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The Epigenetic Memory of Stress Flows Through Generations in Coral
News   Feb 20, 2020

Changes in DNA methylation patterns during a coral’s lifetime can be passed down to their progeny.

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Inside a Fruitfly's Plastic Brain
News   Feb 19, 2020

Using a fruitfly model, researchers have uncovered the genetic mechanisms governing brain plasticity.

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De Novo Genes – More Common and More Important Than First Thought
News   Feb 19, 2020

Two new studies suggest that de novo genes – genes that have evolved from scratch – are both more common and more important than previously thought.

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8 New Genomic Regions Linked to Skin Cancer Risk
News   Feb 19, 2020

Eight new genomic regions have been identified that increase a person's risk of developing skin cancer.

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Gene Test for Heart Disease Risk Has Limited Benefit
News   Feb 19, 2020

Genetic tests to predict a person’s risk of heart disease and heart attack have limited benefit over conventional testing, according to a new study.

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Stress in Small Children Separated From Parents May Alter Genes
News   Feb 19, 2020

Experts in the emotional needs of small children say increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in babies and small children who are separated from their parents, especially their mothers, could have a long-term genetic impact on future generations.

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Disease-causing Repeats Help Human Neurons Function
News   Feb 18, 2020

Over half of our genomes are made of repeating elements within DNA. Research to date has focused on how these expanded repeats can cause disease, but little attention has been given to their normal functions in genes. A new study reports that repeats in the gene that causes Fragile X Syndrome normally regulate how and when proteins are made in neurons.

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Atomic Structures of Flu, Measles, Mumps and RSV Mapped
News   Feb 18, 2020

The 3D atomic structure of a key complex in paramyxoviruses, a family of viruses that includes mumps, human parainfluenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), have been determined. This information could help design and development of antiviral drugs for these viruses as well as for coronavirus, which functions similarly to paramyxoviruses.

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Visualizing the Conversion of Adult Cells to Stem Cells
News   Feb 18, 2020

Researchers have discovered how an essential protein helps to activate genomic DNA during the conversion of adult human cells into stem cells.

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The World's First Fully Computer-generated Genome
News   Feb 18, 2020

Using a natural freshwater bacterium as their foundation, researchers have produced the world’s first fully computer-generated genome.

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