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Next-Generation Sequencing – News and Features

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Genes Linked With Addiction to Psychostimulant Drugs Identified

Mice lacking the Period 2 (Per2) gene, a gene associated with circadian rhythm, are considered a potential animal model for studying vulnerability to drug abuse.
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New Neural Cell Type Discovered

A new neural cell type with astrocyte characteristics and the molecular machinery for synaptic transmission has been discovered.

New Insights Into “Genetic Imprinting” of Genes Passed From Fathers to Offspring

Van Andel Institute scientists and collaborators have identified a key part of a mechanism that annotates genetic information before it is passed from fathers to their offspring.
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Researchers Identify “On/Off” Switch for Pathogenic Behaviour in Fungi

By comparing the beneficial and harmful fungal Ct strains, researchers found that activation of a single fungal secondary metabolism gene cluster determined the negative impact of the fungus on the host plant.
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New RNA Liquid Biopsy Platform Improves Cancer Detection

A new liquid biopsy platform has been developed that uses RNA "dark matter" to diagnose cancer types including pancreatic, lung and esophageal, in the early stages.
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Industry Insight

The Staying Power of Chromosomal Microarray Analysis: Innovations on the Horizon Will Future Proof Tried and True Technology

Robert Balog describes innovations in microarray testing technology that are contributing to faster turnaround times, automated interpretation and improved coverage.
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Why Do Only Certain Brain Tumors Respond to Immunotherapy?

A new study has shown why tumors that have spread to the brain respond to immunotherapy while cancers that originate in the brain, like glioblastoma, do not.
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Trends and Advancements in Proteomics

Proteomics methods are now applied across a variety of scientific disciplines. In this article, we explore just some of the recent trends and advancements in high-throughput and single-cell proteomics.
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Journey Through the Genetic Evolution of Stone Age Europe

The genetic analysis of 46 ancient specimens from Stone Age Europe further enhance our understanding of population dynamics during this time. While some groups clearly intermingled, others appear to have been isolated from one another.

Using Genomics To Produce the Next Super Potato

Scientists have assembled the genome sequences of nearly 300 varieties of potatoes and its wild relatives to develop more nutritious, disease-free, and weather-proof crop.