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The Right to Not Know

By | April 2, 2014

Patients should be able to decline learning about incidental genetic findings when undergoing whole-genome screens, according to new expert recommendations.

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Week in Review: March 24–28

By | March 28, 2014

Synthetic yeast chromosome; human enhancers and promoters mapped; brain-wide map links fly behaviors to neurons; treating eye diseases with nanotechnology

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DNA Bends Control Gene Activation

By | March 25, 2014

Genomic structures called i-motifs signal DNA activation, while hairpin loops signal gene suppression.  

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Funders Fight Re-Identification

By | March 25, 2014

Four UK research funding agencies firm up their stance against deliberate attempts by researchers to re-identify supposedly anonymous study participants.

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DNA Mugshots

By | March 24, 2014

Variants of 20 genes can predict the shape of a person’s face, a study finds.

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Week in Review: March 17–21

By | March 21, 2014

Protein appears to protect stressed neurons; vitamin A’s lifelong effects on immunity; stem cells influenced by substrates; supercharged photosynthesis through nanotechnology

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Watson Challenges Cancer

By | March 20, 2014

The IBM supercomputer, famous for its game show performance, will aid in cloud-based analyses of genomic data.  

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BRCA1 Linked to Brain Size

By | March 20, 2014

The breast cancer-associated gene may play a protective role in neural stem cells, a mouse study finds.

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Engineered Microbes Act as Sensors

By | March 18, 2014

Souped-up E. coli can detect an antibiotic within the guts of live mice, researchers show.

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Week in Review: March 10–14

By | March 14, 2014

Whole-genome sequencing in the clinic; blood-based biomarkers predict future cognitive problems; how some pain meds inhibit bacterial growth; ResearchGate launches Open Review

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