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DermTech Announces Clinical Study to Assess DNA Damage and Reversal
DermTech Announces Clinical Study to Assess DNA Damage and Reversal
News   Jun 27, 2018

DermTech, Inc. announced it has initiated enrollment in a clinical study to assess DNA damage induced by an excimer laser and evaluate the potential of T4 endonuclease topical DNA repair enzyme and photolyase cream to reduce this DNA damage as measured through gene expression analysis.

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Rethinking Existing Method Opens New Doors for Cancer Diagnostics
Rethinking Existing Method Opens New Doors for Cancer Diagnostics
News   Jun 27, 2018

Osaka University researchers successfully use single-molecule sequencing method to investigate fluid dynamics of a single DNA molecule in solution.

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CRISPR-Gold Cuts Down Autism Symptoms in Mice
CRISPR-Gold Cuts Down Autism Symptoms in Mice
News   Jun 26, 2018

Scientists have used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to lessen some autism symptoms in mice with a form of fragile X syndrome, the most common known single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder. Employing gold nanoparticles to deliver the DNA-cutting Cas9 enzyme into the brain – a technique called CRISPR-Gold – the researchers were able to reduce the repetitive behavior characteristic of fragile X syndrome (FXS).

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Dynamic Modelling Helps Predict the Behaviors of Gut Microbes
Dynamic Modelling Helps Predict the Behaviors of Gut Microbes
News   Jun 26, 2018

A recent study provides a platform for predicting how microbial gut communities work and represents a first step toward understanding how to manipulate the properties of the gut ecosystem.

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Genes Linking Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome Discovered
Genes Linking Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome Discovered
News   Jun 26, 2018

Scientists are a step closer to understanding which genes are responsible for early onset Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome, thanks to a new study led by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and UCL along with an international group of collaborators.

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“Nanopesticides” Could Lead to More Toxic Algae Outbreaks
“Nanopesticides” Could Lead to More Toxic Algae Outbreaks
News   Jun 26, 2018

Nanomaterials in agrochemicals like pesticides and fungicides aim to provide more disease protection and better yields for crops, while decreasing the amount of toxins sprayed on agricultural fields. However, when combined with nutrient runoff from fertilized cropland and manure-filled pastures, these “nanopesticides” could also mean more toxic algae outbreaks for nearby streams, lakes and wetlands.

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Antiviral Gene Vanquishes Zika
Antiviral Gene Vanquishes Zika
News   Jun 25, 2018

It’s been known for years that humans and other mammals possess an antiviral gene called RSAD2 that prevents a remarkable range of viruses from multiplying. Now, researchers have discovered the secret to the gene’s success: The enzyme it codes for generates a compound that stops viruses from replicating.

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Streaming Protocol Makes Gene Data Sharing Future-Proof
Streaming Protocol Makes Gene Data Sharing Future-Proof
News   Jun 25, 2018

The Large Scale Genomics Work Stream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has announced eight new implementations of its htsget protocol, a standard released in October 2017 for accessing large-scale genomic sequencing data online that does not depend on file transfers. The protocol and interoperability testing are reported in a paper released online this week in the journal Bioinformatics.

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Discovery Advances Efforts to Prevent Spread of Cancer
Discovery Advances Efforts to Prevent Spread of Cancer
News   Jun 25, 2018

Newly identified gene targets could be key to preventing the spread of cancer, new University of Alberta research has shown.

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Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Basis
Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Basis
News   Jun 22, 2018

Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder often run in families. In a new international collaboration, researchers explored the genetic connections between these and other disorders of the brain at a scale that far eclipses previous work on the subject. The team determined that psychiatric disorders share many genetic variants, while neurological disorders (such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s) appear more distinct.

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