 minutes. We caught up with John Reynders, CEO of Alexion, to discuss how the record was broken, and why diagnosing rare diseases is important in modern medicine.

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Proteogenomics: The Path to Personalized Medicine?

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Proteogenomics - a multiomic discipline which combines gene, protein and RNA data, has potential to give a true systems perspective on the human body. We look at the techniques that enable proteogenomics analysis, and the potential of the field in the clinic to personalize medicine and battle cancer.

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ExPecto Patronum! Magical Machine Learning Tool Summons DNA Dark Matter Data

ExPecto Patronum! Magical Machine Learning Tool Summons DNA Dark Matter Data

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A new machine learning framework, dubbed ExPecto, can predict the effects of mutations in the so-called “dark matter” regions of the human genome. ExPecto pinpoints how mutations can disrupt the way genes turn on and off throughout your body.

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Synthetic Material That Detects Enzymatic Activity
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Scientists integrate protein and polymer building blocks to create stimulus-responsive systems

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Bioethics Council Rules Heritable Genome Editing "Ethically Acceptable" In Certain Circumstances
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A leading UK bioethics advisory body has weighed in on the debate around human genetic modification, concluding that heritable genome editing – modifying the DNA of an egg, sperm or embryo with changes that will be passed on to future generations – could be ‘morally permissible’ in humans, provided key ethical tests are met.

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Genetic Factors Leading to Rare Bone Fusion Disorder Identified
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Genome sequencing establishes multiple genes responsible for a rare condition that cause bone fusion

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Cell Culture Quality Control: Blissful Ignorance?

Cell Culture Quality Control: Blissful Ignorance?

Article

How can quality control efforts keep up with the rapid advances in cellular model research? Read on for insights into challenges in recognizing and managing issues in cell culture quality control

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Biosafety and the Agents of Doom
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To combat harmful pathogens it is vitally important that scientists have facilities available that enable them to work on them safely. These facilities should prevent the operator from becoming infected with the agent they are working with and prevent the organism from escaping the laboratory setting and potentially initiating new outbreaks of disease.

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Strawberry’s Properties are More than Skin Deep
Article

Everyone loves a perfectly ripe strawberry, right? They count towards your five a day and contain important nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. But what if science could help breeders make them even better?

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Forensic Analysis Reveals Links Between Sources of Illicit Cannabis
Article

Genetic variations have been used to link cannabis samples to geographical areas of origin, providing insight into the plant's history and possible distribution.

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