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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A common allele in the FGF21 gene affects the macronutrients people tend to eat and is associated with lower body fat, but high blood pressure.

FGF21 is a hormone secreted by the liver that sends a signal to the brain to suppress sugar and alcohol consumption, while also stimulating glucose uptake and acting as an insulin sensitizer. Because of this, it has been pursued as the basis of obesity and type 2 diabetes treatments.

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The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening another interference proceeding in the CRISPR patent fight.

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In Cell this week: messenger RNA expression and translation, RNA localization atlas, and more.

Jul
23
Sponsored by
Qiagen

This webinar will discuss how the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the University of Oklahoma (OUMP) is using a new quality improvement model to support molecular testing of oncology patients. 

Jul
30
Sponsored by
Mission Bio

This webinar will outline a project that performs large-scale and integrative single-cell genome and transcriptome profiling of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cases at diagnosis, during drug treatment, and in case of relapse.