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Number of Stem Cells Actively Making White Blood Cells Quantified in Humans
Number of Stem Cells Actively Making White Blood Cells Quantified in Humans
News   Sep 10, 2018

A 'capture-recapture' genome sequencing technique has enabled the quantification of certain stem cells in humans.

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How Our Immune System Detects Broken DNA
How Our Immune System Detects Broken DNA
News   Sep 07, 2018

Research has now discovered how skin cells alert the immune system, when their DNA is damaged in the absence of infection.

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Stray Proteins Cause Genetic Disorders
Stray Proteins Cause Genetic Disorders
News   Sep 07, 2018

A tiny change in the very flexible segments of some proteins is enough to trigger rare disorders such as Glut1 deficiency syndrome. A study published in Cell found that other genetic disorders might be traced back to the same origin.

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Alzheimer's Risk Gene Increases Vulnerability to Air Pollution, Claim Researchers
Alzheimer's Risk Gene Increases Vulnerability to Air Pollution, Claim Researchers
News   Sep 07, 2018

There is growing evidence that exposure to air pollution adversely affects cognitive and behavioural development in children. However, the mechanisms underlying this association are, as yet, unknown. Now, the findings of a new study from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institute supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, suggest that the ε4 variant of the APOE gene may play a significant role in this process. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Epigenetic Control of Memory Strengthening
Epigenetic Control of Memory Strengthening
News   Sep 07, 2018

Scientists report how several particular epigenetic changes in the hippocampus of the rat brain control downstream regulation of translation in brain neurons during fear memory reconsolidation.

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HEAL Helps Detect Heritable Disease Risk
HEAL Helps Detect Heritable Disease Risk
News   Sep 07, 2018

Detecting inherited risk factors for diseases tied to more than a single gene has proved challenging. Now, researchers have used artificial intelligence to predict an individual's risk for developing a complex cardiovascular disease using only his or her genome sequence.

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Detecting a Peanut in a Haystack
Detecting a Peanut in a Haystack
News   Sep 06, 2018

Researchers have developed a sensitive new test to detect trace amounts of peanuts in foods using the peanuts’ DNA.

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Nitrogen Fixation Engineering in Cereal Crops Moves a Step Closer
Nitrogen Fixation Engineering in Cereal Crops Moves a Step Closer
News   Sep 06, 2018

A new way of engineering nitrogen fixation has been discovered, bringing us one step closer to engineering a range of crops to fix their own nitrogen.

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DNA Analysis Reveals History of Ancient Warriors
DNA Analysis Reveals History of Ancient Warriors
News   Sep 06, 2018

In 1962, an Alemannic burial site containing human skeletal remains of what were believed to be high-ranked warriors was discovered in Niederstotzingen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). Only now has DNA analysis been used to understand the social history of these ancient individuals.

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Genes Account for Good Grades Throughout School, Claim Researchers
Genes Account for Good Grades Throughout School, Claim Researchers
News   Sep 06, 2018

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed. A new study suggests that genes have a huge influence on academic success, from the start of elementary school to the last day of high school.

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