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A “Bald” Finding
News   Apr 02, 2019

Hairlessness in dogs can be the result of deliberate breeding or, in certain breeds, a defect. A recent study describes a gene variant in the SGK3 gene, which causes hairlessness in Scottish Deerhounds.

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Aging: A Surprising Approach for Eliminating Skin Disease
News   Apr 02, 2019

Pathogenic gene mutations causing a type of intractable skin disease can be eliminated from some parts of patients' skin as they age, according to researchers. This represents a form of natural gene therapy.

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Computer-created Bacterial Genome is World First
News   Apr 02, 2019

Scientists have developed a new method that greatly simplifies the production of large DNA molecules containing many hundreds of genes. With this method, they have built the first genome of a bacterium entirely designed by a computer algorithm. The method has the potential to revolutionise biotechnology.

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Cellular Protein “Gas Pump Attendant” of Cancer Development
News   Apr 02, 2019

In a new study, researchers use an analogy to explain how transcription factors function: reading of genes is like a train ride. The cellular machinery that reads the genetic information sets off like a train at the beginning of a gene, and only when the train reaches its final destination, the end of the gene, can it produce the corresponding protein.

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To Infinity and Beyond: Proteins May Be Heading Into Space
News   Apr 02, 2019

Today, scientists report a new method that takes advantage of engineered bacteria to produce spider silk and other difficult-to-make proteins that could be useful during future space missions.

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A Call for Greater Diversity Within Genetic Data Sets
News   Apr 01, 2019

According to a new study, polygenic scores developed by studying Europeans do a better job at predicting disease risk for people of European ancestry than for those of other ancestries.

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Advances in Precision Medicine for Aggressive Leukemia
News   Apr 01, 2019

Acute erythroid leukemia (AEL) is a high-risk cancer with a dismal prognosis, uncertain genetic basis and controversy surrounding the diagnosis. That is changing, thanks to new research involving a comprehensive genomic analysis of AEL.

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Cell-free Microfluidic Device Characterizes Transcription Factors
News   Apr 01, 2019

A quantitative, replicable method has been developed for studying and predicting gene expression, using a cell-free system in combination with a high-throughput microfluidic device.

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New Gene Essential for Making Ears of Corn Identified
News   Apr 01, 2019

A team of scientists has identified a gene essential for forming the ears in corn.

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Genome Editing and World Hunger
News   Apr 01, 2019

An international team argues in a perspective article that new plant breeding technologies can contribute significantly to food security and sustainable development.

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