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Contact Lens Solutions, Soap, Spit, and Rum

Carolyn Johnson of The Boston Globe reports on a DIYbio event, held by Mackenzie Cowell, which taught participants to isolate DNA from their saliva using contact lens solution, soap, and rum. Cowell gave participants "a quick primer on genetics, and the option to add ingredients to their DNA that would allow them to make many copies of a portion of one of two genes" which he planned to have sequenced, according to the Globe. Anna Croft, a research scientists at MIT who was in attendance, told the Globe, "It’s totally awesome. It means people can start to understand what’s going on — it’s bringing everything back to basics and making stuff a little less intimidating."

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.