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Ancient DNA From Sardinia Unlocks 6,000 Years of Genetic History
News   Feb 25, 2020

A new study of the genetic history of Sardinia, a Mediterranean island off the western coast of Italy, tells how genetic ancestry on the island was relatively stable through the end of the Bronze Age, even as mainland Europe saw new ancestries arrive

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Extra Chromosomes in Cancers Could Be a Good Thing
News   Feb 25, 2020

A missing or extra copy of a single chromosome creates an imbalance known as "aneuploidy". Now, researchers have discovered that not all aneuploidies spur cancer’s progression – some actually inhibit a cancer’s ability to metastasize.

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Oldest Reconstructed Bacterial Genomes Link Agricultural Shift With New Diseases
News   Feb 25, 2020

Researchers studying ancient bacterial genomes have linked the Neolithic revolution to the emergence of new diseases.

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Can "No Raw Data, No Science" Improve Reproducibility?
News   Feb 24, 2020

The 'reproducibility crisis' has become a significant issue in modern science and one journal editor has penned an article suggesting that, for journals, a "no raw data, no science" approach to article approval may be required to avert further damage to the scientific method.

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Cracking the Corn Code
News   Feb 24, 2020

A multi-institutional team decoded the genetic map for how maize from tropical environments can be adapted to the temperate U.S. summer growing season.

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E-cigarette Users Exposed to Levels of Metal Linked to DNA Damage
News   Feb 21, 2020

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have completed a cross-sectional human study that compares biomarkers and metal concentrations in the urine of e-cigarette users, nonsmokers, and cigarette smokers.

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Ecological Snapshots of Earth’s Past
News   Feb 21, 2020

New work shows how using next-generation DNA sequencing on ancient packrat middens--nests made out of plant material, fragments of insects, bones, fecal matter, and urine--could provide ecological snapshots of Earth's past.

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From Facebook to DNA
News   Feb 21, 2020

Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have taken an algorithm used to study social networks, such as Facebook communities, and adapted it to identify how DNA and proteins are interconnected into communities within the cell nucleus.

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Strategies Developed To Understand and Combat Brain Cancer
News   Feb 21, 2020

Researchers are using artificial intelligence, radiological MRI scans, and genomics to determine relative life expectancy of glioblastoma patients and discover new treatment options.

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New Worm Model To Progress Study of Rare Disease
News   Feb 20, 2020

The IDIBELL Neurometabolic Diseases group, with international collaboration, has identified a model of chromosome X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (x-ALD) in the earthworm C. elegans, this is a rare disorder of the nervous system with no treatment available.

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