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Blood Test Detects and Classifies Cancer at its Earliest Stages
Blood Test Detects and Classifies Cancer at its Earliest Stages
News   Nov 15, 2018

Cancer scientists have combined "liquid biopsy," epigenetic alterations and machine learning to develop a blood test to detect and classify cancer at its earliest stages.

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Symbiosis a Driver of Truffle Diversity
Symbiosis a Driver of Truffle Diversity
News   Nov 15, 2018

While the sight of black or white truffle being shaved over on pasta is generally considered a sign of dining extravagance, they play an important role in soil ecosystem services. Researchers have now conducted a comparative analysis of eight Pezizomycete fungi, including four species prized as delicacies.

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Breeding Corn for Water-use Efficiency May Have Just Gotten Easier
Breeding Corn for Water-use Efficiency May Have Just Gotten Easier
News   Nov 15, 2018

With approximately 80 percent of our nation's water supply going towards agriculture, it's fair to say it takes a lot of water to grow crops. In a climate with less predictable rainfall patterns and more intense droughts, scientists are working to reduce water consumption by developing more efficient crops.

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Human Cell Atlas Study Sheds Light on Maternal-Fetal Interface
Human Cell Atlas Study Sheds Light on Maternal-Fetal Interface
News   Nov 15, 2018

The first Human Cell Atlas study of early pregnancy in humans has shown how the function of the maternal immune system is affected by cells from the developing placenta.

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Casting a Neural Net over RNA-Seq Data
Casting a Neural Net over RNA-Seq Data
News   Nov 14, 2018

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University say neural networks and supervised machine learning techniques can efficiently characterize cells that have been studied using single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq). This finding could help researchers identify new cell subtypes and differentiate between healthy and diseased cells.

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Synthetic Molecule Invades Double-stranded DNA
Synthetic Molecule Invades Double-stranded DNA
News   Nov 13, 2018

Researchers have developed a synthetic molecule that can recognize and bind to double-stranded DNA or RNA under normal physiological conditions. The molecule could provide a new platform for developing methods for the diagnosis and treatment of genetic conditions.

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Sequencing Offers New Hope for Rare Cancers
Sequencing Offers New Hope for Rare Cancers
News   Nov 13, 2018

A cancer’s genetic sequence may be the key to matching people with rare cancers to the right anti-cancer treatments, according to a new clinical trial instigated by patients.

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Dermal Fibroblasts Gain Adipogenic Traits with Age
Dermal Fibroblasts Gain Adipogenic Traits with Age
News   Nov 12, 2018

A study in mice showed that cells lose their identity and acquire adipogenic traits, as a mechanism underlying cellular aging.

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Exploiting Epigenetic Variation for Plant Breeding
Exploiting Epigenetic Variation for Plant Breeding
News   Nov 12, 2018

Plant biologists at the University of Zurich have now demonstrated that epigenetic variation is also subject to selection and can be inherited. This could expand the possibilities for crop breeding.

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Promising Marker for Immune Invasion and Immunotherapy Failure
Promising Marker for Immune Invasion and Immunotherapy Failure
News   Nov 12, 2018

An extracellular matrix gene signature has been identified which is associated with response to immunotherapy, and provides a hypothesis about why some people don't respond.

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