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Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.

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image: DNA Replication Errors Contribute to Cancer Risk

DNA Replication Errors Contribute to Cancer Risk

By | March 23, 2017

A follow-up study confirms that random mutations acquired during normal stem cell division likely play a major role in cancer incidence.

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image: Abundant Sequence Errors in Public Databases

Abundant Sequence Errors in Public Databases

By | February 16, 2017

A new algorithm reveals hoards of preparation-induced DNA mutations in publicly available human sequences.

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image: Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped

Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped

By | November 3, 2016

Scientists produce a detailed genomic map of mutations and epigenetic changes associated with smoking tobacco across 17 tumor types. 

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image: Sequencing Reveals Genomic Diversity of the Human Brain

Sequencing Reveals Genomic Diversity of the Human Brain

By | September 16, 2016

Researchers examine the role of long interspersed element-1 retrotransposition in neuronal mosaicism.

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image: Monitoring Mitochondrial Mutations

Monitoring Mitochondrial Mutations

By | April 18, 2016

Induced pluripotent stem cells—particularly those generated from older patients—should be screened for defects in mitochondrial DNA, a study shows.

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image: Low Mutation Rate in iPSCs

Low Mutation Rate in iPSCs

By | April 11, 2016

The mutation rate in induced pluripotent stem cells is 10 times lower than in somatic cells, scientists show.

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image: Mosaic Mutations May Not Be Rare

Mosaic Mutations May Not Be Rare

By | June 5, 2015

Somatic mosaicism may be responsible for a larger proportion of genomic variability within humans than previously thought.

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Personalized Cancer Vaccines

By | April 2, 2015

A dendritic cell vaccine targeting melanoma patients’ tumor-specific mutations can activate a broad range of cancer-fighting T cells. 

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image: Stem Cell Divisions Help Explain Cancer Risk

Stem Cell Divisions Help Explain Cancer Risk

By | January 1, 2015

An analysis of 31 tissues finds that random mutations acquired during stem cell divisions correlate with lifetime cancer risk.  

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