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Viral Protector

By | April 21, 2015

A retrovirus embedded in the human genome may help protect embryos from other viruses, and influence fetal development.

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Time Bungles Precision Medicine

By | April 20, 2015

Personalized pancreatic cancer therapies based on tumor genomics may take too long to prepare to be helpful, according to a small clinical trial.

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Protein Spurs T-Cell Proliferation

By | April 17, 2015

A newly discovered protein promotes immunity to viruses and cancer by triggering the production of cytotoxic T cells.

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Citrus History

By | April 16, 2015

An analysis of 34 chloroplast genomes reveals how and when modern fruit varieties evolved from a common ancestor.

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Cancer Sequencing Controls

By | April 15, 2015

Comparing a patient’s tumor DNA sequence with that of her normal tissue can improve researchers’ identification of disease-associated mutations.

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A Benefit of Failed Pregnancy?

By | April 9, 2015

Scientists find a common genetic variant in mothers that decreases the chance of successful pregnancy.

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Clam Cancer Rips Along Atlantic Coast

By | April 9, 2015

A leukemia that’s killing far-flung populations of softshell clams may be contagious. 

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Potentially Harmful Stowaways

By | April 8, 2015

Researchers report an estimate of the average number of recessive lethal mutations people carry.

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BRCA Mutations Mapped

By | April 7, 2015

In a large study, researchers find evidence to suggest that the type and location of a woman’s BRCA1/2 mutations may affect her cancer risk.

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CRISPR–Enabled Epigenome Editing

By | April 6, 2015

Researchers apply the genome-editing technology to alter histones at distant gene enhancers, controlling gene expression.

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