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Professionals in the genetics field generally support editing the genomes of somatic cells, mirroring public opinion, but diverge from nonexperts when it comes to germline editing.

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Sequencing Genomes in the ICU Improves Outcomes

By | October 19, 2017

A handful of infants in a neonatal intensive care unit who were diagnosed with rare diseases using whole-genome sequencing had shorter hospital stays and better health outcomes, researchers find.

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Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.

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GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.

By | October 13, 2017

The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.

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Study Illuminates Genetics of Skin Color

By | October 12, 2017

Researchers identified genes related to melanin levels in African populations.

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Combined transcription and genome data from multiple tissues in hundreds of human donors reveal links between genotype and gene expression across the body.

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Study Raises Questions About Patient-Derived Xenografts

By | October 10, 2017

When transplanted into mice, tumor genomes evolve differently than they do in patients, study finds.

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Scientists are using a powerful gene editing technique to understand how human embryos develop.

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Gene Drive Limitations

By | October 9, 2017

In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.

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Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Humans

By | October 5, 2017

A new study reveals how Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of present-day British people influences their traits.

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