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Martin Widschwendter on epigenetic predictions for non-hereditary breast cancer

A Genome Medicine study shows how epigenetic insights from BRCA1 mutation carriers may help in predicting breast cancer in the general population

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Jeffrey Cummings on problems with the Alzheimer’s drug development pipeline

Research uncovers the extent of failure for drug development in Alzheimer’s disease, and the need to increase the number of new candidate drugs

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Mihai Pop on changing gut microbiota in childhood diarrhoea

Research in Genome Biology uncovers novel correlations between microbial diversity and diarrhoea in young children of low income countries

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Barcoding lines: Matthew Porteus on how clonal cell lines really are

Research in Genome Biology presents a novel method for tracking the clonal dynamics of some of the most commonly used cell lines

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Greg Gibson on predicting cardiovascular death through telling transcripts

Gene expression profiles found associated with risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death, in a Genome Medicine study

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José García-Arrarás and Vladimir Mashanov on echinoderm clues to neural regeneration

Transcriptomic insights into central nervous system regeneration uncovered from studying the highly regenerative sea cucumber

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John Laterra on targeting lipid metabolism in malignant brain tumours

Lipid metabolism is often increased in cancer cells; researchers probe the potential of targeting fatty acid synthesis in glioblastoma

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Robert Vassar and Lokesh Kukreja on mitochondrial mutants in Alzheimer’s

Mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated Alzheimer’s disease; researchers now probe its effects on amyloid plaques and brain atrophy

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Moshe Oren on taking transcriptomics to the next level with 4sUDRB-seq

Research in Genome Biology presents a novel method to measure transcription elongation rates genome-wide, 4sUDRB-seq

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Michael Speicher and Ellen Heitzer on tracking cancer with ‘liquid biopsies’

Research in Genome Medicine presents a novel ‘liquid biopsy’ for prostate cancer using whole genome sequencing of circulating tumour DNA