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Genetically Modifying Trees To Fight Climate Change

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Technology Networks spoke with Russell Monson, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, to learn more about a recent study in which poplar trees were genetically modified to not harm air quality.

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Missense, Nonsense and Frameshift Mutations: A Genetic Guide

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If you want to build a foundational understanding of genomics in both health and disease, it's important to be able to distinguish between the different type of genetic mutations that can occur. Here, we take a look at some of the mutations that can be encountered and the impact they have on the genome.

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Pharmacogenomics: DNA, Drugs and Dosage

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A medication that works for one person may not be as effective for others, or may cause side effects. One of the reasons for this is variation in your DNA.

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CRISPR Cuts Open New Avenues in CAR T-cell Therapy

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According to a study published in the Blood journal, drug profiling and the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing method have opened new avenues in the development of CAR T-cell therapy, used to treat leukaemia and lymphoma.

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Gene Therapy Protects Eyesight in Models of Multiple Sclerosis
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New research reveals the molecular process in which synaptic connections in the brain are damaged in multiple sclerosis and how this contributes to neurodegenerative symptoms. The paper also shows how gene therapy may be used to preserve neural circuits and protect against vision loss in the disease.

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Bioinformatics Tool Enables Analysis of Complex Plant Genomes
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Bioinformatics researchers from Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) have now published "Kmasker plants", a program that allows the identification of repetitive sequences and thus facilitates the analysis of plant genomes.

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Huntington's Protein Has Unexpected Roles in Body Movement and Aging
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Researchers have discovered that neurons in the striatum require the huntingtin gene for regulating the body’s movements and maintaining cell health during aging.

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Global Alarm Over Spread of Novel Coronavirus
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Today an emergency committee convened in Geneva to discuss whether or not the current outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China should be declared a “public health emergency of international concern.”

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Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution: An Interview With Livestock Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam
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The final instalment of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution is an interview with Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, a livestock geneticist based at the University of California. The focus of her laboratory's research is the utilization of DNA-based biotechnologies in the production of beef cattle and in agricultural systems.

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The Darwin Tree of Life Project Will Have a "Transformative Effect" on Our Understanding of Life on Earth
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The Darwin Tree of Life (DToL) project will sequence the genomes of all 60,000 eukaryotic organisms in the British Isles to better understand how DNA translates to the diversity of life.

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Advances in High-throughput Screening
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Ever since the advent of the multi-well plate, researchers have been pioneering new ways to miniaturize assays for high-throughput screening (HTS). Here, we share two examples that illustrate the power of modern HTS in drug discovery.

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Should Infectious Diseases Be Made Notifiable? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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At first glance this question might seem like a no-brainer. Surely if you make an infectious disease notifiable then you are better able to contain infection and prevent it spreading, right? Unfortunately, whilst the principle seems simple, the reality is far less so. Here we take a look at the different facets and implications of making an infectious disease notifiable.

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Meet "Mr Christmas Tree", the Scientist Who Researches Christmas Trees All Year Round
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Wouldn't it be grand if it could be Christmas every day? Well, for one researcher, it sort of is. Meet Plant Pathologist and Extension Specialist Professor Gary Chastagner, also commonly referred to as "Mr Christmas Tree", a scientist who researches Christmas trees 365 days a year.

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