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The team showed in a study this week that they could detect BRAF mutations in thyroid cancer, and believe the method could also allow blood-based early cancer detection.

Mizzou researcher Elizabeth King plans to use a fruit fly model to study how physiology and genetic makeup change over time in response to certain diets.

Precise Pigs

CRISPR-Cas9 offers possibility of "precision breeding" for livestock, Scientific American writes.

Lykoi cat

A University of Missouri-led team is delving into the genetics of a domestic shorthair cat breed known for its werewolf-like appearance.

Researchers have sequenced and analyzed more than 50 feral and domestic cats in search of genetic variants involved in specific physical features and forms of disease. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers from Washington University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri has used comparative genomics to search for genetic signatures associated with biological and behavioral features found in the domestic cat, Felis silvestris c

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Through a study of admixture patterns in domesticated cattle, researchers led by the University of Missouri's Jeremy Taylor have begun to untangle how different breeds are related.

Kaneka of Osaka, Japan, has been awarded US Patent No. 8,546,131, "Method for detecting nucleic acid, and device or kit."
Shigehiko Miyamoto, Tomohisa Kato, Koji Takahashi, and Jun Tomono are named as inventors.

July has proven to be a big month for microRNAs at the National Institutes of Health, which handed out more than $2.3 million in grants to fund research into both the basic science of the small, non-coding RNAs and their roles in various disease states.

Scientists from the University of Missouri have developed a microfluidic chip and high-conductivity agarose gel that could enable a highly sensitive, portable, and reusable nucleic acid testing device for point-of-care and field applications.

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Gene drives might run into biological resistance, the Economist reports.

Forensic experts exhumed painter Salvador Dalí's body to collect DNA for a paternity test, CBS News reports.

Yale Environment 360 writes that synthetic and conservation biologists aren't always on the same wavelength, but they are trying to reach an understanding.

In Science this week: full CRISPR locus integration complex structure, and more.