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This Week in Nature

Published in Nature's early online edition, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have used stem cells to study why cancer appears less in people with Down syndrome. Following up on previous studies, they found that one gene on chromosome 21, DSCR1, is increased in expression in Down's syndrome tissues and in a mouse model of Down's syndrome. DSCR1, Down's syndrome candidate region-1, encodes a protein that suppresses angiogenesis by the calcineurin pathway.

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In Genome Biology this week: comparative genomics study of Aspergillus, genetic variation in indigenous African cattle, and more.

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British researchers say they've been removed from EU grant applications, according to the Guardian.