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The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.

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image: Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.

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Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.

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image: New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations

New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations

By Sandeep Ravindran | March 1, 2018

Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.

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image: Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease

Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease

By Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | March 1, 2018

New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.

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The variation may help explain why stocked salmon don’t fare as well in the ocean.

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Including microbiome composition in predictions of whether a person is obese can significantly improve their accuracy, according to an analysis.

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The elimination of the biting pests was an added bonus after researchers unleashed a rat-eradication endeavor on the tiny islands.  

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Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.

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In cooperation with its microbiome, the animal has genetic help in digesting blood and warding off pathogens.

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