Genomics

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Scientists achieve first complete assembly of human X chromosome

The first end-to-end, completely gapless DNA sequence of a human chromosome is a major milestone for genomics.

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UC Berkeley launches trial of saliva test for COVID-19

Saliva can be gathered without medical supervision, unlike current tests, which saves time, money and precious PPE.

David Ardell

Researchers forge a new weapon to fight parasites and other infections

‘It’s a first step toward fulfilling the promise of the genomics era to inform how we combat disease,’ lead researcher says.

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Most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes completed

The Pan-Cancer Project discovers causes of unexplained cancers and zeros in on mechanisms of development.

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Why are humans the only species prone to heart attacks?

Gene loss 2 to 3 million years ago may explain why coronary events are common in humans but rare in other animals.

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Scientists chart course toward a new world of synthetic biology

Genetically engineered trees that provide fire-resistant lumber for homes? We're on the cusp of a revolution.

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The first genome surgeons

CRISPR opens door to new type of medicine: “genome surgery.”

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Cracking the sugar code: Why the ‘glycome’ is the next big thing in health and medicine

The long sugar chains covering our cells could provide answers to cancer, aging and autoimmune diseases.

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Finding Ebola before it finds you

For the first time, scientists discover a new Ebola species in a host prior to detection in an infected human or animal.

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Did your great-great grandpa eat bugs?

A gene for digesting crunchy insects suggests that our common ancestor in the Age of Dinosaurs was an insect eater.

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