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Next-Generation Sequencing – News and Features

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Smoking May Increase Your Risk of Mental Illness

Research finds that smoking increases the risk of developing depression by more than 100 percent, but the risk can be reduced significantly if you quit smoking.
A babies feet.

Do Gut Bacteria Play a Role in Preventing or Treating Eczema?

A new study has revealed important associations between the gut microbiome and eczema in infancy, and has established the basis for the potential prevention and treatment of eczema via modulation of the gut microbiota.
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The Quest To Discover the Cell Types of the Brain

In this article, Mike Hawrylycz, an investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, discusses a large, collaborative quest to discover the different cell types of the brain.
Kākāpō in burrow.

Conservation of Kākāpō Populations Supported by Genome Sequencing

High-quality sequencing of nearly the entire kākāpō population, funded through a Genomics Aotearoa project, is helping New Zealand to manage the health of this critically endangered species.
The novel bacteria observed using Transmission Electron Microscopy.

Novel Bacterial Species Isolated From Deep Ocean

Planctomycetes bacteria play key roles in global element cycles, however, few deep-sea members have been cultivated. Researchers have now successfully cultured a novel strain of Planctomycetes, Poriferisphaera hetertotrophicis.
Vaccine vials overlaid with blue lines and circles to represent a data network.

Accelerating Vaccine Development With Automation

This article will outline how automation is currently adopted in vaccine development, including workflows and methods to improve efficiency. In addition, it will explore future opportunities to implement automation when developing vaccines.
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Industry Insight

Man’s Best Friend – Solving the Dog Epigenome To Advance Human Oncology

This article discusses how the culture of canine-derived organoid lines can be used to make meaningful observations in the emerging field of comparative oncology, prompting the next revolution in animal and human cancer studies.
Cows on a field.

Precision Microbiome Editing To Tackle Methane Emissions

Professors Jillian Banfield and Jennifer Doudna are embarking on an adventurous $70 million project to combat methane emissions by genetically editing microbes. Technology Networks interviewed the research team to learn more about the "audacious" project.
Double helix structure of DNA.

Parkinson’s Disease Gene Variant Found Almost Exclusively in People of African Ancestry

A gene variant found almost exclusively in the genomes of people of African ancestry increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to an international study of nearly 198,000 participants with this genetic background.
A picture of an X and Y chromosome.

Y Chromosome’s Complete Sequence Published

An international research team of over 100 scientists has determined the full genetic sequence of the Y chromosome. The milestone study bolsters our understanding of human genetics and further improves the human reference genome that was first constructed in 2003.