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  • Missing bird genes

    Birds lack numerous protein coding genes which are present in the majority of other vertebrate lineages in conserved syntenic clusters

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:565
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    Cancer risk by ethnicity in England

    Analysis of cancer incidence data in England reveals that risk of breast and gynaecological cancers varies by ethnic group but groups typically grouped together are not homogenous with regards to their cancer risk.

    BMC Cancer 2014, 14:979
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    Tobacco use linked to social factors

    Population-based data from 30 sub-Saharan African countries provides country-level prevalence estimates of tobacco use, demonstrating varying use of smoking and smokeless tobacco that are linked to social determinants such as gender, age and education.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:243
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    Novel mechanism in herpesvirus-induced malignancies

    Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus was found to dysregulate the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway within endothelial cells, which might be a novel mechanism in herpesvirus-induced malignancies.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:218
  • Function of B chromosomes in vertebrates

    There is a growing body of evidence that B chromosomes in vertebrates, once regarded as genetically inert, harbor protein-coding genes that affect host fitness and evolution.

    Molecular Cytogenetics 2014, 7:99
  • Ovarian cancer driver

    A combined analysis of immunohistochemical and genomic data for ovarian cancer reveals that PTEN loss is a common and prognostic driver event

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:526
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    Sex differences in mortality risk after MI

    Evidence from a meta-analysis suggests that there are sex differences in risk factors for mortality after myocardial infarction (MI), providing information that should inform prediction models to improve risk assessment for men and women.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:242
  • Microbial ‘fingerprinting’ for sexual crime scenes

    New research suggests that microbial communities living on an individual’s pubic hairs could be used as a ‘fingerprint’ to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases.

    Investigative Genetics 2014, 5:16
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    IVF method linked to hormone levels in children

    Thyroid hormone levels are elevated in children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) with fresh embryo transfer (ET) compared with frozen ET, suggesting that frozen ET could reduce the risks of thyroid dysfunction in children born after IVF.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:240
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    When breeding for length, put no weight on mass

    Longshanks mice, a line of laboratory mice specially bred for longer hind-limbs, showed a substantial increase in limb length over just 14 generations despite restraints caused by genetic correlations with body mass, which did not increase.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:258
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