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Better Together - Quest Towards Open Access Publication
News   Oct 18, 2019

Not-for-profit Jisc and the Microbiology Society announce a pilot transitional open access agreement. The "Publish and Read" deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a cost neutral fixed fee.

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Photosynthesis Olympics Sort the Wheat From the Chaff
News   Oct 18, 2019

Scientists have put wheat varieties through a “Photosynthesis Olympics” to find which varieties have the best performing photosynthesis.

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Bioactive Agents Improve Synthetic Bone Substitutes
News   Oct 18, 2019

Synthetic bone substitutes are promising materials for bone defect repair, but their efficacy can be substantially improved by bioactive agents such as growth factors. In a new study, researchers have modified beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) with increasing quantities of bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) derived from E. coli and shown improved bone healing.

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Museums Are Putting Ancient DNA To Work for Wildlife
News   Oct 18, 2019

The museum-based lab is working with researchers and government agencies on projects that require DNA analysis, such as wildlife conservation.

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It Is Possible to Extend Life Without Any Genetic Modification, Study Suggests
News   Oct 18, 2019

Given the relationship between telomeres and ageing - telomeres shorten throughout life, so older organisms have shorter telomeres -, scientists launched a study generating mice in which 100% of their cells had hyper-long telomeres.

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Drug Treats Inflammation Related to Genetic Heart Disease
News   Oct 18, 2019

Johns Hopkins researchers have shed new light on the role of the immune system in the progression of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) and have also discovered a drug that may help prevent ACM symptoms and progression to heart failure.

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Plant-based Compound Helps Overcome Gene Therapy Challenges
News   Oct 18, 2019

Researchers believe they have found a way to sidestep some of the current difficulties associated with gene therapy, resulting in a better method that would save money and improve treatment outcomes.

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Limitations of Health Reports From Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests Are Identified
News   Oct 17, 2019

According to study findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2019 Annual Meeting, health reports from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests that adopt a limited variant screening approach are producing clinically false-negative results.

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A Mouse Model of the Human Gene Involved in Alzheimer’s Disease Is Created
News   Oct 17, 2019

Scientists have developed a line of mice in which the mouse version of the Alzheimer's-associated MAPT gene has been fully replaced by the human version of the gene.

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Novel Reference Genome Resource Helps Capture Global Genetic Diversity
News   Oct 17, 2019

Scientists have assembled a set of genetic sequences that enable the reference genome to better reflect global genetic diversity.

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