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Cancer Cells' Carelessness Could Lead to Their Demise
News   Mar 12, 2020

Can cancer cells' ability to rapidly change their genetic mass be used as a weapon against malignant tumors? Researchers at Uppsala University have produced a substance that has shown promising results in both animal experiments and in human cancer cells.

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Can You Put a Price on Your DNA?
News   Mar 11, 2020

A new study published in PLOS ONE finds that over 50% of Americans will exchange genetic data for financial compensation.

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CRISPR Used To Target and Eliminate Specific Gut Bacteria
News   Mar 11, 2020

Researchers have shown that the CRISPR-Cas system can be used to effectively target and eliminate specific gut bacteria, such as the pathogen that causes colitis – a chronic, degenerative disease of the colon.

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Genetic Test Could Identify Patients at “Ultra High Risk” of Their Bone Cancer Progressing
News   Mar 11, 2020

A new genetic test could help doctors pick out patients with the bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma who are at "ultra high risk" of their cancer progressing early on.

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Largest Genetic Map of Psychiatric Disorders So Far
News   Mar 10, 2020

An international study published in the journal Cell, has described 109 genetic variants associated with eight psychiatric disorders: anorexia nervosa, autism, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette Syndrome, in a total of about 230,000 patients worldwide.

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Discovering Cancer Drug Resistance Genes and Limiting Their Effects
News   Mar 10, 2020

A team from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has discovered a gene linked with approximately 50% of glucocorticoid resistance cases in children with the most common pediatric cancer.

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An Alternative Evolutionary Strategy
News   Mar 09, 2020

Turning genes on and off as needed allows an organism to adapt to changes in the environment—provided the organism has a specific regulatory design in place. Scientists have shown that under rare or rapidly changing conditions, the fitness of a population of bacteria can increase simply by producing a higher number of copies of one and the same gene. The results are highly relevant in resistance to antibiotics treatment.

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The Biology Behind Your Love (or Hatred) of Coffee
News   Mar 09, 2020

Why do some people feel like they need three cups of coffee just to get through the day when others are happy with only one? Why do some people abstain entirely? New research suggests that our intake of coffee - the most popular beverage in America, above bottled water, sodas, tea, and beer - is affected by a positive feedback loop between genetics and the environment.

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Are Endangered Species on Your Dinner Menu?
News   Mar 09, 2020

Imagine purchasing products from your local grocer, only to find out that those products are comprised of critically endangered species! That’s what a team has recently discovered on Hong Kong supermarket shelves.

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Is Life Simply a Game of Chance?
News   Mar 09, 2020

To help answer one of the great existential questions - how did life begin? - a new study combines biological and cosmological models.

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