NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – While the physiological function of some microRNAs has been established, especially in cases where they strongly downregulate specific genes, the broader purpose of the small, non-coding RNAs has been unclear. New research published this week, however, indicates that miRNAs act as genomic noise dampeners, controlling variability in protein expression.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.

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With the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), genomes sequencing has been democratized over the last decades with the detection of genomic alterations, thus replacing Sanger sequencing.