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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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Why the Pantoea pathogen persists in a multitude of environments

Pan-genome analysis of the enterobacteria Pantoea ananatis reveals why it survives in a multitude of environments & infects diverse species

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Does the battle of the sexes start in the oviduct?

Researchers probe whether sex allocation in mammals can be biased in the oviduct through different reactions to X or Y spermatazoa

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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

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Amazonian giants: discovery of the novel giant mimivirus Samba

Researchers discover a novel giant mimivirus in the Amazonian rainforest named Samba, providing evolutionary insights through phylogenetic analysis

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Translation from the heart of connexin-43

Insights into how connexin-43 is internally translated revealed in Cell Communication & Signaling

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