Genetics

The First App Store For Your DNA Is Here

DNA testing is not new to consumers, but it’s a one-shot deal. You send in your sample, then you get to see ancestry and health data provided by the company you chose to use for testing. Some new insights might be added over time, but there’s not much else you …

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Researchers Identify Potential Cause of Lupus

A group of researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has identified a protein called Blimp-1 as a likely primary cause of the adverse reaction of the immune system in lupus patients. Common signs and symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus, the most common type of lupus. Image credit: Mikael …

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Researchers Replay Digital Movie Encoded in Bacterial DNA

For the first time, researchers have used the CRISPR-Cas microbial immune system to encode a primitive digital movie into — and then ‘play it back’ from — the genomes of living E.coli bacteria. DNA is emerging as an excellent medium for storing data. Image credit: Shipman et al, doi: 10.1038/nature23017. …

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