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Potential Treatment for Rare Inherited Cancers
Potential Treatment for Rare Inherited Cancers
News   Jul 17, 2018

Studying two rare inherited cancer syndromes, scientists have found the cancers are driven by a breakdown in how cells repair their DNA. The discovery suggests a promising strategy for treatment with drugs recently approved for other forms of cancer, said the researchers.

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CRISPR Causes More Genome Damage Than First Thought
CRISPR Causes More Genome Damage Than First Thought
News   Jul 17, 2018

Researchers have discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought. These results create safety implications for gene therapies using CRISPR/Cas9 in the future as the unexpected damage could lead to dangerous changes in some cells.

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 Hidden Signals in RNAs Regulate Protein Synthesis
Hidden Signals in RNAs Regulate Protein Synthesis
News   Jul 17, 2018

Scientists have long known that RNA encodes instructions to make proteins. In a new study published in Nature, scientists describe how the protein-making machinery identifies alternative initiation sites from which to start protein synthesis.

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You Thought Your Bread was Stale!
You Thought Your Bread was Stale!
News   Jul 17, 2018

At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years.

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Olfactory Receptors Not Just For Smell Perception
Olfactory Receptors Not Just For Smell Perception
News   Jul 17, 2018

Novel cellular functions of olfactory receptors highlighted

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Getting to Know the Microbes that Drive Climate Change
Getting to Know the Microbes that Drive Climate Change
News   Jul 17, 2018

A new understanding of the microbes and viruses in the thawing permafrost in Sweden may help scientists better predict the pace of climate change.

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Smart Solutions to Limit Greenhouse Gases
Smart Solutions to Limit Greenhouse Gases
News   Jul 16, 2018

Researchers are looking into zero-emission greenhouses and clever ways of shaping livestock farming, land use and forest and nature management with the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use.

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Key Role for Enzyme in Chagas Disease Response
Key Role for Enzyme in Chagas Disease Response
News   Jul 16, 2018

Researchers describe the central role played by an enzyme called phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase gamma (PI3Kγ) in regulating the immune response against Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease.

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Land Genes in Algae Identified
Land Genes in Algae Identified
News   Jul 16, 2018

500 million years ago, the first plants living in water took to land. The genetic adaptations associated with this transition can already be recognized in the genome of Chara braunii, a species of freshwater algae, reports a new study.


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Finding the Proteins That Unpack DNA
Finding the Proteins That Unpack DNA
News   Jul 16, 2018

A new method allows researchers to systematically identify specialized proteins that unpack DNA inside the nucleus of a cell, making the usually dense DNA more accessible for gene expression and other functions.

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