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Rapid Brain Growth in Autism Linked to DNA Damage
News   Jan 31, 2020

Researchers have discovered a unique pattern of DNA damage that arises in brain cells derived from individuals with a macrocephalic form of autism spectrum disorder.

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Creating a DNA Map of Genetic Disorders in Cats
News   Jan 31, 2020

Using domestic cats, researchers have located a specific mutation in the gene responsible for causing a rare condition that weakens the immune system.

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CRISPR Gets a Boost in Stem Cells
News   Jan 31, 2020

A new update to the CRISPR base editing technology originally developed in the lab of David Liu at Harvard has vastly outperformed previous efforts by making highly accurate, single-DNA base editing with an efficiency of up to 90% of human stem cells.

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A Druggable Target for Huntington’s Disease?
News   Jan 31, 2020

Using a type of genetic screen that had previously been impossible in the mammalian brain, MIT neuroscientists have discovered genes that could act as druggable targets for Huntington’s disease.

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Exploring DIY DNA Kits, Genetics and Race
News   Jan 30, 2020

The industry around do-it-yourself DNA kits has exploded, with tens of millions of people sending in samples to learn about their family history. But what consumers might consider a lighthearted glimpse into their backgrounds gave Penn sociologist Wendy Roth pause for thought.

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Nature vs Nurture: Genetics Contributes to Mental Health Risk in Adoptees
News   Jan 30, 2020

Both genetics and early life stress are important factors for mental health problems in adults adopted as children, according to a new study.

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Cancer Chromosomes Give the Game Away
News   Jan 30, 2020

According to a new study, cancer cells gain and lose so-called “chromosome arms”, which can change their response to drugs.

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Are You “At Risk” for Habitually Eating Tofu or Drinking Coffee?
News   Jan 30, 2020

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) in Japan and colleagues at Osaka University have found genetic variations in humans related to specific dietary habits.

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Never Too Late To Quit: Protective Cells Could Cut Risk of Lung Cancer for Ex-smokers
News   Jan 30, 2020

Protective cells in the lungs of ex-smokers could explain why quitting smoking reduces the risk of developing lung cancer, Cancer Research UK-funded researchers have determined.

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World First: Genetically Engineered Moth Is Released Into an Open Field
News   Jan 29, 2020

For the first time scientists have released a genetically engineered, self-limiting agricultural pest into an open field. They have evaluated its potential for future crop protection, with promising results.

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