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Getting Down to Business

By | April 1, 2014

Is there a genetic component to entrepreneurial success?

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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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Synthetic Yeast Chromosome

By | March 27, 2014

A heavily edited version of yeast shows just how flexible eukaryotic chromosomes can be.

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Enhancer and Promoter Atlases

By | March 26, 2014

Consortium annotates the human genome with cell type-specific information about transcription start sites, active enhancers, and their expression throughout the body.

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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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