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Should Healthy People Have Their Exomes Sequenced?

By | March 24, 2017

With its announced launch of a whole-exome sequencing service for apparently healthy individuals, Ambry Genetics is the latest company to enter this growing market. But whether these services are useful for most people remains up for debate.  

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Week in Review: March 20–24

By | March 24, 2017

What proposed budget cuts could mean for NIH; how astrocytes help control circadian behaviors in mice; how mutations confer virulence to vaccine-derived polio; why cancer risk is in part “random”

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Mitochondrial DNA polymerase is necessary for the destruction of paternal mtDNA in fruit fly sperm, scientists show.

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Proteins with unstable 3-D structures help the microscopic animals withstand drying.

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Image of the Day: Colorful Chromosomes

By | March 16, 2017

This 3-D model of the mouse genome depicts the interactions between chromosomes within an embryonic stem cell.

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Genome Digest

By | March 16, 2017

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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House Bill Could Help Employers Dodge GINA

By | March 13, 2017

HR 1313 could circumvent protections offered by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, enabling employers to incentivize employee sharing of genetic and other medical information.

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Week in Review: March 6–10

By | March 10, 2017

Moving toward a fully synthetic yeast genome; backing up environmental data; regulating appetite with osteoblast hormones; investigating electrosensory organs in fish; contemplating federal science budgets

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A species concept based on interacting nuclear and mitochondrial genes in bird species holds promise to more objectively define species.

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image: Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed

Five More Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Completed

By | March 9, 2017

Members of the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project have synthesized five additional yeast chromosomes from scratch. 

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