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Store It All as DNA

Researchers in Switzerland are investigating using DNA as a data-storage device.

A method developed at MIT creates polyacrylamide beads around droplets containing single cells to sequester bacterial genomes and allow for harsh lysis conditions; it then uses concatenated PCR and sequencing to address links between phylogeny and function.

The technique has the promise of enabling basic cancer research, and could also be used for in vitro screening of chemotherapeutic drug response.

NEW YORK(GenomeWeb News) – The University of Perugia's Agostinho Carvalho and colleagues explored the influence that polymorphisms in a gene called PTX3 — known for its role in mediating immune responses to fungi — might have on an individual's risk of developing invasive aspergillosis infections

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a tool to single out specific proteins contained within the Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteome.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Swiss proteomics firm Biognosys has raised CHF2.7 million ($3 million) in a Series A round, it announced on Monday.

The project will involve several sequencing technologies, including Pacific Biosciences' PacBio RS.

By looking at microRNA profiles in two mouse models of obesity, researchers have identified a pair of closely related miRNAs that are involved in regulating glucose metabolism and insulin signaling.

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CNN reports that researchers have tied a new variant to opioid addiction risk.

Organoids derived from patients' tumors may help determine what chemotherapy treatment patients would benefit from, according to New Scientist.

An initiative from GenomeAsia 100K hopes to increase the number of South Asians in genetic research, according to NBC News.

In Science this week: genomic analysis of ancient and modern horses indicates population turnover, and more.