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Using ‘genomic breadcrumbs’ to track the coronavirus—and predict how to cope with it

Rapid sequencing of viral genomes can help public health officials figure out the origins, spread and nature of quickly moving ...
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China’s latest outbreak sparks concerns over dangerous coronavirus mutations

Chinese doctors are seeing the coronavirus manifest differently among patients in its new cluster of cases in the northeast region ...
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Infographic: Tracking coronavirus strains with genetic ‘barcodes’

Drexel University researchers have reported a method to quickly identify and label mutated versions of the virus that causes COVID-19 ...
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Genetic analysis tracks spread of 3 primary coronavirus variants

Researchers from Cambridge, U.K., and Germany have used a genetic network technique known as phylogenetic network analysis to reconstruct the ...
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Pandemic path: Tracking the spread of the coronavirus through its genetic mutations

As the coronavirus spreads around the globe, it has mutated in tiny, subtle ways. Those mutations aren’t cause for concern, ...
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DNA tests can guide breast cancer treatment, while also raising questions we can’t yet answer

In a new era of precision medicine, the role of genetics is becoming increasingly critical to determine who might benefit ...
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More precise cancer treatments may be possible by pairing CRISPR with genetic sequencing

In search of new ways to sequence human genomes and read critical alterations in DNA, researchers have successfully used the ...
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Amish people study suggests environmental factors influence mutations causing disease and evolution more than genes

The rate of new mutations in the human genome appear to be consistent across diverse populations, except one—the Old Order ...
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Sperm test could predict odds of fathering child with autism

Some men who have an autistic child carry mutations linked to the condition only in their sperm, according to a ...
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Sex-linked mutations point to need for closer look at causes of autism in women, study suggests

Autism may stem from a different — and larger — set of genetic mutations in women than it does in ...
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Metabolism, environment, lifestyle are better than genetics at predicting disease risk, study says

Many diseases have been associated with common gene mutations, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). But how well do SNPs or ...
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Cancer cells alter mutation rates to survive targeted therapies. Researchers want to know how they do it.

In response to antibiotic treatment, bacteria improve their odds of survival by increasing the rate of mutations in their genomes, ...
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‘Super rare’ mutation protected Colombian woman from Alzheimer’s disease

Most of the time when we think about genetic mutations, we think about the ones that spell disaster. But sometimes, ...
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Video: Two mutations join forces to create deadlier cancer

Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have discovered that ...
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Werner syndrome and the curious case of the Japanese man who is aging too fast

Nobuaki Nagashima has Werner syndrome, which causes his body to age at super speed. This condition is teaching us more ...
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Knowledge without context: Why consumer genetic tests can spark needless fears, behavioral changes

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are growing in popularity. They can tell us a lot about our personal building blocks. But there ...
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Autism-linked mutation may also play role in gastrointestinal problems

Mutations in the gene NLGN3, found in some people with autism, alter mice’s gut nervous system, two new studies suggest ...
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How a combination of rare mutations created devastating heart problems for this family

Heritable diseases — say Huntington’s, sickle cell anemia, or cystic fibrosis — are typically thought of as the result of ...
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‘Evolution in action’: How ancient humans developed a mutation to protect against diabetes

An ancient mutation that spread through humans after the advent of cooking may protect people against high blood sugar and ...
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AI discovers new autism-linked mutations in ‘junk’ DNA

Many mutations in DNA that contribute to disease are not in actual genes but instead lie in the 99% of ...
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Why having a risky genetic mutation isn’t necessarily doom and gloom

Most people think carrying a gene variant associated with a disease means automatically getting that disease, according to Sekar Kathiresan, ...
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Gene mutation could explain why children with autism have trouble falling asleep

Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has ...
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Off-target RNA mutations: Why this ‘more precise genome-editing’ technique needs improvement

Base editors designed to convert one DNA nucleotide to another may also perform large numbers of unwanted edits to RNA, ...
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Can genetic matchmaking help us find a healthier true love?

Ever since his work on [the Human Genome Project, geneticist George Church has] been trying to sequence the rest of ...
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Being poor ‘leaves a mark’ on 10 percent of your genes

The cycle of poverty isn’t just an economist’s tag slapped on repeat generations of poor, it is actually changing genetics ...
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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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Viewpoint: Gene-edited kids are no riskier than the non-edited variety

"The introduction of genetic modifications into future generations could have permanent and possibly harmful effects on the species," a group ...
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Video: Understanding the mystery of hidden or ‘dark DNA’

Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious parts of our DNA. Here’s what they’ve found so far. Read full, original post: “Dark ...