Maryland and Montana have become the first U.S. states to pass laws that make it tougher for law enforcement to access DNA databases. The new laws, which aim to safeguard the genetic privacy of millions of Americans, focus on consumer DNA databases, such as 23andMe, Ancestry, GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA, all of which let people upload […]
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The Accutron DNA doesn't use quartz or mechanical power, and instead has an electrostatic motor powered by twin turbines. This is how it came about.
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(Shinshu University) A group of researchers led by Tomohide Takaya of Shinshu University succeeded in improving skeletal muscle differentiation worsened by diabetes with oligo DNA.
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(Earlham Institute) A new software tool developed by Earlham Institute researchers will help bioinformaticians improve the quality and accuracy of their biological data, and avoid mis-assemblies. The fast, lightweight, user-friendly tool visualises genome assemblies and gene alignments from the latest next generation sequencing technologies.
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  The untiring comprehensive inclusion of the Kargil battle among India and Pakistan acquired exposure and pulled in more watchers towards the electronic channel. This broadcast struggle additionally sets a news benchmark for wartime reporting. During the Kargil war, normal residents saw how their valiant Jawans battled notwithstanding in antagonistic conditions and watched the conflict front live by the solely news channels, Star-TV and Zee-News. The live inclusion of the combat zone assisted with making a rapture of enthusiasm among the Indian masses, which later worked with into gathering enormous assets for the government assistance of the groups of Kargil saints. Each news program draws the consideration of huge number of watchers yet Kargil war pulls in private telecasters to put more cash in the telecom business by dispatching a news station. In November 1999, The news media has changed enormously in the course of the last 25 years TV18 went into a 49:51 joint endeavor with CNBC Asia to dispatch CNBC India.
Indian watchers had extremely restricted choices (like public assistance telecaster Doordarshan, BBC and CNN) for watching the TV news. For broadcast news, the watchers needed to watch Dordarshan and some worldwide news channels like BBC or CNN. In this competition to give more news, more data, Zee Television hopped into the combat zone by dispatching the news station Zee News in 1995. This News and current undertakings channel altered the manner in which news was conveyed to the watchers. Since its beginning Zee News has attempted to be the quickest to give news, pursuing a solitary objective of Sabse Pahle (Always First). The other nonstop news channel, the Murdoch-claimed Star TV radiated its solely 24-hour news channels, Star News in 1998.
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(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Scientists at EPFL and UNIL have used a novel algorithmic approach on cancer cells to understand how changes in histone marks (H3K27ac) induce repositioning of chromatin regions in the cell nucleus, and described how modifications of local contacts between regulatory elements (enhancers and promoters) influence oncogene expression.
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A Q&A with David Trachy, Senior Director of Emerging Markets at Spectra Logic.
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An at-home DNA test kit can tell you about your genealogy, help you build your family tree, and provide some health information. Here are the 4 best.
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(NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)) The potential uses of human pluripotent stem cells in medicine are hampered by the stress of growing in a cell culture dish, which can damage their DNA and lead to cell death. NCATS researchers have devised a small-molecule cocktail that can protect stem cells from stress. They suggest that the cocktail could enhance the potential uses of stem cells, ranging from treating diseases and conditions like Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury to genome editing.
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Odd form of DNA helps viruses resist their host's defenses.
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(University of Texas at Dallas) Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have moved closer toward this goal by developing a nanopore sequencing platform that, for the first time, can detect the presence of nucleobases, the building blocks of DNA and RNA. The study was published online Feb. 11 and is featured on the back cover of the April print edition of the journal Electrophoresis.
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(University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) The heat-shock protein DNAJC9 has a surprising dual histone chaperone functionality a new study in Molecular Cell shows. The protein is the first shown to actively release histones that are trapped in non-specific interactions with DNA, directing them back to their job of organizing chromatin in the cell.
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(Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research) A new gene editing technology called CRISPRoff allows researchers to control gene expression with high specificity while leaving the sequence of the DNA unchanged. The method is stable enough to be inherited through hundreds of cell divisions, and is also fully reversible.
(University of Fukui) The persistent overuse of antibiotics has led to the evolution of antibiotic resistant pathogens, or "superbugs," which can cause severe life-threatening infections that must be diagnosed and treated early on. However, antibiotic sensitivity assays used to detect resistance rely on cell culture that can take several days. Overcoming this limitation, researchers have now designed a novel self-driven DNA nanosensor that can rapidly detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a lethal superbug, with high sensitivity and specificity.
The ancient DNA study raises more questions than it answers.
DNA has been considered the gold standard of forensic evidence for more than 30 years, even as various types of junk science have fallen out of use. But in recent years, police and crime labs have stretched and expanded how they use genetic material to pin suspects—from tapping into private ancestry websites to creating police sketches of suspects’ faces. The latest practice to come under scrutiny is an obscure technique, “probabilistic genotyping,” that takes incomplete or otherwise inscrutable DNA left behind at a crime scene, often in minuscule amounts, and runs it through a software program that calculates how likely… This story continues at The Next Web
File this one under: While the rest of the world was busy trying to get virtual assistants to tell dad jokes, researchers in Estonia figured out how to Deepfake people at the molecular level. We’ve seen a delightful onslaught of AI-generated content over the last few years from generative adversarial networks (GANs) attempting to create so-called “Deepfake” imagery. There’s this person does not exist. And this cat does not exist. You can even generate feet, resumes, and waifu that does not exist. It’s astounding how realistic some of the imagery created out of thin air by AI can be. But… This story continues at The Next Web
The Neanderthal microbiome wasn’t so different from ours, a recent study suggests.
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Brain-like artificial networks are often referred to as a "black box" because researchers do not know how they learn and make predictions. Researchers at CSHL reported a way to peek inside the box and identify key features on which the computer relies, particularly when trying to identify complex DNA sequences.
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