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'An Embarrassingly Simple Reaction'

Nobel prize-winner Edwin Krebs died from progressive heart failure. He was 91. Krebs shared the 1992 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine with Edmond Fischer for their elucidation of the regulatory role of reversible protein phosphorylation. "It was an embarrassingly simple reaction that we found," Fischer told the New York Times. While the importance of their discovery took a while to catch on, Fischer says that "these days there's not a pharmaceutical house or biotech company that doesn't have an eye on those reactions."

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.