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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers have uncovered somatic recombination events in the APP gene in both people with and without Alzheimer's disease, some of which might give rise to variants that contribute to the disease.

The process appears to rely on reverse transcriptase, suggesting HIV antiretroviral drugs that block this enzyme as a potential new treatment for Alzheimer's.

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The American Prospect writes that the pilot program to test the DNA of migrants could lead to more family separations.

An international commission is to develop a report on how researchers, clinicians, and regulators should evaluate the clinical applications of human germline genome editing.

The US Department of Agriculture presents a new blueprint for animal genomic research.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive element deletion linked to altered methylation and more in form of muscular dystrophy; human contamination in draft bacterial and archaeal genomes; and more.